Caramel Apple White Chocolate Blondie Bars

October 21, 2019

 

Decadent caramel apple white chocolate blondie bars that are so reminiscent of a traditional caramel apple you will be head over heels in love with these.

 

This year, instead of a themed Halloween dessert, I wanted to make a spinoff of my favorite type of caramel apple.  I originally was going to post my recipe for my favorite caramel apples (which is a caramel apple, drizzle with white chocolate and graham crackers) but I realize that most people don't want to be stuck with 13 caramel apples, so some sort of treat made more sense to share with you all.

 

Queue the caramel apple blondie bars.  

 

 

Here's the layers we've got going down, in order:

  1. white chocolate blondie cookie bar

  2. sliced granny smith apples

  3. salted caramel

  4. white chocolate blondie cookie bar

 

 

Just one bite of these and you will be hooked.  They are decadent, but not toothache sweet.  The granny smith apples do a nice job of cutting down on the sweetness of the blondie bars.  And listen before you give me grief these aren't a traditional blondie bar, but who cares about rules?  They are a mix of a cookie and a blondie bar.

 

So, a blondie bar is basically a brownie without the cocoa.  The way it get's its flavor is from using brown sugar and vanilla extract.  So these are a sort of cross between a cookie bar and a blondie bar.  They have more brown sugar and more vanilla than a typical cookie would have.  Once all that caramel seeps in to the crevices, who really cares at that point.

 

 

Since we're on the subject of caramel, sometimes when you put caramel in with a cookie or a brownie it can be hard to tell when a baked good is actually done.  The old, toothpick in the center, doesn't really apply because IT WILL be gooey and sticky because of the caramel.  

 

So here's what I do.  Thermometer.  

 

 

I have one that I use all the time because it has a cord attached to it so it stays in the oven and then its connected to a screen with a magnet on the back so I just keep it attached to the oven door on the outside.  I use it for grilling too.  Nothing ever gets undercooked with this baby.  

 

So if you don't have one...get one!  You'll use it a lot (hello thanksgiving turkey).  So you'll want to start cooking them and then halfway through you can put your thermometer in.  But here's my tip, if it touches the bottom of your pan then you'll get an inaccurate reading, so make sure its sitting somewhere on the top, try to prop it up.  190 degrees is what you need to cook a cookie to be done.  This is about 350 degrees 35-40 minutes.  To help them not get too dark (unless you like that - like we do) you can set a piece of foil on top when you put your thermometer on.  

 

Ingredients:

1/2 c butter, softened

3/4 c brown sugar

1/4 c white sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 c graham crackers, finely crushed to resemble flour (8 graham crackers)

3/4 c flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 c white chocolate chips

2 granny smith apples, cored peeled and sliced

 

caramel sauce

1/4 c butter

1/2 c brown sugar

1/4 c heavy cream plus more if needed

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350

  2. In a stand mixer beat together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy

  3. Mix in the vanilla until smooth

  4. Beat in the egg

  5. Mix in the crushed graham crackers, flour, salt, baking soda and white chocolate chips

  6. Blend until just combined

  7. Heat a small pot over medium heat, add the butter and brown sugar whisking constantly

  8. After a few minutes add the heavy cream, stir this for 5 minutes until there are no more granules and the caramel is completely smooth (taste to make sure it's not gritty)

  9. Add the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt and more heavy cream if it needs to be thinned out at all

  10. Press half of the cookie bar batter down in a square pan lined with parchment paper

  11. Slice the apples and lay them down on top of the batter

  12. Now drizzle on the caramel

  13. Finish with  the rest of the cookie bar batter, it won't smooth over so you'll have to drop chunks all over the apples and it will disperse while cooking

  14. Bake for 20 minutes

  15. Check the internal temperature using a cooking thermometer, it needs to get up to 190

  16. Cover with foil at this halfway mark

  17. Bake an additional 20 minutes

  18. Before taking out of the oven make sure they have reached 190 (*see blog post above for this explanation)

  19. Take out of the oven, cool on the counter

  20. Once cooled, transfer to the fridge to chill, after chilled cut and serve!

Enjoy - Tara

 

 

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