Applebee’s Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce

Thick and chewy pecan blondies served warm and topped with ice cream and rich cream sauce. Inspired by the famous Applebee’s restaurant dessert. 

Applebee's Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce

Sooooo Applebee’s. Love it, hate it, never been? Personally, I really like Applebee’s restaurant, they make a portobello chicken to die for and I’ve been known to order their massive appetizer sampler all for myself. I mean, it’s my entire meal, not a precursor to a regular entree, I’m not that nuts. But my husband, meh, doesn’t really love Applebee’s. He thinks the service is sub-par.

As with any restaurant (or anything for that matter) you’re gonna have lovers and haters, but I’ve never met anyone who didn’t enjoy Applebee’s blondie dessert.

Unless you don’t like super-rich and totally delicious desserts. In that case we might need to re-think our friendship.

Just joshin’! You know I heart you.

Applebee's Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce

I think Applebee’s has changed the name a couple of times but the dessert is pretty much the same idea here, a thick and chewy warm blondie (has to be warm) topped with cold ice cream (cause warm ice cream, ewe) and then drizzled (or drowning) with rich rich rich maple cream sauce. That sauce. It’s addicting. But did I mention it is rich?

Applebee's Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce

It’s the cream cheese + maple syrup. Real maple syrup. Not the fake stuff you buy to pour on your pancakes – and don’t get me wrong, I’m a big-time lover of fake maple syrup on my pancakes – but the real honest to goodness maple syrup. Sometimes it even says “real maple syrup” on the bottle. Just to make it really clear you know. Wouldn’t want to have any fake-real mixups.

Applebee's Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce

Whether or not you’ve tried Applebee’s blondie dessert is not really an issue here. What is really important is that you make my maple nut blondie. The one you see in this picture. That thick, chewy, topped with ice cream and maple cream sauce blondie. Oh and the white chocolate chips are optional. Except, they’re totally not. You want those chocolate chips in there. And if you’re allergic to nuts (awww mannnn, I’m sorry) then skip them! You can still enjoy this dessert without the nuts.

But if you’re not allergic, do not skip the nuts. Okay? Okay.

Applebee's Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce

What people are saying about this Applebee’s Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce

“This recipe was really good. I just made this last night with a couple minor adjustments… The topping came out so smooth and creamy. This blondie came out so good it just might be our new favorite dessert in this house!” – Kayla

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Applebee's Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce

Thick and chewy blondies served warm and topped with ice cream and rich maple cream sauce. Inspired by the famous Applebee's restaurant dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie, ice cream, maple
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 9
Author Tiffany


  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (such as Diamond of California)
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • ice cream (butter pecan or vanilla)

Maple Cream Sauce

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (such as Diamond of California)


  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8x8 inch baking dish. In a large bowl cream together melted butter and brown sugar. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.
  • In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Spread into prepared dish and bake for 20-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean.
  • While the blondies are baking, prepare the sauce. Combine butter, sugar, cream cheese, maple syrup, and brown sugar in a medium sauce pan and stir over medium heat until cream cheese and sugars are melted. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until ready to serve. (If needed, thin out with a bit of milk or heavy cream)
  • Serve blondies warm and top with ice cream and cream sauce. Optional: sprinkle with chopped walnuts or pecans.

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Holy Cow! All that maple goodness! What will I do with myself?

I love everything about this dessert!

Tiffany, this recipe and your photography look outrageous. Thank you so much for taking the time to share them. Thank you also for all of the other fine recipes you have shared this year. Happy Holidays, Ardith

    Thank you so much for your support and sweet words of encouragement Ardith!! I hope you like all of the new recipes I’ll be cooking up in 2015! 🙂

this sounds amazing!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Tiffany! : )

I have to shamefully admit that I’ve never had blondies before.. after seeing this post though, it is definitely something I need to make asap!

Family was craving blondies and this was the most handsome recipe I saw on foodgawker 🙂
I only ran into 2 problems. 1.) The amount this recipe made was too much for my 8×8 pan so I had to bake it close to an hour and covered it with foil the last 30 min to prevent further goldening.
2.) When I tried making the maple cream sauce I cooked the ingredients over medium heat and the cream cheese curdled and gave an unpleasant lumpy texture TT__TT. Next time I will be patientand cook the sauce over low heat, or omit the cream cheese cause I think the flavor is great even without it!
Overall, I L♥ve the taste of these blondies (vs shortcut yellow cake batter blondies) and would make again! Cheers!

