Apple Peanut Butter Blondies

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Apple and peanut butter pair perfectly into a soft and chewy blondie!Apple Peanut Butter Blondies | Persnickety Plates


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Apple Peanut Butter Blondies | Persnickety Plates

Now about these blondies. I’m still loving all things apple (see Apple Donut Mini Muffins and Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread) but my love of peanut butter crept back in. Apples and peanut butter are one of my favorite snacks so I figured putting them into a baked good would be a good idea and I was right. I made these twice – first using the below recipe that calls for butter. Second, I tried making them with half butter, half applesauce. Both were really good but the applesauce version was more cake-like. Super moist and required eating with a fork. I was going for more of handheld blondie and the butter version fit the bill. Let me know which one you try!apple_peanut_butter_blondies3

Apple Peanut Butter Blondies

Apple & peanut butter pair perfectly into a soft & chewy blondie.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 9 bars


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup apples peeled & diced small (this was 2 Gala apples for me)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar optional


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with non-stick spray (I use Trader Joe's coconut oil). Set aside.
  • In a large bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer), add the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla and beat until fluffy.
  • In another medium bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg and whisk together.
  • Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir with a spatula until just blended.
  • Fold in the diced apples and peanut butter chips.
  • Spread the batter evenly into your prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the light brown sugar over the top.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a rack before slicing.

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  1. Kristen says

    Hi Melissa! New to your blog, but loving it. For this recipe I wonder if I could sub crunchy peanut butter for the PB chips and/or the butter? I’m not a very advanced baker, so while I feel like this MIGHT work, I’m unsure and also unsure about the amounts if such a substitution were possible. Do you have any ideas about this? Thanks so much and keep up the deliciousness.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hey Kristen,
      I haven’t tried it, but I think swapping out a fat for a fat (peanut butter in place of butter) should work fine in this case. & crunchy peanut butter sounds delicious. Let me know how they turn out!

  2. Janet Criggr says

    5 stars
    Yummy! This recipe was a hit with everyone! Fun way to use our apples from the orchard (we used firm, tart apples, but I think any apple might work) Peanut butter and apples are great together. I sprinkled top with golden brown sugar because that’s what I had. Easy recipe,, baked 35 minutes.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Happy to hear that! Thanks so much for reporting back 🙂

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