I can’t believe we are a week away from Thanksgiving! If you aren’t into pies, these maple butter blondies would be a great option to serve for dessert. Or these are great to serve anytime during the fall/winter season.
This recipe is a copy cat recipe for a dessert served at the chain restaurant Applebee’s. I have never tried this dessert at Applebee’s before but it sounded delicious. There are former Applebee employyes who have tried this recipe and said it is spot on.
The base of this dessert is a soft chewy blondie. It include chunks of white chocolate and walnut pieces folded in the batter. There is also walnuts that you process to be more of a flour in the blondie base.
After you make the blonies, each square is topped with a scoop of ice cream, a maple butter sauce, and walnut pieces. The maple butter sauce is simple and easy to make. You heat maple surup and butter in a sauce pan.
Once the butter and syrup are bubbling and thickened, you mix in some cream. Then you cook it again until the sauce reaches a caramel consistency. The warm chewy cookie based paired with the creamy ice cream and the sweet maple sauce.Print
- For the Blondies:
- 10 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- 1 cup walnut pieces, divided
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 Tbsp vanilla
- 6 oz white chocolate, cut into chunks
- For the sauce:
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 6 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 walnut pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 9 x13 inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter the foil.
- Pulse 1/2 cup of the walnuts in a food processor until almost fine (do not overprocess). Whisk the ground walnuts together with the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
- In another bowl, beat butter and brown sugar together with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat in the vanilla.
- Gradually beat in the dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in the white chocolate and the remaining 1/2 cup walnut pieces.
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes until light brown around the edges and it spring back when pressed. Cool slightly on a rack.
- In the meantime, make the topping by adding the maple syrup and butter in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the mixture bubbles and thickens, swirling the pan, about 6 minutes. Add the cream and continue to cook until the mixture is the consistency of caramel.
- Using the foil, lift the blondies out of the pan and cut into large bars. Serve each square warm topped with ice cream, the maple-butter sauce and some of the 1/2 cup walnuts for topping. Makes 9 servings.
This recipe is adapted from Food Network.