Apple Blondies w/ Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting


Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple season is upon us.  I love apples, and I love baking with apples.  Unfortunately my family has something wrong with them, and they don’t like apple desserts.  My son loves apples dipped in peanut butter, but that is where it ends.  Seriously, the kid won’t even eat applesauce.  I know. I screwed up some how.  My husband, he doesn’t like the skin of the apple.  Or so he claims.  Because I offer to peel them, and he still won’t eat them.  So whatever, more for me!

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

My monthly cooking club started up again yesterday.  This month the theme was fruits.  Since apples are everywhere lately, I decided to do an apple dessert.  I knew the ladies would be much more appreciative of this than my family.  I almost went the savory route, but I was craving some soft, cinnamony, baked apples.  I am semi-obsessed with blondies, and apples seemed like the perfect thing to mix in.  Plus I topped the blondies with frosting, so that makes it even better, right?

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Can we talk about the frosting for a minute?  I wanted something sweet, but not just a plain vanilla.  So I added brown sugar and cinnamon.  It has a little spice, a deeper color, and so much flavor.  I am pretty sure I will be finding lots more ways to use this frosting.  As you can see these blondies are mostly layers of apples, with a little bit of blondie mixed in.  I personally loved it that way, but you could dice your apples and use less of them if you wanted more blondie to apple.  Either way, this is one of my new favorite fall treats!

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Blondies w/ Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Yields 16

Blondies with soft, cinnamony, apples in them topped with a cinnamon brown sugar frosting

10 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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    Apple Blondies
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbls milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, and an egg until light and fluffy. Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir until combined. Fold in apples.
  3. Pour into baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. To prepare the frosting, mix together all of the ingredients until you get the desired consistency. Adjust the powdered sugar and milk as necessary. On blondies are completely cooled, frost.


Adapted from Caramel Potatoes



  1. That is one good, thick layer of frosting. Exactly how I like it!

  2. These look like one irresistible fall treat! I love the cinnamon frosting!

  3. Love the cinnamon brown sugar frosting! Perfect for topping apple bars!

  4. These Blondie’s look awesome! How could your family not like apple desserts?!? Especially this one. My dad won’t eat blueberries or blackberries but he devours the desserts I make with them.

  5. Love your idea of adding apples to the blondie! Gosh these look delicious. :)

  6. I’m all about apples right now! What a perfect fall treat these are!

  7. I am so happy apples are abundant at the farmer’s market now. Baking with apples is a fall favorite.

  8. I have apples in the fridge waiting to be eaten, so I may have these blondies in my future!

  9. YUM-o! I love the combination of apples and brown sugar frosting. I cannot wait to give these a try!

  10. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Definitely waiting for apple baking season. It never gets cooler here til it’s practically Christmas but I can’t resist desserts like this:)

  11. Oh wow, these are just sinful!

  12. Oh, that frosting sounds divine! WANT :)

  13. Yum apple blondies sound great, I have got to try these little blondies.

  14. Those look delicous and a perfect entree into fall! I bet these did not last long!

  15. Yeah! I say poo on those husbands who are against apple desserts. Mine? He likes apples but doesn’t like nutmeg, cloves, or allspice. So basically… he won’t get any baked goods from me until January!

    And these look perfect for fall! Love the flavors. :)

  16. I made these today for a little weekend treat. They definitely satisfied my apple craving. Love the icing! Next time I will probably cook the blondies for a bit longer as mine were somewhat falling apart once cut up, but they are still so good! I will be making them again.

  17. These look absolutely delectable!! I love how there’s lots of apple added, too. One question, please…has anyone ever added toffee? Would that affect the recipe? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! :)

    • I haven’t added toffee, but those toffee chips would be great in there! It shouldn’t affect the recipe at all, just add them when you add the apples! Let me know how it turns out.


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