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Apple Toffee Bars
Tuesday 18th of October 2011 08:28 AM

By Kim L. Fritzemeier

KFRM Central Kansas Reporter

Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line

Apples and caramel frosting? You can't get much more fall-like than that. I saw the recipe on Facebook, and these Apple Toffee Blondies seemed to be calling out, "Make me! Make me!"

It was perfect timing, too. I needed cookies to take to a club meeting. I love bar cookies because they're so easy. And these had the added benefit of being dressed up with frosting and ready for a party.

Randy gave them the taste test before they went out the door. He wasn't quite sure that they would pass the critique, so he tried another one.

I am wise to him, so I wrestled away the remaining bars and took them to share with my friends. They took pity on him and didn't eat them all, so Randy gladly consumed the leftovers. Don't you just love happy endings?

Apple Toffee Blondies
2/3 cup butter at room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup peeled, chopped tart apple (about 1 large)
1/2 cup toffee chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9- by 13-inch baking pan lightly with cooking spray. Cream butter and sugar in mixer until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on medium speed until combined. On low, add flour, baking powder and salt, mixing just until combined. Stir in the chopped apples and toffee bits until evenly distributed. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the center is set. Let cool completely before slicing or frosting.

Brown Sugar Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter in medium saucepan. Add brown sugar and milk; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add to powdered sugar. Let cool until it thickens enough to spread. Stir before spreading on top of the bar cookies. Let frosting set for 30 minutes, then cut into bars.


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