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Brown Butter Apple Blondies Recipe

These soft and sweet brown butter apple blondies are the perfect dessert for the end of the year. They are bursting with apples and filled with flavors like brown sugar, warm vanilla, and cinnamon.

Brown Butter Apple Blondies Recipe

There’s nothing not to love about these brownie alternatives. In fact, sometimes I crave these more than their traditional counterparts. In order to make this dish, you have to split up the recipe into three different parts. Let’s get started.

A Look At The Ingredients List

  • Butter: This recipe calls for a lot of it, but it’s so worth it!
  • Apples: pears would work, too
  • Brown Sugar: for a warmer flavor that white sugar
  • Cinnamon: use slightly more or less to your liking
  • Vanilla: the perfect addition to any baking recipe
  • Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, milk: essentials to baking

Brown Butter Ingredients: 

  • 2 sticks butter
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Brown Butter Directions: 

Slice the butter into pieces and place it into a large skillet. Melt butter over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once melted, continue to stir. Butter will begin to foam. Continue to stir and cook for about 5 minutes.

melt butter

Butte will begin to brown and specks will begin to form. Remove from heat and pour 1 cup into an oven-safe bowl and 1/4 into a separate bowl. Be careful as the butter is very hot. Return pan to the stove to set aside for apples. 

apple ingredients

Apple Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Apple Directions: 

Add apples to skillet and heat over medium heat, until slightly softened, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

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Blondie Ingredients: 

  • 1-2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Blondie Directions:

 Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13x2 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 
Whisk together 1 cup brown butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a small mixing bowl. Set aside. 
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix well.

Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until combined. Fold in apples. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 33-35 minutes or until edges are browned and the center is set. Remove from oven and cool completely. 

icing

Brown Butter Icing

  • 1/4 cup browned butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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Icing Directions: 

Add 1/4 cup brown butter to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 10 seconds or until melted.

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Stir well. Add brown butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla to a bowl and whisk well. Spread on top of cooled brownies.

icing refrigerated

Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.  Remove from the refrigerator and cut into 24 bars. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

Makes 24 bars

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What do you think about these apple brownies? Something you’d like to try? If you love the taste of apple, consider these other apple recipes I have on the blog:

Tips and Variations

  • If you’d like to swap out the apples for pears, you could absolutely do so. It would be a great idea.
  • While your brownies are cooling, you could work on your frosting. It’s important for your brownies to cool completely before you add your frosting. Otherwise, it will just melt off and become a mess.
  • It seems like a lot of steps, but this recipe is completely doable and your family will love it. Don’t get discouraged by the way it is all cut up.
  • The browning of the butter is easy, but it’s HOT, I may have melted a plastic measuring cup by scooping it into a measuring cup. 🙂
  • Browning butter really does make a recipe taste different. The additional step takes about 5-7 minutes and is worth the effort.
  • Consider adding a dab of apple butter to this recipe to add an extra layer of sweetness to your blondies. Start with 1/4 cup.
brown butter bars recipe

Brown Butter Apple Blondies

Yield: 24

These soft and sweet brown butter apple blondies are the perfect dessert for the end of the year. They are bursting with apples and filled with flavors like brown sugar, warm vanilla, and cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • Brown Butter Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks butter
  • Apple Ingredients:
  • 2 cups apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Blondie Ingredients:
  • 1-2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Brown Butter Icing
  • 1/4 cup browned butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Brown Butter Ingredients: 

2 sticks butter

Brown Butter Directions: 

Slice the butter into pieces and place into a large skillet. Melt butter over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once melted, continue to stir. Butter will begin to foam. Continue to stir and cook for about 5 minutes. Butte will begin to brown and specks will begin to form. Remove from heat and pour 1 cup into an oven-safe bowl and 1/4 into a separate bowl. Be careful as the butter is very hot. Return pan to the stove to set aside for apples. 

Apple Ingredients: 

2 cups apples, peeled, cored and chopped

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Apple Directions: 

Add apples to skillet and heat over medium heat, until slightly softened, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Blondie Ingredients: 

1-2/3 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2-1/3 cups all purpose flour

1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

Blondie Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13x2 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 

Whisk together 1 cup brown butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in a small mixing bowl. Set aside. 

Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until combined. Fold in apples. Spread into prepared pan. 

Bake for 33-35 minutes or until edges are browned and center is set. Remove from oven and cool completely. 

Brown Butter Icing

1/4 cup browned butter

3-4 tablespoons milk

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Icing Directions: 

Add 1/4 cup brown butter to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 10 seconds or until melted. Stir well. Add brown butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla to a bowl and whisk well. Spread on top of cooled brownies. Refrigerate for 1 hour our until firm. 

Remove from the refrigerator and cut into 24 bars. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

Notes

Makes 24 bars

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 1gSugar: 58gProtein: 3g

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