Applebee’s Maple Butter Blondies

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Maple Butter Blondies are filled with maple butter flavor and has the perfect combination of a crisp flaky top and a gooey center. Top a square with butter pecan ice cream and homemade maple butter sauce for an incredibly decadent dessert.

Applebees Maple Butter Blondies with sauce and ice cream.

Maple Butter Blondies

If you are looking for a dessert that will impress any guest, you have to try these Maple Butter Blondies. It’s different enough from a typical dessert to be fun, while also having a flavor that’s tasty enough to please any crowd. The dense, rich and chewy texture is much like a brownie and perfect served with ice cream. A blondie recipe like this one is similar to a chocolate brownie, but it is made with brown sugar, butter, and vanilla rather than cocoa, giving it a butterscotch flavor instead of the standard chocolate one.

Ingredients to make Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.

The Best Blondie Recipe

I have to admit that this is an inspired dessert. I was first spurred to make this blondie recipe after trying my first blondie ever at Applebee’s. I’ll never forget the first time I tried it—my life was changed!

This dessert is so over-the-top good because it pairs sweet maple butter blondies with vanilla ice cream and a warm maple butter sauce. It is basically a blondie version of a brownie hot fudge sundae. You can find brownie hot fudge sundaes on the dessert menu at many restaurants, but only Applebee’s is the only major chain that offers the Maple Butter Blondie.

Thankfully you don’t have to make a trip to Applebee’s to enjoy the best blondie recipe ever. I am not joking, this blondie recipe is the best dessert I have ever had. It is just as good, if not better than the dessert at Applebee’s.

This dessert is so buttery, rich, and positively sinful. My whole family was raving about these blondies, especially the maple butter sauce. Your family will rave about this one too!

Spoon scooping out a bite of Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.

Tips for Baking and Storing Maple Butter Blondies

  • The best part about this recipe is they are so easy to make! The prep time is less than 5 minutes and then you can make the sauce while the blondies are in the oven.  Whisk all the ingredients together in a mixer on medium speed, then pour into a 13-inch baking pan. 
  • Chop a cup walnuts by hand or throw them in a food processor before adding to the batter.
  • Stir the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides down to avoid burning.
  • Insider’s tip: it is very important to make sure that the maple butter blondies cool all the way before you cut them. It is hard to wait because they smell so good coming out of the oven, but trust me, it is worth it.
  • If you happen to somehow have any leftovers, the blondies can be stored in an airtight container on the counter, or covered with plastic wrap.
Slice of plain Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.

Additions and Substitutions

  • Just like brownies, this blondie recipe can be made with or without nuts. I like to add about a walnuts or pecans to each recipe.
  • Substitute butterscotch chips for white chocolate chips.
  • Scoop vanilla ice cream or butter pecan ice cream over each slice.
Top view of Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.

More Butterscotch Recipes

If you like the flavor of butterscotch in your desserts and drinks, check out these delicious recipes.

  • Butterscotch Pie – This pie has a creamy butterscotch filling, is drizzled with butterscotch topping, and is sprinkled with butterscotch chips. It’s basically a butterscotch lovers dream!
  • Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies – Butterscotch and oatmeal go so great together! These cookies are slightly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
  • Butterbeer – Butterbeer was the invention of J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series. It was the drink of choice for the Hogwarts students at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade. It has a slight butterscotch flavor with a whipped cream butterscotch topping.
  • Seven Layer Cookie Bars – This is an extremely easy recipe that produces a chewy cookie bar loaded with chocolate and butterscotch.
  • Butterscotch Caramel Dipping Sauce – This dipping sauce is especially good with our beignets recipe. It can also be used as a topping for ice cream.

How to Make This Blondie Recipe

Ice cream and sauce over an Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.

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4.92 from 23 votes
Maple Butter Blondies have a crisp, flaky top and a gooey center.  It is like a buttery brownie!  Topped with butter pecan ice cream and Maple Butter Sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Servings 9



  • 8×8 inch pan


For the Blondies

For the Maple Butter Sauce


For the Blondies

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 baking pan.
    Ingredients to make maple sauce for Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.
  • In a large bowl, combine butter and brown sugar. Mix until smooth.
    Creamed butter and sugar for Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.
  • Add egg, vanilla, and salt. Stir until blended.
    Eggs and vanilla mixed into Applebees Maple Butter Blondies batter.
  • Mix in flour until combined. Fold in butterscotch chips.
    Butterscotch chips added in the batter for Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.
  • Spread the batter into the baking pan and bake for 25 minutes.
    Batter spread in baking dish for Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.

For the Maple Butter Sauce

  • In a medium sauce pan, mix butter, sugar, cream cheese, maple syrup and brown sugar.
    Ingredients to make Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.
  • Cook over medium heat and stir until smooth. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
    Whisk drizzling Applebees Maple Butter Blondies.
  • Once the blondies are cooked and cooled completely, cut blondies into squares and serve with butter pecan ice cream and drizzle sauce over the top.
    Applebees Maple Butter Blondies with sauce and ice cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 622kcalCarbohydrates: 92gProtein: 4gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 392mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 1gSugar: 78gVitamin A: 926IUCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 3 stars
    I made this recipe because I LOVE Applebee’s blondie. They’re blondie is however cakey, this recipe is for chewy, dense blondies. That’s ok but the recipe does not have that texture I was looking for so I added an additional cup of flour with some baking powder. Also the amount of butterscotch chips are way too much and makes the blondie overly sweet. I actually like toffee chips, pecan pieces and caramel flavored chips better because it tastes closer to Applebee’s flavor. Otherwise it is ok. The sauce is a very delicious one and will definitely make again.

    For a cakey blondie more similar to Applebees

    1 stick melted butter
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 cups of flour
    1 Tsp of baking powder
    1/2 Tsp salt
    1/2 cup caramel flavored chips (Ghirardelli) Instead of butterscotch.
    1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
    1/2 cup toffee bits

    Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8×8
    baking pan.

    Step 2 In a large bowl, combine butter and brown
    sugar. Mix until smooth.

    Step 3 Add egg, vanilla, and salt. Stir until blended.

    Step 4 Mix in flour until combined. Fold in butterscotch OR caramel chips, nuts and toffee pieces.

    Step 5 Spread the batter into the baking pan and
    bake for 20-25 minutes.

    Remove from oven, let completely cool before cutting.

  2. 5 stars
    This is way better than the restaurants version. Such a delicious treat. The blondie is perfect and the maple butter sauce, yum

  3. 5 stars
    That maple butter sauce it the perfect topping. I haven’t had the restaurant version, which is ok with me because this blonde hit the sweet tooth perfectly!

    1. Haven’t tasted this but just from looking at the recipe here is what I think would help.
      First I think it would taste more like Applebee’s if you melted the butterscotch chips and then folded them into the batter. It would make for a smooth blondie which Applebee’s is.
      Secondly don’t use butter pecan icecream, use French vanilla icecream.
      Then while your making your maple sauce toast your pecans in another pan and then throw them in the maple sauce.
      This is what I’m gonna try I’ll let you know how it turns out.

      1. Hey! How you tried your recipe? If so, how did it turn out? I’m looking to make the blonde very soon and I’m open for tips. Thanx in advance

    1. Made this exactly too recipe. Brownies were dry and sauce was very lumpy because of the cream cheese. I threw the entire sauce away and found a different recipe. Keep looking for a better recipe.

        1. I made this for my husband bc he moved the blondies from Applebee’s. He loved it. I do think next time I will melt the butterscotch chips and fold into the batter. I did use the white chocolate chips initiallly. I plan on making tomorrow so I will let you all know