Apple Toffee Blondies

Apple Toffee Blondies are buttery blondoes with tart apple pieces and sweet toffee bits! It's topped with a brown sugar frosting!

Apple Toffee Blondies are JAM PACKED with sweetness. From the buttery, apple blondies, studded with toffee bits, to the brown sugar frosting, these are always a huge hit!

This recipe as been a classic on my site for so many years. I wanted to give the photos a little spruce up, but I left the recipe EXACTLY the same. Sometimes things are just perfect as-is!

It’s September, which means apple vibes are in full effect. BUT I have to say that I am an apple girl all year long. Certainly they’re in abundance this time of year, but I don’t discriminate when it comes to my sweet treats. That would be wrong.


And the great thing about this recipe is you can make it like I show here…with tart apple pieces and toffee bits inside a buttery blondie, topped with a rich and sweet frosting…OR you can leave out the toffee bits, if that isn’t your thing…or even leave off the frosting!

Personally, I am a frosting girl, but I have made these and dusted them with a little powdered sugar and they were still amazing. The frosting is just an added bonus for those of us with a serious sweet tooth!

Apple Toffee Blondies are buttery blondoes with tart apple pieces and sweet toffee bits! It's topped with a brown sugar frosting!

This is a straight forward recipe. The hardest part is chopping your apples.

Then mix up your batter and spread it in your pan.

Bake it, let it cool and spread some yummy frosting on top.

Apple Toffee Blondies are buttery blondoes with tart apple pieces and sweet toffee bits! It's topped with a brown sugar frosting!

Now, go on, go get your daily fruit serving.

Apple Toffee Blondies are buttery blondoes with tart apple pieces and sweet toffee bits! It's topped with a brown sugar frosting!

I know you will love these as much as I do!

And don’t forget to post your pictures on social media to use #cookiesandcups so I can find you!



Apple Toffee Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting

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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 30 bars



  • 2/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup peeled, chopped tart apple (1 large)
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9×13 baking pan lightly with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and brown sugar for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking powder and continue mixing until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Turn mixer to low and add in the flour mixing until just combined.
  4. Stir in the chopped apples and toffee bits until evenly distributed.
  5. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes until the center is set.
  6. Let cool completely before slicing or frosting.


  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add brown sugar and milk and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar with a whisk and let cool until it thickens enough to spread.
  3. Let frosting set for at least 30 minutes and then cut into bars.




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I was just about to make your Chocolate Toffee Bars, and now? This deliciousness! I don’t know what to do! Which to make?! But this is a good sign when this is the today’s hardest decision.

Glory/ Glorious Treats

Ok, these look SOOOOO good!! I want to run to the store for apples and make these!! And normally I’m not a fruit in dessert kind of gal either, but boy do these sound good!


Haha, I love the bit about your dream and getting mad at your husband. I sometimes find it difficult to forgive people for things they’ve done in my dreams. They should be more careful about how they behave in my head!

I don’t even know where to begin on these. They look so good, I’m wondering when I could make them!

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie

I just have to make these this weekend. They looks AMAZING 🙂

barb kelly

I, too, get angry at my husband for something that happened in a dream. See…….we are all normal 🙂

Cookbook Queen

I LOOOOVE desserts with apples in it. True story.

Also, word to the wise–never buy clothing from a store that also specializes in oil changes and tools. The End.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

Precisely why I don’t watch the news!

Um, I kind of want to make everything you make lately! Another recipe to save!!


These sound delicious and the icing takes these to a whole nother level. I relatively new to your blog and I’m still in awe of your recipes and photos. You’ve created a beautiful spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoy the time I spend here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

Pedey @ Do You Smell That

That brown sugar frosting is speaking to me! YUM!

Heather @ Curly Girl Kitchen

I’m torn between so many amazing looking recipes! I don’t know what to make first…

Karriann Graf

A perfect fall treat! Happy Baking!

This is a GREAT one Shel! I don’t know how you come up with these things! This one is going to be a hit…perfect for fall. Now for the list…I can tie a cherry with my tongue. Does this change what you think of me? I saw the housewife thing too. From the dentist’s office. All I could think is that my life would be much improved if I looked like her. I know someone who is Toddler and Tiara’s material, and I shift between wanting to punch her, and thinking about abducting her child. And, um, I bet Kim… Read more »

Kardashians at Sears? Hmmmm, seems kind of like a sell out. But these bars – I would be in trouble around these babies!


Such a LOVELY and oh so YUMMY looking dessert with fruit in it! I’ve been excited to start baking with apples as Fall has gotten into full swing here in Southern NH….your recipe is just what I’ve been looking for! Many, many thanks! 🙂


I have this weird feeling that I’ve made these before…it goes really well with your weird morning. I saw a commercial for an episode of the Kardashians where they were talking about their clothing line. Apparently there is “something for everyone”. Unless you don’t like leopard.


OMG seriously…you almost make me piddle in my pants. I hate when I have those kinds of dreams when I wake up pissed at the world! I have actually woken up and gave my sleeping husband a huge punch on the arm because he was “cheating” on me with Susan Boyle!
And “Like” I cant believe the Kardashians are selling at Sears. I mean, they could have made a deal with JCPennys at least!
But I do love your yummy dessert. That makes up for my husband cheating on me with Susan Boyle


That does sound like an odd morning, The blondies look great tho and I bet they taste great as well!! Heres hoping you had a better day 🙂


Yay! A great recipe for fall… looks yummy!


