Wednesday, January 19, 2011

White Chocolate Walnut Blondies with Maple Butter Sauce

All I can say is - YUM!! For those of you who know me well, you know that one of my all-time favorite desserts is a White Chocolate Blondie from Applebee's Restaurant. The first time I tasted one, my mouth had quite a party. The wonderful dense "white brownie" served hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a wonderful, hot, melt-in-your- mouth buttery maple sauce poured all over. Accented with some tasty crunchy walnuts! For this girl, it is the ultimate in desserts!

A few years ago, I tried a copy-cat recipe and I was, well . . . unimpressed. So, I kinda gave up my quest, and resigned myself to the fact that nobody could duplicate the Applebee's Blondie. I was curious but skeptical when I ran across this recipe over at Tasty Kitchen. Oh the joy when my husband exclaimed "you nailed it." It's all in the sauce. If the buttery, yummy sauce isn't right, the whole thing is a failure.

You'll want to make this! It's a great dessert for "just the family" or when your table is really packed with company!

This post has been linked to Eat at Home.

White Chocolate Walnut Blondies with Maple Butter Sauce
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 10 Tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 whole Eggs, Lightly Beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cups Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup (pure) Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
In another large mixing bowl, mix melted butter with brown sugar until well-blended. Add in beaten eggs and vanilla. Stir well.
Slowly add flour mixture to butter, sugar and egg mixture. Stir thoroughly but take care not to overmix your batter. Fold in nuts and chocolate. Batter will be thick.
Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray, then pour batter into 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake for about 25-30 minutes (until a toothpick inserted comes out clean).
For the sauce:
Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat (do not allow butter to burn). Then add heavy cream, maple syrup and corn syrup. Allow this mixture to simmer over medium heat for about 20-30 minutes. Do not boil, just a nice soft simmer. Stir occasionally. Once it has reduced by about 1/3, it's ready.

To serve: You can heat up blondie on a cast iron skillet, serve with vanilla ice cream and chopped walnuts, sauce poured on top.

Note: If using a glass pan, adjust heat to 325 degrees. You may need to bake slightly longer.


  1. This is one of those desserts you need the ice cream to cut the richness. Yum!

  2. I'm totally going to make this for my residents on one of my open house nights. This sounds incredible! Thanks Mom!

  3. So... I ended up making this for my residents. Probably 10 different students tried it and absolutely LOVED it! Many had seconds and even thirds! GREAT recipe! Thank you so much! I was sure to give the credit to "my amazing future mother-in-law who is one of the best cooks I know!" :)

  4. This recipe is awesome. Not hard to make...and you're nails the sauce! Thanks!

  5. Hi! I have a linky party called A Themed Baker's Sunday where this weeks theme is Chocolate! I'd love for you to either link this recipe or another chocolatey deliciousness!! Hope to see you there!