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Skillet Caramel Apple Blondie Pie

blondie pie

I hope everyone came hungry because we’re definitely not going to be dishing out tiny slices of this here dessert.  Moist, tender, and full of pecans and caramel-covered apples…let’s slice into this skillet caramel apple blondie pie!

Easter is over.  I hope everyone had a lovely day!  Now that the holiday has passed perhaps we should try to eat a little more mindfully…be a little healthier.  Or maybe we should just face plant into this blondie. No regrets!  😄

blondie pie

I’ve been testing the theory lately that everything tastes better in a skillet, and so far the results are pretty conclusive, especially where desserts are concerned.  It’s a pretty scientific test, guys.  I’m really taking one for the team.  Haha.

And this is yet another dessert that checks the box in the “awesome skillet food” category.  This skillet blondie is big, thick, and a wonderfully over the top dessert.  Plus you can drizzle an optional apple cider caramel sauce all over it!!  Not optional for me!  😍  That sauce is so thick and rich…I’m serious.  Smothering it all over this blondie might put you in a dream-like trance.

Now this blondie isn’t the kind that’s chewy like a bar.  It’s tender like a cake.  So if you didn’t feel like it you probably wouldn’t have to pour it in a crust.  But really…if we’re taking the bus to crazy dessert town we might as well not stop at the city limits.  We’re going all the way downtown, people. 🎉😄

This dessert holds up really well, so it’s great to take a long with you to potlucks, etc.  And I definitely wouldn’t be bummed out if this made an appearance at a birthday.  My tip is to warm up each slice in the microwave for about thirty seconds.  Then do the same for the sauce since it has to be stored in the fridge and it gets SUPER thick in there. But after it’s all heated up it’s warm and gooey and caramely and PURE LOVE.  What more could you want in a dessert?

Happy snacking!

blondie pie

(From Southern Living Magazine, September 2015.)

Skillet Apple Blondie Pie
  • For blondie:
  • 6 large apples
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp bourbon
  • ¾ cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 uncooked pie crust, homemade or store-bought
  • For sauce:
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Peel apples and cut into ¼ inch slices.
  2. In a medium bowl mix apples with the 2 tbsp of flour and ½ cup brown sugar.
  3. Melt ¼ cup butter in a pan over medium heat and add the apple mixture. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender and the caramel has thickened. Set aside to cool, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Melt the remaining ¾ cup butter.
  6. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add in the eggs, bourbon, ¾ cup butter you just melted, and 1½ cups brown sugar. Stir until completely incorporated.
  8. Add in the pecans and mix to combine.
  9. Press your pie crust into a 10 inch skillet. Spread ⅔ of the apple mixture onto the crust, making sure to spread apples evenly all over the crust in one layer.
  10. Add the blondie batter and spread evenly to cover apples.
  11. Scatter the remaining apples over the blondie batter.
  12. Bake on the lowest rack of the oven for 1 hour and 10 to 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the blondie comes out with just a few crumbs.
  13. For sauce:
  14. In a 3 qt saucepan over medium heat cook down the apple cider, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced to ¼ of a cup.
  15. Add in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  16. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  17. Pour ⅓ cup of the sauce over the blondie. Refrigerate the rest, and reheat in the microwave to serve on each individual slice as needed.



{ 28 comments… add one }
  • Aria March 29, 2016, 2:37 pm

    Caramel apple blondie pie? Woohoo, what a combination! This looks fabulous! Maybe I should make it! Hopefully, it will turn out better than those blueberry muffins I made Saturday and left out the sugar. ☺Oops.

