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Recipe for Caramel Apple Blondie bars using fresh apples.
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Caramel Apple Blondies

These caramel apple blondies are full of apple chunks, caramel chips, and warm spices. These bars are soft and chewy and best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Brownies & Bars
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 blondies
Author: Natalie Dicks

Equipment

  • 9x13 inch pan

Ingredients

  • 1 medium apple peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 12 tbsp. 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granualted sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 c. caramel chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 9×13-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, add the apples. Heat for 1 minute on half power. Squeeze excess liquid out. Toss in cornstarch and spices. Set aside.
  • In a microwave safe mixing bowl, add the butter. Melt on half powder for 1-2 minutes or until almost melted. Whisk to completely melt.
  • Add sugars, egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract. Beat mixture by hand for 30 seconds. Let the batter rest for 30 seconds then beat again for 30 seconds.
  • Add flour, salt, and baking soda. Using a rubber spatula, mix until combined. Fold in caramel chips and prepared apples. Sprinkle the top with additional coarse sea salt if desired.
  • Transfer dough into the prepared baking pan. Using the spatula, spread the dough into an even layer.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cookie bars are set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before cutting and serving.

Notes

-Hershey's Kitchens also makes sea salt caramel chips.
-If you prefer less detectable apple pieces, grate the apple using the large holes on the grater, squeeze all excess liquid out, then roughly chop. Add the cornstarch and spices as directed.