Applebee’s Copycat Blondie Recipe

If you’re looking for a rich dessert to indulge in, this Applebee’s Copycat Blondie recipe should be at the top of the list. It’s full of rich, buttery brown sugar and maple flavors, and it’s served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream over the top. It’s a simple recipe, and whereas some deserts require a lot of time and precision, this one doesn’t take long to prepare or bake. It’s a winner for kids and adults alike.

The Applebee’s “blondie” is a blonde-colored brownie instead of a brown brownie. The consistency of a blondie is about the same as a brownie – rich, dense, and chewy. The difference is that this recipe is made with brown sugar, butter, and vanilla, rather than cocoa, giving it a butterscotch flavor instead of a chocolate flavor. It can be made with or without nuts, though the recipe we’re sharing below calls for nuts. This recipe yields the perfect crispy flaky top with a gooey center, and once you add the ice cream and homemade maple butter sauce, it’s a delightful treat.

You can store the blondies in the fridge in an air-tight container for a few days, though there are never any leftovers around here!

Applebee’s Blondie. Photo by Liza Lagman Sperl under License CC 2.0

Applebee's Blondie Copycat Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 622 kcal


For the Blondie

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped (can also use walnuts)

For Maple Butter Sauce

  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Over the Top

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream on top of each blondie


For the Blondie

  • Begin by heating the oven to 350°.
  • In a large bowl mix together the butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Then stir in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour until all of the ingredients are well-blended.
  • Fold in the white chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
  • The batter should be pretty thick. Pour it into a greased 9x9 inch pan, and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • While the blondies are cooking, you can prepare the maple butter sauce.

Maple Butter Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the maple syrup and butter. Cook over low heat until the butter is melted.
  • Next, add the brown sugar and softened cream cheese, stirring constantly until cream cheese has melted.
  • After the blondies are finished cooking, cut them into squares. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle maple butter sauce over the top, and sprinkle on additional chopped pecans.


  • Wait until the blondies cool down before you cut and serve them. 

As you might have guessed, the Applebee’s Blondie isn’t the most nutritious thing on the menu. If you really want to “Eat Good in the Neighborhood”, check out this Pub Diet Menu available at Applebees now.

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  1. You have written baking soda twice? I need help
    1/8 tsp baking soda?
    2/3 cup baking soda ?

    1. 1/8 tsp baking powder
      2/3c chocolate chips

  2. Viola Ricks says:

    this receipt calls for 2/3 cup baking soda but I think that it means 2/3 cups white chocolate chips. The other thing that I question is the vanilla flavoring. Does it mean one teaspoon instead i tablespoon.

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