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Apple Blondies With Caramel Icing

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(NC) - Camilla Maw - winner of the 2004 Robin Hood Beginner's Best Lunch Box Snack, Elmvale Fall Fair, Ontario.

Apple Blondies With Caramel Icing
Camilla's recipe is full of interesting flavours and textures. For a lighter snack, just omit the icing.

  • Blondie

    • 2/3 cup butter, softened 150 mL
    • 2 cups packed brown sugar 500 mL
    • 2 eggs 2
    • 1 tsp vanilla 5 mL
    • 2 cups Robin Hood All Purpose Flour 500 mL
    • 2 tsp baking powder 10 mL
    • 1/4 tsp salt 1 mL
    • 1 cup peeled, chopped apples (1 large) 250 mL
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts 125 mL

  • Icing

    • 1/2 cup butter 125 mL
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar 250 mL
    • 1/4 cup milk 50 mL
    • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted 500 mL

To make blondies, cream butter and brown sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, apples and nuts. Stir until thoroughly combined.

Spread batter in a greased 13"x9" (33cm x 23cm) baking pan. Bake at 350 F (180 C) for 30 to 35 minutes, or until set and golden. Let cool slightly before icing.

To make icing, melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the brown sugar and milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat; let cool and stir in the icing sugar. Spread onto cooled blondies.

Cut into squares and serve.

Preparation time: 30 minutes, Baking Time: 35 minutes, Makes: about 3 dozen blondies, Freezing: excellent

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