Salted Caramel Pecan Blondies

Author: Megan | Stetted
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 20 bars
Salted Caramel Pecan Blondies
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans , divided
  • 1/2 ounce ridged potato chips , about 1/4 cup, coarsely crushed
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with parchment paper, extending over the edges of the pan; lightly coat with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar and butter, heat and stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in applesauce, eggs, and vanilla.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flours, baking powder, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the baking soda. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture; stir to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup of pecans.
  3. Spread mixture into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with crushed potato chips. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  4. Meanwhile, in a 1-cup glass measure combine caramels and milk.Microwave on 50 percent power (medium) 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Drizzle melted caramel mixture over cooled blondies; quickly sprinkle with the sea salt and remaining pecans.
  5. Using the edges of the parchment, lift the uncut blondies out of the pan. Cut into bars and serve.

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