Applebee’s Maple Nut Blondie with Cream Sauce

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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.
4.55 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 9


  • 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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I made this tonight. I used a 9×13 pan. It baked for 30 minutes. I mixed all The sauce INGREDIENTS with a hand mixer before warming on the stove. It was amazing. Better thAn Applebees.

    Happy to hear you enjoyed this copycat recipe so much!

What kind of flour?

    Just your traditional all purpose flour 🙂

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Thanks So Much – I see that applebees completely removed it from their menu – the only reason i ever ate there was for that dessert. good memories of having one with my mom through the years, one of our last snacks together before she passed of stroke/alzheimers. Thanks for posting the recipe. Going to give it a try soon. very much appreciated more than you’ll ever know.

    This comment has made my day! I hope that you enjoy this recipe, for more than just one reason 🙂

    I was the same. Was so mad when i went there one day and they’re just like sorry we don’t make that anymore.

These were fantastic! so rich, chewy and crunchy. i will definitely make these again for parties or birthday. its been 10 years since i’ve had an applebees blondie so i don’t remember exactly how they taste but this recipe was how i remember the flavors. i didn’t have white chocolate chips or walnuts on hand but they were DELICIOUS anyway. surprised by how thick the batter was, almost like a cookie dough but it turned out wonderful!

Hello is this the same sauce they used on the pretzel bites as well? They no longer serve this either and was my favorite dessert of all time. This looks amazing also. Thank you.

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