Thick and chewy pecan blondies served warm and topped with ice cream and rich cream sauce. Inspired by the famous Applebee’s restaurant dessert.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
Applebee's Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce
- 10 tablespoons butter - melted
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
- ice cream (butter pecan or vanilla)
Maple Cream Sauce
- ⅓ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ¼ cup real maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ cup chopped walnuts - or pecans
- 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.
Sauce from Food.com.
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.
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.
So good!! Best site ever for delicious food!!
Best compliment ever, Kerri! Thank you SO much!