Side Orders: Top blondies with toffee bits, maple sauce, vanilla ice cream

Anne Braly

I've never made blondies before, preferring dark chocolate brownies over their paler next of kin. Then I saw one of those copycat recipes online that said it was almost identical to the blondies on the dessert menu at Applebee's.

photo Anne Braly

I eat at Applebee's every so often because I really like the restaurant's Thai shrimp salad. And I remember having a delicious blondie there once years ago, and it was quite good topped with ice cream and drizzled with a creamy maple topping.

After reading reviews for the recipe, I found, however, that the blondies were more cake-like than brownie-like. So I went looking for another blondie recipe and made it, but used the maple topping suggested in the original Taste of Home recipe I'd found.