Blond Brownies a la Mode Recipe
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Blond Brownies a la Mode Recipe

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Ever since I tried the maple blondie at Applebee's, I've been determined to figure out the recipe. I tried several variations until I came up with this one, and it's become one of our family favorites. —Pat Parker, Chester, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • Vanilla ice cream and chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 322 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in pecans.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For the sauce, combine syrup and butter in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in milk. Cut brownies into squares; cut in half if desired.
  4. Place on dessert plates with a scoop of ice cream. Top with sauce; sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Blond Brownies a la Mode in Taste of Home April/May 2005, p27

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nramsey User ID: 3436141 117615
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Good, but this is really more of a cake than a brownie. I was looking forward to something gooey and brownie-like and got a cake. It is good, but not what I was looking for."

Sundayfood User ID: 6763783 55093
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"So delicious!"

Cherie58 User ID: 7849227 105637
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"Yummy I added chocolate chips"

neefee41 User ID: 7552362 206249
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"Great for church dinners"

sswimmomm User ID: 867571 117611
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"Liked the sauce but the blondies are too cake like not gooey like brownines....would use a different brownie recipe with the sauce."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 84883
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"This was a delicious recipe that I made on Mother's Day. Everyone loved it."

10sChick User ID: 4943196 63179
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"As an update to my review below.... If you're looking for an Applebee's warm maple butter sauce (like I was), the sauce in this recipe isn't it. The Applebee's version is:

1/2 c. butter (soft), 1/2 c. powdered sugar, 1/4 c. cream cheese (soft), 2 T. Maple Syrup, 1/4 tsp. salt. Cream together in microwavable bowl. Heat 30 seconds or so until just melted. Serve warm over ice cream and blondie. It's wonderful!!!!!!!!"

10sChick User ID: 4943196 55082
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"This recipe is a definite keeper. The blondies alone were moist and flavorful. The sauce is what makes this dessert. I found it a little strong on the maple syrup flavor and will probably cut back there next time and up the amount of evap milk -- but that's just my preference. Serve it with the sauce warm. YUM!!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 63178
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"These are great! It is a nice twist on the traditional brownie. They are so moist! I substituted the pecans for peanut butter chips- or you can try chocolate chips. Next time I might eliminate some of the baking powder. Just a thought."

bratnella_NM User ID: 103649 135447
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"I'm not all that fond of blondies, but that sauce is wonderful!"

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