Applebees may have some mediocre food, but their Maple Butter Blondie is pretty good. It's not a normal blondie, however, it has a cake-like texture, topped with vanilla ice cream and a creamy maple sauce. Chopped walnuts are sprinkled about for good measure.
If you're like me, you wouldn't mind having seconds. So why not make it at home and you'll be on your way to a real sugar coma.
I've tested a few of the other copycat recipes out there, but they didn't seem quite right. Either the blondies were fudgy in texture, or the maple sauce was a brown sugar base. Those traits don't match Applebees' dessert.
So I mixed and matched a few recipes to come up with a cake-like blondie, with a light colored sauce. I’d say the sauce is spot on. But the blondie isn’t exactly like Applebees’ quite yet, but it’s pretty good.
1 ½ sticks butter (12 Tbs.) melted
3/4 c. granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
2 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
1 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. cream
½ c. white chocolate chips
¼ c. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. maple extract
1 c. sour cream
Scoop of vanilla ice cream
- In a mixer, blend butter and sugars until creamy.
- Add vanilla, then add eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated.
- Mix in flour, baking powder and baking soda.
- Fold in white chocolate chips and nuts.
- Grease a 9 by 13-inch glass pan and smooth top of mixture with a spatula.
- Bake 350° for 25-30 minutes.
- Combine cream, chips and sugar in a saucepan and cook, constantly stirring on medium heat right until bubbly and thickened. Be careful not to burn the sugary sauce.
- Remove from heat and add maple flavoring and sour cream. Sauce will thicken more as it cools. This is about as close as you'll get to the Applebees sauce if I do say so myself. :-)
- Cut brownies and top with a scoop of ice cream, then top with sauce and sprinkle with more nuts.
Tightly cover any left-over blondies.