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Maple Blondie with Maple Butter Cream Sauce {applebee’s copycat}

Maple Blondies with Maple Butter Cream Sauce, just like Applebee's makes it!

I’m on the phone with my mom today, and I say, “I made something really, really good today.”

Mom: “Ooooh, what is it?”

Me: “Maple Blondies!


Me: “…and it has this sauce…”

*more crickets*

Me: “I mean… there’s no chocolate, but it’s still realllllly–“

Mom: “Yeah. I was waiting for something chocolate.”

Maple Blondies with Maple Butter Cream Sauce, just like Applebee's makes it!

Welllllp. I have no chocolate here for you today, my friends.

But I simply can’t apologize for that. Because this dessert is like the all-conquering crusader of non-chocolate dessert recipes. It’s bold and daring, and it’s not going to be pushed aside for something chocolate!

These maple blondies are full of intense, rich buttery flavors. Crispy on the top and edges, gooey in the center, and speckled with white chocolate and walnuts throughout. Add to that a gigantic scoop of vanilla ice cream and a smothering of maple butter cream sauce, and you have one buttery, ooey, gooey, deliciously rich dessert that will knock your socks off!

Maple Blondies with Maple Butter Cream Sauce, just like Applebee's makes it!

Does it look familiar? If you’ve ever been to an Applebee’s, it should! This Maple Blondie + Maple Butter Cream sauce has been the iconic star player of Applebee’s dessert menu for years. And it’s fame is well-deserved. This dessert ROCKS. And now you can make it at home!!

I found this recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Maple Blondie with Maple Butter Cream Sauce {applebee’s copycat}


  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • For the Maple Butter Cream Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper (or line with foil and lightly grease).
  2. Beat together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract, mix well.
  3. Add the four, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well until batter forms.
  4. Stir in the walnuts and the white chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the batter in the baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes (the middle will still be slightly jiggly, and there may still be a little batter on a toothpick when inserted). Let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  6. For the sauce:
  7. Use a mixer or food processor to mix together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and maple syrup (I use a small food processor to make sure I don't have any lumps!).
  8. Pour sauce over the blondie* before serving (optional: you can heat this sauce for about 15 seconds in the microwave before serving if desired).


*I know I have the sauce being poured over the ice cream in the pictures, but after extensive (ahem) taste testing, I've decided that I actually like it better poured directly over the blondie with the ice cream on top of it all.

And if you're serving the blondie fresh out of the oven, there's really no need to heat the sauce at all, even if you want it warmed. The high ratio of butter in the sauce will ensure that it gets all warm and melt-y once it hits the warm blondie.


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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

28 comments on “Maple Blondie with Maple Butter Cream Sauce {applebee’s copycat}”

  1. I want that Maple Butter Cream Sauce on everything! I love blondies and with that sauce, these have gotta be incredibly good! Pinned ;)

  2. I’m DYING. Just DYING. Maple is one of my top flavors and you put it in BLONDIES? I love you. Unless I want a brownie, I almost never crave chocolate. But this? This I crave!

  3. I love maple, and I love blondies, so there’s no way I won’t love maple blondies! These are brilliant!

  4. I wish you would have called me and not your mom. Because I would have screamed from excitement. Maple is the best flavor ever, and I can see how it would be the best in blondies. Deliciously wonderful!
    Don’t worry. Our moms never tell us what we want to hear. :)

  5. I totally had this at Applebees a few weeks ago and LOVED it!! My husband actually ordered it, but I’m pretty sure I ate more of it than him. This looks even better than the Applebee’s version. Pinned!

    • That’s how I was too– my husband ordered it, and I was like you are CRAZY for not getting the chocolate cake. And then I ate all of his. ALL of his. ;)

  6. Yum!!!! Nice to see something ooey gooey without chocolate. I have some family that can’t eat chocolate.

  7. I seriously fainted when I saw this! Do you hear me? Fainted! This is seriously my dream right now! I want them for breakfast.

  8. Just the name Maple Butter Cream has me hooked, my husband will love these.

  9. Normally, I would agree with your mom, but Maple Blondies don’t need chocolate!! They are heaven on earth, if you ask me, and this recipe is making my taste buds go cray cray!

  10. Your maple brownies sound wonderful.

  11. I’m okay with some chocolate-less desserts. This actually has me thinking of fall with all that maple. I am not ready for it yet but it’ll be here sooner than we know it!

    • I know– it seems so unnatural to begin thinking about Fall! But it’ll be here so soon! I can’t wait though. Fall baking is my favorite :)

  12. Is there supposed to be maple in the blondie’s? These aren’t really maple blondies

    • Oh man! What a typo!! That was the only change I made from the original recipe (link is in the post)– to add maple extract– and I forgot to put that in the recipe! *palm to forehead* I’m fixing that now. Thanks :)

  13. Can’t wait to make these! They look so good

  14. Your mom is a woman after my own heart, but even without chocolate, these look amazing!

  15. Thankfully, I don’t need chocolate to be a happy camper–and this was definitely one of my favorite recipes on les blogs this whole week! Love love love the maple flavors colliding here. Thanks for sharing, pinned!

  16. Maple blondies?! Sign me up! I am in love with this and have never heard of them before at Applebee’s… so I pretty much MUST make them at home!

  17. Nom nom nom! I totally wish this was my late night snack right now! These look incredible!! :)

  18. these look amazing! could i sub maple syrup for the maple extract though? and maybe pecans for the walnuts? thanks!

    • The maple flavor wouldn’t be as strong with maple syrup– you would have to add a LOT more, and that would really change the consistency of the bar and how well it baked. But you could definitely use pecans for the walnuts!

  19. You are one wicked bad woman. Please……don’t stop! These recipes are to die for.

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