Apple Toffee Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting

This past weekend Andrew and I went apple picking at Tanners Orchard. This was the first time we had been to this orchard and I was really impressed. If you don’t feel like picking your own apples, they have a large market where you can buy already picked apples, pumpkins and gourds. They also sell jams, apple butter, kettle corn, doughnuts and fall decorations. We had so much fun and couldn’t have asked for better weather. Apple picking has been a fall tradition ever since I can remember, so I was very excited when Andrew suggested that we go! 🙂 We came home with a peck of Jonagold apples, a gallon of apple cider and a few apple cider doughnuts.

Besides eating them out of hand, I LOVE to bake with apples. Loaded down with over ten pounds of apples, this recipe was the first one I wanted to try. I have been waiting to make these apple blondies since the season began. Chewy blondies bursting with little chunks of apple and toffee bits are slathered with an incredible brown sugar frosting. These blondies are wonderful with or without the frosting. Go ahead, you know you want one! 😉

Apple Toffee Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting

Chewy blondies bursting with little chunks of apple and toffee bits are slathered with an incredible brown sugar frosting.

Yield: 16 large brownies or 24 smaller brownies


For the Apple Toffee Blondies:
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup peeled, cored, chopped tart apple, 1 large
1/2 cup toffee bits

For the Brown Sugar Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup milk
2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Fold in chopped apples and toffee bits. (Batter will be thick)
Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 25- 30 minutes, or until center is set and toothpick inserted into the center come out clean. Place on wire rack to cool completely before slicing or frosting.
To make the frosting, melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm. Sift in the confectioner’s sugar, mixing until smooth. Spread evenly over blondies. Let frosting set before cutting into squares, about 30 minutes.

Source: adapted from Cookies & Cups originally adapted from 1001 Recipes

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46 Responses to “Apple Toffee Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting”

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — October 4, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    Katherine needs to make these and take them into work to see if the coworker that called your peach crumble bars apple fritters would call this peach cobbler. She also should make them because they look awesome!

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    Amy — October 4, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    Oooh, these look sooo good! I can’t wait to go apple picking this year. Now I have a great recipe for when I buy so many apples I don’t know what to do with them 🙂

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    Kim @ Eat What You've Got — October 4, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    This looks great! I wonder how it would work with some canned apples I have. You wouldn’t have as much of the texture, but the flavor would be there. Hum . . . I will have to try it and see.

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    thesundaysweet — October 4, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    I love this season! These blondies sound irresistible 🙂

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    Laura Britton — October 4, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Oh I love blondies! And these look amaaazing with the apple! I will have to try them 🙂

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    jennknee — October 4, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    you are RIGHT! I DO want one! 🙂 The Apple orchard day sounds like it was fun!

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    chicaandaluza — October 4, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    How lovely to go apple picking and THEN to make these amazing blondies. Am very jealous!

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    Aimee — October 4, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    These look and sound to die for!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — October 4, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    Just looking at that thick frosting is making me hungry. I’ve never been apple picking but I’ve always wanted to go. It sounds like so much fun.

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    Seriously Sassy Mama — October 4, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    How is a woman to cut back on sugar when she reads your blog! Yummy goodness!

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    overtimecook — October 4, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Delicious! I love apple recipes! I wonder how they’d be without the toffee though, not sure I have that at home.

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    chocolateandcarrots — October 4, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Wow…can I just have a tub of that frosting? 😉

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    juniakk @ mis pensamientos — October 4, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    sweet pea, perfect timing!! i am hosting an #applelove bloghop for the month of october 2011! submit your post so that others can find it too 🙂

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    Kara Goldsborough — October 4, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    These look awesome! I am definitely going to have to give them a try!! I am now drooling.

  15. #
    Susan — October 4, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    This looks like an amazing recipe. I can’t wait to make it!

  16. #
    Caroline — October 4, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go apple picking. I went to Julian with some friends a couple years ago and we walked around the quaint town, ate lunch, bought pies, etc., but when it came time to drive up the mountain to go apple picking I just couldn’t do it (I get car sick/nauseous really easily). So I kind of cut our trip a bit short (woops) but we still had fun! Anyways, on to these bars…they look absolutely amazing. Yes, I do want one!

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    clodcreek — October 4, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    Uuuuuzzzzz. These look and sound delicious! Need to bake these!

  18. #
    Erin — October 4, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    I really need to work on making fall-foods other than those involving pumpkin. I think these will do nicely 🙂

  19. #
    Michael Ann Riley — October 4, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    Oh wow, these look incredible! How do you do it? EVERY recipe you post looks sooo delicious! I swear, I want to try them all!

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    The Teenage Taste — October 4, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    These look so yummy! What a great idea! 😀

  21. #
    Leigh — October 5, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    We picked 70 lbs. of apples last weekend! I can’t wait to use some of them in this recipe. Looks and sounds delicious!

  22. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — October 5, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    I’m going apple picking in two weeks; I see some blondies in my future 🙂

  23. #
    Kelly — October 5, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Wow these sound absolutely amazing! Love your recipe! 🙂

  24. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — October 5, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    I’m all about apples right now. Those look delicious!

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    Tina@flourtrader — October 5, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Apples and toffee-what a delicious combination. I am ready to go apple picking, but I will need to bring these along for a snack. Yum!

  26. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — October 5, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    These look absolutely amazing and delicious! I’m pinning so I can make them after we go to Apple Hill here in Northern CA.

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    Susie — October 5, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    These look and sound amazing!!!! Brown sugar frosting looks so good.

  28. #
    Baker Street — October 5, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    Apples and Toffee! Just brilliant! Hope you’ll come and share it on our blog hop! 🙂

  29. #
    Lacy — October 6, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    These look absolutely delicious!! Love the brown sugar frosting. YUM!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — October 6, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    For breakfast, I’d take mine without the frosting. For dessert, definitely with!

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    Sandra — October 7, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    I love how chewy and dense they look. Give me a couple of these babies and a hot cup of tea, and I’m a happy camper!

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    ELBSeattle — October 8, 2011 @ 1:52 am

    I added a pinch of salt and 1 healthy teaspoon of vanilla to the frosting. Kicked it up a notch : )

    • Christina replied: — October 9th, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

      Ohhhh! I wil have to try that next time I make these! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed them! 🙂

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    Maddie — October 13, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    They look amazing, I will have to make them for my fiance. As for Tanners its just about as amazing I grew up going there all the time! Whenever we go home in the fall it is a must that we stop by! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did/do!

    • Christina replied: — October 18th, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

      Oh yes, I love Tanners! We have already been there 3 times this fall! The apple cider donuts are incredible! 🙂

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    Missy — October 24, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    These look delicious. Do you think they would work in a “mini” bar type of format/


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    Hezzi-D — November 16, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    These looks incredible! I’m having a harvest party next week and I think these will be dessert!

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  39. #
    Kris — September 12, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    PInning this now to make soon!

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    ruben — September 17, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    I just made these with dark brown sugar and dairy butter and i used 2 apples they are so good and moist you really dont need the icing so i will freeze it for something else

    • Christina replied: — September 18th, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed the blondies Ruben! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! 🙂

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    Joan@Chocolate and More — September 18, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    Just found you and these blondes through Stumbleupon, so glad I did. I’ve been in an apple frenzy lately. These will be perfect to send off to work with the hubby for his office staff. Pinning and now following you on FB!

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    Robyn — September 29, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

    i found the icing SUPER sweet and really took attention away from the delicious blondie! would leave it off next time!

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