Caramel Apple Blondies

I know, I know. Another apple post this week, but I just couldn’t help myself. I might need an apple intervention. However, as luck would have it I am almost through my bushel.

I really try not to overload the kids on sugary snacks, even for dessert. But again, I just couldn’t help myself. I reasoned that on a crisp, fall day nothing could taste better than some ooey, gooey blondies. Especially when they just scream fall. I also couldn’t wait until dessert to have the sons try them. So to celebrate hump day (I can’t every say that without hearing my kids, echoing that extremely annoying commercial) and good attitudes so far and to fortify them to finish the week out that way, we had them for an afternoon snack. Shh, don’t tell anyone. I don’t want the mommy-verse frowning upon me.

We enjoyed these with a cold glass of milk, but warmed up and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream they are to die for. We were in Fall Heaven!

Caramel Apple Blondies

4 Sons 'R' Us: Caramel Apple Blondies

 

recipe adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup apple, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Kraft caramel baking bits

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the brown sugar to the melted butter and stir until combined. Add the vanilla and the eggs to the brown sugar mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the brown sugar mixture and stir until all combined. Fold in the apple and caramel baking bits.
  4. Scrape the batter into the baking pan and smooth the top using a knife or spatula.
  5. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the blondies comes out clean.
  6. Let the blondies cool completely and then cut into large squares.

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad

The boys all look forward to having this for dessert when we come home from the orchard, and this year was no different. I love how easy this is to prepare and how it takes advantage both of the fantastic prices on fresh picked apples, but also the sales on candy in anticipation of Halloween. Cheap and easy? That’s my kind of dessert! Inundated with apples after an orchard trip? Trying to find recipes to use to take advantage of the awesome fall prices at the grocery store? If you’re looking for something different to do with all those apples, be sure to give Snickers Salad a try.

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad

4 Sons 'R' Us: Caramel Apple Snickers Salad

  • 5-6 full-size snickers candy bars
  • 4 medium apples, we used Crispin
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding mix, dry
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 16 oz tub of cool whip, thawed to room temp
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping or syrup

Directions

  1. In a bowl add pudding, milk, and cool whip. Stir until evenly combined.
  2. Chop up snickers and apples into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Stir the snickers and apples into the pudding mixture until evenly combined.
  4. Pour the snickers salad into a serving dish and drizzle with the caramel topping.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.