Brown sugar frosting?? Now that sounds amazing to me! I sure hope your day got a lot better after posting this! I mean if you ate more of these bars, I’m sure that would help:-)

Jodi Hall

These look really yum!

Amy | She Wears Many Hats

I can tie a cherry stem with my mouth but I don’t remember being in your dream last night.

Yummy dessert my friend.


A. Can’t tie a cherry with my tongue.
B. Don’t watch her show.
C. Don’t watch that show.
D. Glad he didn’t miss the bus
E. Don’t watch their show and tired of seeing their faces at my supermarket check-out.
F. Love this recipe, love that there is fruit in it and that it’s apple and love that it has a brown sugar frosting.

Amy K

This post cracks me up. Your husband seems to be very easy going! 🙂
These look delicious – pinning them for this weekend when I’ve got a hard-working, hungry crew of men here harvesting corn. Gotta love fall!

bridget {bake at 350}

Fruit with frosting is perfectly acceptable. I’m not sure there is another way to eat fruit…other than mixed with sugar, baked and topped with frosting! 😉 Beautiful pics!


Ok, I heard about this Kardashians clothing line. It sounds just straight U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi you ugly, ya ya you ugly. I hope today starts off slightly less bizarre. Maybe you should eat these for breakfast, that’ll get your day headed in the right direction!


Fruit in blondies topped with brown sugar frosting sounds like a great way to eat it. I LOVE this frosting!

Robyn Rasmussen

I must admit I have now pinned every recipe of yours that I have looked at so far. I am so excited to have found and now follow your amazing blog. In fact, I have chosen to feature you on my Follow me Fridays post today. Please stop by:
and grab a button! 🙂
-Robyn from Tips from the Heart


I love dessert with fruit it in!! These sounds wonderful I hope I find time to make them soon!


The blondies look great.

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

Oh my goodness. These look awesome. I’m thinking football food, and I’m thinking I need to make it happen SOON! 🙂


I just made blondies with apples-will have to post the recipe soon. Loved them! I love that you added toffee. I am going to make these next!


I have everything to make these! WAHOO! *I might even add in some Caramel to the batter.
Thanks for sharing!


I just picked about 25 lbs. of honey crisp apples…I know what I’m making first 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

haha, I saw the Kardashians hawking their stuff on all the morning shows. Considering their gneral fashion taste, I don’t think I would want anything designed by them.

Georgia Pellegrini

Love how “appley” these look! And I totally agree about Toddlers and Tiaras… I’m wondering why they aren’t investigating those situations as possible crimes…


OMG Im in love with that frosting!


Gorgeous blondies!! And a hilarious morning, I have to say. 😉

C&C Cakery

Desserts with fruit is the best. Toddlers and Tiaras and leopard-print jumpsuits are train wrecks. I’m glad we have both in the world so everything balances out 🙂 Thanks so much for posting this recipe – it’s perfect for the fall 🙂

a spoonful of yumm

these blondies look so delish ! love the combination of apple toffee 😀

Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth

These look so good! And your photos are amazing (as usual)!


Looks like a wonderful fall recipe! I’m Gluten Free though…..I’m gonna try and use a GF flour blend. I have to at least try! Right? Wish me luck!

Made these and they turned out good…the frosting is the BOMB, of course, but my bars did not look soft, gooey or dense like your picture. I will do a few things different next time: 1) add at LEAST 2 cups of diced apples…one cup was barely noticeable 2) I would add the whole bag of toffee bits 3) I would only cook about 22-25 minutes…definitely doesn’t seem to need 30 minutes… I also added about a tbsp. of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg…that gave it a great, warm flavor 🙂 I’ll let you know how the next batch… Read more »
C Allyn

First time here…made me chuckle, the story,not the recipe.
Recipe sounds great and I am trying that this week.
The dream resonates with me.
I dream about something, wake up mad and the husband has no idea what happened.
Poor guy, better bake him a batch of these brownies.


brown sugar frosting is an absolute favorite of mine, and pairing it with an apple-y treat is brilliant. tasty bars!


I just finished making these blondies. I must say that I was disappointed because the recipe said to wait 30 minutes for the icing to set up…….I didn’t wait. I took one little corner and WOW!!!!. These are absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this perfect fall treat. I will wait for the icing to set for my next piece….:-)


I made these on this rainy, chilly day here in Wisconsin. They’re awesome! I did have to add 10 more minutes to the baking time though, as it was still very jiggly in the center at 30 minutes. They turned out great. I also had more than 1 c. of a huge granny smith apple. They are VERY sweet, thus small squares are being cut. This is a keeper!

Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

Yum….these look amazing!!

traci v.

these are soooooo delicious and the recipe makes a lot. the only complaint I have…and I can’t believe I’m saying this…is that I found the frosting to be too much, in quantity and sweetness. next time, I’ll halve the amount and just give the bars a think layer. they are so good though and will be added to my favorites!


I made these the other day and the ladies at work loved them! I substituted and toffee bits with pecans and they were so yummy!! I posted the recipe on my blog and linked it back to you 🙂


As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it! I made these for work a few days ago substituting pecans for toffee bits and they were a massive hit with everyone who tried them!! Thank you 🙂