    I admit, I didn’t let the cream cheese sit out very long on the counter before adding it to the pan. This article I read suggests I should ‘temper’ the cream cheese by not adding cold cream cheese directly into a pan, rather warming it up before adding it to the pan. Or I may omit the cream cheese next time and add heavy whipping cream instead. If one were to add heavy whipping cream, what amount would you suggest??

      Icky Lumps + Mighty Stick Blender = Smooth and Tasty GOODNESS!

      (or a blender)

      Problem solved.

I think the brownies would have been good except for they took over an hour to cook in an 8×8 pan and were burnt on the outside but gooey in the middle. Next time I will use a 9×9 or 9×13 pan. Also my cream cheese was super lumpy in my sauce and made it a weird texture. How do I get my sauce smooth?

    Hi Joy, not sure why your blondies took so long to cook – that’s strange! I’ve made these many times and never had an issue. With the sauce, if you put cold cream cheese into the sauce it can have that lumpy effect, putting it in at room temperature helps to make the sauce smooth!

    If you used a glass pan vs. Metal they would take way longer to cook, my guess is your 8×8 was glass?

These are delicious but I used a 8.5×8.5in pan and I’m having trouble getting them cooked as well. Guess I’ll try a larger pan next time!

The Maple Nut Blondie is one of my FAVORITE desserts from Applebee’s! Although I don’t order it all the time, it is absolutely delicious. I will definitely make this dessert sometime. 🙂

THANK U! I haven’t made it in so long I couldn’t remember how much of everything went in the sauce and its AMAZING how many recipes there are out there that are missing the key ingredient CREAM CHEESE!

The Maple Nut Butter Blondie is one of my favorite desserts from Applebee’s! I’m glad that I found the recipe on this blog, and of course, looking forward to making it!!!

I agree with the other commenters- it took these over an hour to bake in the 8 x 8 pan and were burnt around the edges and gooey (not in a good way) in the center. The sauce did turn out lumpy as well, no matter how much wisking I did. Wish I would have read the comments before baking! Definitely would not make again, not a solid recipe.

4 stars
This recipe was really good. I just made this last night with a couple minor adjustments. I added scant 1/4 cup of milk to the batter and cut the sugar by 1/2 cup. Then for the maple butter cream topping I added 1Tbs of bourbon. Also to ensure the cream cheese didn’t clump up I creamed the cream cheese into the other ingredients with a hand mixer before cooking it. The topping came out so smooth and creamy. This blondie came out so good it just might be our new favorite dessert in this house!

Was so excited to find this recipe for the Applebee’s maple blondie! I read thru other comments to see what experiences people had with the recipe…from what I found, I decided to use a 9″ square metal pan & planned on watching the temperature & time closely. Well, 350 deg. for 15 min. – then 325 deg. for another 15 min. – then covered with foil to prevent the top from over browning & 300 deg. for 30 min. – STILL not properly cooked, so I flipped it over into another pan to try to give the rest of it (bottom) a chance to cook! Went back up to 350 deg. for another 15 min. Since many have had this cooking issue, looks like this blondie recipe WILL NOT work, as written.
I will say the maple sauce turned out very well. Now I just have to find a new blondie recipe to go with it & buy more ingredients, since this had to go in the trash.

5 stars
So good!! Best site ever for delicious food!!

    Best compliment ever, Kerri! Thank you SO much!

Hey Tiffany, I am having the same issue as others. I have FOLLOWEd the recipe exactly as instructed yet it’s taking over an hour for the batter to bake all the way through. I believe The batter is too thick. Has the measurement changed or what am I doing wrong?

    I got the recipe from my mom.. as far as I know, it’s correct as written! She makes it regularly so I am not positive what the issue is! Sorry

Try this recipe for Blondie’s, it’s a hot every time I make it.


12 TABLESPOONS butter, melted

1⁄2 CUP granulated sugar

1⁄2 CUP brown sugar

4 LARGE eggs

1 TABLESPOON vanilla extract

2 1⁄2 CUPS flour

1 TEASPOON baking powder

1⁄2 TEASPOON baking soda

1 CUP chopped pecans

1 CUP white chocolate chips

the nuts that are sprinkled on should be candied if you really want to copy the original.


    Awesome idea, Sue! Thanks for sharing!!

5 stars
so good! I made for my husband for fathers day. What a treat and will definitely make again.

    Perfect father’s day treat if you ask me! Thanks for sharing, Susan! 🙂

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