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Brown Butter Apple Blondies

Brown Butter Apple Blondies

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 blondies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Brown butter apple blondies are a must bake for fall! Studded with apples, drizzled with brown butter glaze, and perfectly spiced!



  • 1 1/2 cups apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg


  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter (for brown butter)
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups flour


  • 1 Tbsp brown butter, reserved from above
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Caramelize apples: Combine apples, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until apples are golden and tender. Remove from heat and transfer apples to a bowl to cool slightly.
  3. Brown butter: Place 10 tablespoons unsalted butter in saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a medium brown, about 5 minutes. Pour brown butter into a medium bowl, reserving 1 tablespoon brown butter for the glaze.
  4. Make blondies: Combine brown butter, brown sugar, egg, heavy cream, vanilla, and salt, whisking until smooth. Fold in flour until almost incorporated, then fold in caramelized apples.
  5. Scrape batter into prepared pan and use a piece of parchment paper coated with nonstick spray to press batter evenly into pan; tap pan sharply to remove air bubbles.
  6. Bake for 35 to 38 minutes, until golden and set in the middle, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  7. Make glaze: Whisk together reserved brown butter (melted), salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, powdered sugar, and heavy cream in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle glaze over blondies and let set before serving.
  8. Carefully lift parchment to remove bars from pan and place on a cutting board; cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Keywords: Brown Butter, Apple, Blondies, Bars, Fall Dessert