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Cinnamon Sugar Apple Blondies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I am finally letting go of summer.

The signs of fall are all around me and it’s getting a little hard to ignore!

The changing leaves, dropping temperatures, and appearance of Halloween treats at the store seems to have finally done the trick and reprogrammed my brain.

So…I am now officially craving all things pumpkin, apple, and all those delicious spices that go along with them; cinnamon, cloves, and my fave, nutmeg.

Better late than never, right?

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Blondies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Blondies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I have a thing for blondies.  I like that they are not so rich as brownies.  I like that there are so many variations on blondies…such as Oatmeal-Spiced Pear Blondies, or Bourbon and Brown Butter Blondies.

These blondies are to die for!  They have soft, sweet apples, crunch from chopped walnuts, and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar, giving these guys the essence of fall.  Also, giving my house the smells of fall.  The apple-cinnamony smells lingered for hours!

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Blondies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Blondies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

As you can probably tell from the photos, these are not necessarily the dense, gooey blondies that you may be accustomed to.  These are slightly more light and cakey.  They are super moist, thanks to the 2 cups of diced apples, and have very soft, pillowy tops rather than a crunch or crust.

Do these things really bother you?  They certainly don’t seem to bother me one bit.

I am currently in danger of single-handedly consuming the entire batch.

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Blondies
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Delicious cinnamon sugar sprinkled apple blondies.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9
  • ½ cup butter (unsalted)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg (fresh if possible)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups apples (peeled, cored, cut into small pieces (~1/2 inch))
  • ⅛ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well blended. Stir in walnuts and apples.
  3. Scrape batter into a greased 9 x 9 inch pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar topping and then cool in pan.
  4. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the apple blondies immediately after removal from the oven.

Recipe adapted from About.com

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  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs September 25, 2013, 5:24 am

    Aw these sound absolutely delish, look at those tops: they’re wonderful! I’d totally keep the whole batch for myself if I were you… these look way too good to share 😉
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    • Denise September 27, 2013, 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Consuelo! I can proudly report that I did share…a couple of them 😉

  • Dina September 25, 2013, 6:58 pm

    they sound yummy!
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  • Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com September 26, 2013, 9:24 pm

    These look absolutely perfect! Fall is my favorite season, and even though the weather in my area doesn’t feel very fall-ish yet, I’m so excited to start my autumn baking with apples, pumpkin, etc. Love these bars!

    • Denise September 27, 2013, 4:02 pm

      Hey Elizabeth! It really hasn’t felt very fall-ish here either, and it took me a long time to jump on the ‘fall baking’ bandwagon. But now I’m glad I did…doesn’t fall baking smell the BEST?

  • Lisa October 3, 2013, 5:41 pm

    Yum! I think this will be my next baking endeavor. Just to check—is that second amount of baking powder listed (1/4 teaspoon) supposed to be baking soda? Thank you! Can’t wait to try these…
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    • Denise October 3, 2013, 6:24 pm

      Yes! Thank you for catching that mistake! I have updated the recipe. Hope you enjoy them…they didn’t last long around here!

      • Lisa October 7, 2013, 4:57 am

        Thank you for clarifying, Denise! I just made these last week (with brown butter!) and they are truly divine. This recipe is a keeper—thank you!
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        • Denise October 24, 2013, 9:45 pm

          Yum, brown butter is my favorite! I bet that made these even better :)

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