    • Amanda March 30, 2016, 12:56 pm

      Haha. Oops! Don’t worry. I’ve done recipes in the past where I made bread and was in such a hurry that I forgot yeast. That doesn’t turn out too well. 😄

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat March 30, 2016, 8:12 am

    I’m all about face planting into a dessert like this! It looks so amazing! Skillets totally make everything better =)

    • Amanda March 30, 2016, 12:56 pm

      Thanks, Shelby! I’m a total cast iron convert. Plus it really works out the upper arms. 😀

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes March 30, 2016, 8:13 am

    OMG – look at how thick this blondie pie is! I want to go out and buy lots of apples so I can make this. Think I might add some ice cream on top too. 🙂

    • Amanda March 30, 2016, 12:58 pm

      Oh my gosh, if you plop ice cream on top and then add the caramel you are going to be doing a happy jig! 🙂

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice March 30, 2016, 8:19 am

    I agree, everything tastes better in a skillet! This caramel apple blondie dessert looks SO good, Amanda! I love the the caramel apple combo. I think I could eat this all!

    • Amanda March 30, 2016, 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Gayle! I came very close to trying to see if it was possible for one person to eat it all. Haha. 😄

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks March 30, 2016, 10:22 am

    Can you believe that I just got a new cast iron skillet? I did! And this is the perfect way to inaugurate it!

    • Amanda March 30, 2016, 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Kate! It was destiny! 😉

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary March 30, 2016, 2:25 pm

    I totally agree that most things taste better in a skillet! LOVE LOVE LOVE this skillet pie, girlfriend! Pecans and caramel-covered apples?? Holy bologna deliciousness! I want to face plant right into this skillet! Cheers, doll! 😉

    • Amanda April 1, 2016, 9:35 am

      Haha. Thank you! I have to admit that just thinking about this dessert is making me go through withdrawal. 😄

  • Johlene Orton March 31, 2016, 7:59 am

    Yesss! I came hungry and now that you´ve accomplished what you set out to do where is my slice?? 🙂 Looks delish!!

    • Amanda April 1, 2016, 9:36 am

      Thank you, Johlene! You definitely can’t have a small slices of this.

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen March 31, 2016, 9:59 am

    Oh wow, Amanda! Indeed skill things taste a lot more yummy. And this skillet caramel apple pie looks and sounds wonderful. Absolutely yummy share, Amanda!

    • Amanda April 1, 2016, 9:36 am

      Thanks so much for the sweet words!

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry March 31, 2016, 10:29 am

    There are no words except I’ll take a extra large slice please and thank you.

    • Amanda April 1, 2016, 9:37 am

      Haha! You and I are of like minds there! 😀

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker March 31, 2016, 10:48 am

    I haven’t done any skillet baking. Must change that soon and with this phenomenal treat! What an awesome flavor combo 🙂

    • Amanda April 1, 2016, 9:38 am

      When you make your first thing watch out. It gets pretty addicting. Haha.

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop April 1, 2016, 6:29 am

    Thanks for taking one for the team! All that research…and these beautiful results! This pie looks simply marvelous! Love that you baked it in a cast iron skillet!

    • Amanda April 1, 2016, 9:39 am

      Thank you so much, Kathy! That research was so selfless, right? 😉

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy April 1, 2016, 7:00 am

    This might just be the most perfect dessert I’ve ever seen. <3 <3 <3

    • Amanda April 1, 2016, 9:40 am

      Oh that’s so sweet. Thanks so much, Jennifer!

  • Manali@CookWithManali April 1, 2016, 11:50 am

    Yeah no regrets at all because it looks so crazy delicious!!

    • Amanda April 3, 2016, 12:14 pm

      That’s right! 🙂 Thanks!

  • Kim | Low Carb Maven April 8, 2016, 10:34 am

    Whoa! I vote for the face plant! Look how incredibly thick that pie is! It’s a thing of beauty. I would have not regrets at all after eating this dessert. I, too, am rekindling the love for my skillet, but have not done a dessert yet. I think this has encouraged me to do so. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Amanda April 8, 2016, 1:17 pm

      Thank you, Kim! Once you make a dessert in a cast iron skillet be warned…it’s addicting! 😉

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