Glazed Apple-Maple Blondies

That sounds so good that it should become a OPI color. But until then, these blondies will help us slide into the Fall Season with a new appreciation for Apples. Taken from the Sept-Oct issue of TOH, these will certainly get us in the mood for pulling out the boxes in the garage marked “Fall” on them. Oh, I can just heat the excitement in Peter Pumpkin’s voice as he heads upstairs to put on his wife beater shirt to start unloading boxes.

Makes 2 dz
1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 teas vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 teas salt
1/4 teas baking soda
3 cups pealed and chopped apples (about 3 medium sized)

Glaze
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9×13″ pan.
In a large bowl, beat the first 4 ingredients until blended. Beat in eggs.
In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking soda. Gradually beat into brown sugar mixture. Stir in apples. Batter will be thick.
Transfer to prepared pan and bake 25-30 min or until blondies test done when knife inserted in middle comes out with moist crumbs on it.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter and add the brown sugar and syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Cool slightly. Pour glaze over warm blondies.
Cool before cutting into bars.

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