Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spiced Apple Cider Blondies

I wait on pins and needles all summer for the fall harvest of apples. I love apples in many forms and I especially love them in baked desserts like apple crumble and apple pie.

I just so happened to discover the greatness of blondies this summer with my white chocolate confetti blondies. I fell in love with the sweet, rich flavor and have been thinking up a way to create a fall-themed blondie. Well here it is my friends.

I was actually in the break room at work last week and glanced in the cabinet that has the tea bags, hot chocolate packets and creamer and there it was: hot apple cider mix and the idea came to me immediately. I went straight home that night and whipped these up, very (impatiently) waited for them to cool (Grey’s Anatomy kept me entertained) and dug in. Paul took one bite and said “oh my gosh, those are so good.” The look on his face said it all!

Emma was enthused by the blondies as you can see…I don’t share many pictures of her but she’s so darn cute, so here you go!

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Spiced Apple Cider Blondies Recipe

Yield: 9 -12 bars (depending on how you cut them)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


1 cup + 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour (the extra 2 Tbs. is necessary!)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 (.74 ounce) packets spiced apple cider (any brand, I used Mott’s)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup apples, finely diced (see note below)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray a square 8×8 baking dish. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, salt and apple cider packets. Set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Mix in the brown sugar and whisk until smooth. Mix in the egg, followed by the vanilla and stir until combined.

Add in the flour mixture, small amounts at a time, until fully incorporated. Fold in apples. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. The middle will be just set and the edges will be slightly brown. Watch carefully as not to overcook. Cool completely before cutting.

Cassie’s Notes:
The first time I made these, I used 2 small Gala apples and then used s small Granny Smith the second time. I much prefer the tartness that the Granny Smiths add but I think any variety of apple that you like or have on hand will do.

I played around a little while editing, what do you think?



56 Responses to “Spiced Apple Cider Blondies”

  1. #
    Bobbie {the vegan crew} — October 15, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Wow, these look and sound so good! This fall I’ve been majorly in love with anything apple, and I think I’ll definitely have to try my hand at these. Thanks for sharing!

  2. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — October 15, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    How cool that these have cider mix in them–yummy! Emma is adorable!

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    Denise — October 15, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, how you tempt me with all of your creations! It sounds so good. I will have to wait until tomorrow or monday when I am having guests over for dinner so I don’t eat half the pan myself but I am going out to buy some hot apple cider mix and be ready. Yum! You are awesome 🙂

    • Cassie @ Bake Your Day replied: — October 15th, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

      Awe, thanks Denise! I ended up making a second batch to photograph because my husband ate most of the first batch!

  4. #
    Denise — October 15, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    Oh and Emma is adorable. What pretty colors she has!

  5. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — October 15, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    These just got me excited! I love blondies and apples and the addition of the apple cider mix is an excellent idea! Definitely adding this to my recipes to try soon! Btw- the photos are great! 🙂

  6. #
    Angie@Angiesrecipes — October 15, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Emma looks so adorable. Do share more of her photos in future ;-))
    Nice blondies…

  7. #
    Kate@Diethood — October 15, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Um WOW! I’ll take the batch and then some… please!

  8. #
    Julia at Cafe Lula — October 15, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I love all the apple recipes around at the moment and this looks yummy!

  9. #
    christina @ ovenadventures — October 15, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    i just read the title of this post could keep the “mmmmm” contained. these just sound fabulous!!

  10. #
    Vicki @ WITK — October 15, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    I love love love this! I’m way more of a blondie fan than a brownie fan and I wait all year to go apple picking. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  11. #
    Parsley Sage — October 15, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Emma cracked me up 🙂 Yup, that’s about as enthusiastic as a cat will get. Love these blondies, I bet that smell and taste heavenly! I wish we had Autumn!

  12. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — October 15, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Cassie…I really prefer blondies to brownies. (I’m the kind of person who likes chocolate chip cookies without the chips, too!). I just love that simple, sweet chewiness….like these blondies….a little cinnamon….and pieces of apple. Perfect! You are becoming my go to girl for blondies!

  13. #
    Carolyn — October 15, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Blondies really do rock…love the apple cider twist on these!

  14. #
    CJ @ — October 15, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    oh wow these look awesome!!! do you have any recipes featuring pears??? My husband had a dessert in disney that was a pear upside down cake and he was like obsessed!!! since you are such a fabulous baker i was wondering if you had anything similar? thanks!

    • Cassie @ Bake Your Day replied: — October 15th, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

      Hey CJ! I don’t have any pear recipes on the blog but I’m trying out a pear tart recipe tomorrow. If it turns out well, I will post it next Friday. I was thinking about doing pear/apple but I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing. Pear upside down cake sounds amazing too. All the pears looked great at the store yesterday!

  15. #
    Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen — October 15, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    Ooohh LOVE the combo of blondies with apple cider!! Just love!! Good idea!

  16. #
    Alyssa — October 15, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    What a great idea! I bed these were sooo good!

  17. #
    Alida — October 15, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    What a great fall twist on blondies. These sound amazing! And your kitty is adorable 🙂

  18. #
    Stephanie — October 15, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    I love what you’ve done with these blondies, Cassie! I’ve never made blondies but now I really think I need to!

