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September 04, 2018

CARAMEL APPLE BUTTER BLONDIES

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Blondies don't get any more fudgy than these incredible Caramel Apple Butter Blondies. Sweet, chewy, and bursting with caramel and apple butter in every bite, they are THE perfect fall treat.

FUDGY CARAMEL APPLE BUTTER BLONDIES
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Hi there! Are you suffering from the post Labor Day blues like I am? It is a little sad that we have reached the unofficial end of summer. Although it has been a relatively quiet one for me, I hate to let it go.

One thing I am happy about is apple season and the plethora of everything apple!! Apple picking, apple cider, apple crisp, cinnamon apple donuts...all make saying goodbye to summer a little easier to take.

CARAMEL APPLE BUTTER BLONDIES

My contribution to AppleFest season are these most amazing blondies. One bite is all it takes to get hooked. Melted caramel chips and store bought apple butter provide intense flavor. Chopped walnuts add texture and perfectly cuts through the sweetness. These blondies are so easy to make that you can AND WILL want to make them over and over!


What is my trick for making fudgy and chewy blondies? The key is to whip a minimal amount of air into the batter. The more air, the more lift and the more cake-like the blondie becomes. For the same reason, very little leavening is used in this recipe, 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda for 2 cups of flour to be exact.

CARAMEL APPLE BUTTER BLONDIES

Eggs also contribute to the fudgy factor (say that ten times!) More eggs make for a cakey brownie. One egg is all this blondie needs. Also important is brown sugar (I used light brown sugar). The molasses in it enhances chewiness and moisture. A ratio of 3:1 ratio of light brown sugar to granulated sugar is right on.



CARAMEL APPLE BUTTER BLONDIES

My last tip for making fudgy blondies is to err on the side of underdone, just like you would for a good steak. These blondies require baking time of 55 to 65 minutes. When doing the toothpick test, you want the toothpick to come out with visible moisture but no wet clumps.

I really hope you'll try these. They are SO good!! Don't take my word for it, try it out for yourself! 



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CARAMEL APPLE BUTTER 
BLONDIES     

CARAMEL APPLE BUTTER BLONDIES


INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup caramel chips
8 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
1 1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup apple butter
3/4 cup chopped walnuts




INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 8"x8" inch square baking pan with baking spray.

Place caramel chips and butter in a medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave at 20 second intervals at 50% power. Stir. Continue microwaving and stirring until caramel chips are melted. Set aside. Allow to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl, beat sugars until they are the texture of coarse sand. Add butter and a caramel mixture. Beat to incorporate. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until just until egg is completely incorporated but without adding too much volume.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix until the flour is mostly blended. Add 1/2 of the apple butter. Mix to blend in apple butter, scraping sides of bowl as needed. It does not need to be fully incorporated. Repeat with adding and blending of 1/3 of the flour mixture and the rest of the apple butter.

End with adding the remaining flour. Mix again until mostly blended. Add chopped walnuts. Mix until all of the flour is incorporated. Do not over mix. Batter will be thick.

Spread batter in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with visible moisture but no wet clumps. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Makes 9 squares, about 2 1/2 inches each.


Recipe Notes:

  • For fudgy blondies, do not over mix blondie batter.
  • Cover the outer rim of baking pan with strips of aluminum foil at around the 40 minute mark if the blondie edges brown too quickly during baking.




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10 comments:

  1. I love absolutely all apple desserts. These caramel apple blondies look so good Thao. So moist and perfect and with the addition of walnuts for that extra crunch even better. Definitely saving this recipe and cannot wait to try.
    Thank you for the delicious recipe Thao...have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Ashika! I'm so happy you're going to make these and hope you'll like them!! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Ooooh! Those look so good! I love all the apple desserts and soft, a little underdone blondies sound like a great way to start the season. (Though this year I can't wait for the fall - it's been so hot. :) )

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    1. I like the fall. Just wished it wasn't followed by winter! I wanted these blondies to have a fall vibe, so I'm glad the apple butter accomplished that. I'm so glad that they are right up your alley, Annemarie! :)

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  3. These look so good!! I'm loving all of the apples about too. I'm currently dreaming about biting into one of these!! :)

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    1. Thank you Katherine! Apple season is fun (and delicious). I hope your comes true! :)

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  4. Gorgeous blondies! I am swimming in apples right and I was actually thinking about making apple butter, I could try your brownies once I have that.

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    1. Yummy! I bet that apple butter is going to be so good!! I hope you'll use some for these blondies! :)

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  5. These sound so heavenly. Love the tip on minimal whipping. Love the pics to. Take care :-)

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    1. Thank you Stacey! The blondies were a bit caky until I reduced the leavening and the volume. It makes such a difference.

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