Apple pie blondies are an easy fall dessert that combines chewy blondie bars with the flavors of apple pie. They make a great Thanksgiving dessert option to traditional apple pie.
Some people decide to go on a health kick when their birthday rolls around. They make a resolution for their big day. I am not against that, but it appears that this year, I unconsciously decided to do the opposite. Instead of walking a few extra miles each day to keep the hands of time from spinning past me, I dove right into a week of sweets, frozen confections and pie.
All the while I had a recipe on my mind for apple pie blondies…
I am not much of a sweets lover by nature. I like a small slice of cake every now and then, but it has to be just right, because I don’t eat sweets just for the sake of eating sweets. A nice homemade pie or cake made from scratch is what I crave. Until then, I can hold out until I see something I like.
The day of my birthday, I attended the Country Living Magazine Fair in Columbus, Ohio. I was surrounded by high end antiques, home decor and fine foods. The highlight of my day was the deep dish apple cobbler that I get there every year. I have never had anything like it anywhere else. It is made fresh on site, in deep cast iron skillets over a wood fire.
Later that evening, we drove a few miles from our hotel to visit Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream shop. Jeni’s is a small chain of handcrafted ice cream shops that boasts such flavors as salty caramel, goat cheese and cherry ,and corn and blackberry. I sampled over 15 of her different flavors that day before I settled on dark chocolate and salty caramel.
We even went back the next day. I felt like I should live a little. We were out of state on my birthday after all! Who knew when I would be near another Jeni’s again? Later that day, my kids and I toured the Graeters Ice Cream factory outside Columbus. Starting to see a theme here? I decided to skip the tasting portion of the tour.
A few days later, when I gathered with my family to celebrate my husband’s birthday, my mother came bearing desserts in honor of his special day. Not only had she made a deep, thick cheesecake, but she had also made me a Texas sheet cake! So of course I had to have some. I vowed that day that I would not eat another sweet for a month to balance out the fact that I had overindulged so much that week.
I had neglected to remember that I had been asked to be a “celebrity” judge for an event to raise money for Indianapolis School on Wheels, an educational charity to help homeless children in Indianapolis. I was asked to judge all of the pies in the fruit category. Well, my dessert hiatus would start after that.
My kind sister brought me over a bushel of ripe pears this week as well. I made a few dishes for dinner incorporating. The pear-Parmesan salad is so delicious! There were 6 pears left over that needed to be used. I thought of no better way to consume them than by making a pear upside down cake. Just one slice and I was off the wagon again.
And I STILL hadn’t made the apple pie blondies that I had been thinking of all week!
My kids and I visited Taylor Farm Market and I left with a few large apples, excited to finally be using them to make an easy dessert recipe!
Apple pie blondies are really good topped with vanilla bean ice cream or some of the Best Boy & Co Bourbon Barrel Caramel. They are a delicious combination of chewy blondies and apple pie.