The reviews are in on yet another fall-themed apple dessert and there are more than a few sticky thumbs-up in the crowd. Keep in mind there might have been a slight error in tallying the votes as I'm pretty sure a lot of the ladies at girls night were licking their fingers. I know I was constantly licking spoons and stealing apples out of the batter when I was mixing up the dough. Tell me, what is better than apples coated cinnamon-y fall-flavored batter? Nothing? Nothing. That's right - you found my Achilles heel. So anyone who is trying to trick a favor or a slice of cake out of me… use this piece of information wisely.
I came across the recipe when I was trying to look for an alternative to baking a whole apple pie. Don't get me wrong, it's one of my favorite desserts out there and little is more rewarding than seeing a homemade pie emerge from of the oven. But you see people, it's a lot of work and waiting. The dough, the baking… the resisting of eating apples covered in spices and sugar straight out of the mixing bowl. Sometimes a girl just needs a break. Good thing these apple spice blondies are a pretty good pie substitute without sacrificing flavor.
Before I leave you to the recipe, a piece of wisdom: don't ship your sister these blondies 3,000 miles wrapped in only some tin foil and enclosed in a measly flat rate envelope. It's true, they will show up on her door room stoop flattened like a sheet of paper and virtually inedible. At least she got a sassy card with the package…
Apple Spice Blondies
Adapted from: Beantown Baker
- 2 c. plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- small pinch ground cloves
- 1/2 c. butter substitute, melted
- 1 c. packed brown sugar
- 1 c. white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 3 small apples, cored and diced (I used a hodgepodge of apples I picked a few weeks back)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 9x13 pan with foil and baking spray (I doubled the recipe and used one 9x13 and one 8x8 pan because I wanted them to be thicker).
- In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Whisk to combine well and set aside.
- In bowl of stand mixer, combine sugars and butter and beat on medium high until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well to combine. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.
- Turn mixer on slow and fold in flour mixture a little at a time until just combined. Fold in apples.
- Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan.
- Place in oven and bake until cooked through, when top slightly bounces back to the touch, about 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan, cutting and serving. Bars will be very soft.