  19. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 15, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    Wow these look amazing!

  20. #
    Curt — October 16, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    I love cooking with apples too. These blondies look awesome!

    Your cat has such beautiful color. I’ve shared my cat’s few times too, but never get much reaction!

  21. #
    Dawn — October 16, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    What a great combination. I love apples too. Now we need a recipe that involved apples and peanut butter!

  22. #
    Alex — October 16, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    I adore apple cider, what a true fall treat! Your cat is adorable!

  23. #
    Meghan — October 16, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Blondies make me so happy 🙂 Great job adding fall to them!

  24. #
    DessertForTwo — October 16, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    Yum! I love that apple shot! 🙂

  25. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — October 16, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    looks delicious, I love pear recipes

  26. #
    Ramona — October 16, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    These blondies are perfect for Fall. I bet they made the whole house smell wonderful! : ) PS… What a cute cat. I’ve got two myself. : )

  27. #
    Jackie — October 16, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

    Mmm… these sound delicious. How creative adding the apple cider flavor to the blondies. Will have to try this recipe with my children. They are sure to love it.

  28. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — October 16, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    These sounds really good! I love when you learn an outside the box use for an ingredient like that spiced cider mix!

  29. #
    Anna — October 16, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    What a great, delicious-sounding idea! I love apple desserts but hate peeling and chopping apples, which is probably a good thing since it limits my apple dessert intake a little…

  30. #
    Jenn — October 16, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    One word: Yum! I might have to try these. Thanks for sharing!

  31. #
    Ann — October 16, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    Emma IS so darn cute – and the blondies sound amazing! Buzzed!

  32. #
    Erin — October 17, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Emma is a cutie! And these blondies are yummy!

  33. #
    Courtney — October 17, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    wow these look so yummy!

  34. #
    Juliana — October 17, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Wow Cassie, these look great, I never had bars made with apple cider…looks delicious.
    Hope you have a great week and thanks for this yummie recipe 🙂

  35. #
    Liz — October 17, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    First, Emma is SO sweet!!! I’m glad you shared her with us today. And next, these blondies sound amazing…I love apple bars and your spiced cider mix must have added incredible flavor!

  36. #
    Lauren — October 17, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    Yes yes and yes. I am loving everything about this recipe.

  37. #
    Jennifer Eloff — October 18, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Aaw, that is such a cute pic of your cat, Emma. You can tell it is fall with all the soup and pasta and pumpkin recipes abounding. This one sounds satisfying. 🙂

  38. #
    Jennifer Eloff — October 18, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Hi Cassie,

    Just wanted to mention that 3 of our authors are marathon runners. 🙂 I know you like running too. I’m not a runner and neither is Lisa. Carolyn (All Day I Dream About Food) controls her diabetes with low-carbing and running, so she doesn’t require meds.

  39. #
    Sandra — October 18, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    The cider mix is a fantastic idea, high 5 for you!

  40. #
    kita — October 18, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    I’ve been on a serious apple kick this year too! I am not sure I have ever had this many in my house. These bars sound super yummy!

  41. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — October 18, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    love the idea of baking w/ apple cider! 🙂

  42. #
    Shay — October 19, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    What a great idea! Sounds delish!

  43. #
    Roxana GreenGirl — October 20, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    awww, Emma is so adorable. you should share more photos with her, you know!
    these apple bars sound delicious, gonna look for some apple cider now. Thanks for sharing.

  44. #
    Jeff — October 20, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    So is a blondie really a brownie… but with no chocolate? Is that how the terminology breaks down? These look absolutely amazing though! If I fed these to my fiance while watching Grey’s Anatomy, I’d probably be her latest greatest hero! Great recipe!

    • Cassie//Bake Your Day replied: — October 20th, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

      That’s exactly how it works! I just uncovered the meaning recently. PS – I’m definitely my husband’s greatest hero for these…he told me they are his favorite thing I’ve ever made for him! I hope she enjoys! 🙂

  45. #
    Katie — October 20, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    Apple cider blondies?! How fantastic. I love blondies so dang much.

    Also, my cat is identical to yours. It’s almost eerie how similar they are.

  46. #
    Jocelyn — October 23, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Blondies are my all time favorite treat…love the twist with apple cider and apples! Sounds like an amazing fall treat!!!

  47. #
    kara — October 24, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    I featured these on my facebook page today 🙂


  48. #
    maria — June 11, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    I just enjoyed these!!! Yummmmm! Definitely wait until they cool off, or they won’t have flavor. I subbed with stuff I had, I had apple butter instead of cider packets, and because I doubled the recipe, I only used 1 stick of butter, and did 1/2 cup apple butter(as other 1/2 cup of butter), & about 2 extra tblsp of apple buttet in place of the cider. Super yummy bars, moist, and chewy!!!!!!!!:))

  49. #
    Amanda — October 23, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I loved this recipe and included it in an apple cider round up on my blog. Thanks for making and sharing this, it sounds fabulous! If you’d like to see the round up it’s here


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