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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Applebee’s Maple Butter Blondies Copycat
- 8×8 inch pan
For the Blondies
- 8 Tbsp butter melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
For the Maple Butter Sauce
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- ice cream we used butter pecan
For the Blondies
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 baking pan.
- In a large bowl, combine butter and brown sugar. Mix until smooth.
- Add egg, vanilla, and salt. Stir until blended.
- Mix in flour until combined. Fold in butterscotch chips.
- Spread the batter into the baking pan and bake for 25 minutes.
For the Maple Butter Sauce
- In a medium sauce pan, mix butter, sugar, cream cheese, maple syrup and brown sugar.
- Cook over medium heat and stir until smooth. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
- 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.
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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 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
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.
Taste just like if not better than Applebees! Also how far in advance can you make this?
You could make the blondies a few days in advance, but wait to cook the sauce until the day you are serving.
Hi! Quick question, I am about to try to make this recipe, do you use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar?
Is the flour AP or self raising?
Blonde brownies an maple cream…yummy!
This is way better than the restaurants version. Such a delicious treat. The blondie is perfect and the maple butter sauce, yum
I never tasted the applebees version, but this was very tasty! My family really liked it! Thank you!
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!
Oh wow! I love blondies, but the maple butter sauce really takes it to the next level, so good!
Not bad but does not taste much like Applebee’s. Still on the search for a better recipe.
YEa, I don’t believe theirs has any chips in it
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.
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
I cannot wait to try this , it looks absolutely delicious !! Thanks so much for sharing..
Sounds so good – thank you.
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.
Same! Very dissatisfied
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