Maple Chai Blondies

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September 9, 2021
Bars
September 9, 2021

Maple Chai Blondies

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Total time: 1 hr

These chewy maple chai blondies are spiced to perfection and topped with a salty-sweet maple glaze that you’ll want to drizzle over everything. Made in just one bowl (no mixer required!) this chai blondie recipe is the ultimate easy treat to celebrate cozy fall flavors!

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Maple Chai Blondies

These chewy maple chai blondies are spiced to perfection and topped with a salty-sweet maple glaze that you’ll want to drizzle over everything. Made in just one bowl (no mixer required!) this chai blondie recipe is the ultimate easy treat to celebrate cozy fall flavors!

This post is sponsored by ALDI. Thank you for continuing to support the brands who help make Broma possible!

maple chai blondies with salted maple glaze

Maple Chai Blondies

DROP EVERYTHING NOW. It’s officially fall baking season! I don’t know about you guys, but the second September hits I’m throwing s’mores and fruit pies out the window and diving stomach first into pumpkin bread, cinnamon rolls and allllll the fall flavors.

And chai might be the most underrated fall flavor out there. I LOVE CHAI. From my first sip of chai tea, I was HOOKED. It was like a symphony in my mouth: the warmth of cinnamon, the pucker of ginger, buttery nutmeg, and that floral cardamom danced across my tastebuds.

maple chai blondies on a cooling rack

So…what are maple chai blondies

Oh, allow me to tell you. I’ve truly been looking forward to writing this post since the moment I sunk my teeth into one of these bad boys. These chai spiced blondies are flavored with maple syrup, loaded up with the perfect blend of chai spices and studded with toasted walnuts for some texture.

Finish them off with a lovely salted maple glaze, and pair these bad boys with a steaming mug of chai (Simply Nature Dirty Chai Tea Latte from ALDI is *chef’s kiss*) and you’re in for the ultimate cozy fall treat.

stack of fall blondies

Ingredients for maple chai blondies

The beautiful thing about blondies is that they’re super easy to throw together. No mixers, fancy kitchen gadgets, or advanced techniques. So even though you’ll need some extra ingredients, you can rest assured that this recipe is actually super simple.

And while 16 ingredients may seem like a lot, when you scoop them all up in one place your grocery shopping will be a breeze. You can find what you’ll need for these bad boys at your local ALDI. From high quality butter to the cozy spices you’ll need to 100% pure maple syrup, ALDI has alllllll the things at unbeatable prices.

You can head on over to ALDI if you’re looking to get out of the house. Or you can order your groceries for pick up to make things easier. OR you can get them delivered through Instacart. So you can always get your groceries no matter what your busy day looks like.

maple chai blondies on a cooling rack

Here’s your grocery list:

  • Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter: I go through this butter like it’s nobody’s business. It’s creamy, rich and perfect for all baked goods.
  • Baker’s Corner Light Brown Sugar: Brown sugar offers a deeper, molasses flavor to your blondies and will also keep them nice and chewy.
  • Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup: Any maple treat needs some REAL maple syrup in it. You’ll use this high-quality pure maple syrup in both the blondies and the maple glaze.
  • Eggs: 1 egg will give your blondies structure without getting them too cakey.
  • Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla extract goes a long way. Vanilla perfectly complements the maple syrup to round out the flavor.
  • Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour: All purpose flour will give your maple chai blondies a soft tender crumb. When you’re measuring your flour make sure to fluff it up and spoon it into your measuring cup to ensure you don’t overmeasure.
  • Chai Spices: You can absolutely use your own chai spice mix, but we love to make our own with ground cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and black pepper!
  • Baking Powder: A little baking powder will give your blondies a rise while still preserving that fudgy texture.
  • Southern Grove Chopped Walnuts: I LOVE to jazz up blondies with a little texture. We love the Southern Grove Chopped Walnuts because they’re already chopped up into the perfect size pieces to stir right in.
  • Countryside Creamery Heavy Cream: You’ll need just a splash of cream to keep that salted maple glaze rich and tasty. If you don’t have cream on hand, you can always use milk!
  • Salt: Salt will cut the sweetness of the maple and create the most delicious, nuanced flavor. Don’t forget it!

maple chai blondies with maple frosting

Tips for the best chewy maple chai blondies

Blondies are one of the most straightforward and easy homemade sweets, but even the most experienced bakers can benefit from a little extra emphasis on a few tricks that will guarantee you soft, chewy maple chair blondies every time.

  • Do not over mix: Under NO circumstances should you EVER over mix blondie batter. Mixing causes gluten to develop in your batter which can lead to a tough or doughy blondie–no what you want. Only mix until the batter is just mixed. This will keep the crumb tender and moist!
  • Use high-quality vanilla and butter: Just like the cocoa in brownies can make or break the chocolate flavor, the butter and vanilla extract is super important in blondies. Make sure you’re using high quality butter and pure vanilla extract for the best results. Luckily the baking ingredients at ALDI are top notch, so you can snag up all your ingredients in one spot!
  • Toast the nuts: It’s a little extra work, but toasting nuts really brings out all that nutty flavor. Simply spread your nuts out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or in a sauce pan and toast, stirring them every so often to prevent them from burning.
  • Do not over bake: Repeat after me, “An over baked blondie, is a sad, dry blondie.” The blondies should still be under baked in the middle when you take them out of the oven! They will continue to bake as they cool, leaving you with the perfectly baked, soft treat.
  • Don’t forget the glaze: If something has a maple glaze on it I am sold. Like say no more, that baked good is going to knock your socks off.

maple blondies on a cooling rack

How to know when your maple chai blondies are done:

I am a strong believer that over-baked baked goods are one of the worst things. Ever. So writing the bake time for recipes is always my least favorite part. Every oven is different and different pans bake quicker than others. It makes me so sad to think that you guys would ever get a dry, over baked blondie from me. Like it keeps me awake at night. Especially for recipes that simply won’t taste as good when they are over baked; it is so important to keep an eye on them.

chai blondie with bite taken out

You’ll want to take these chai blondies out of the oven when they are golden brown around the edges and have puffed up in the middle, but the center of the pan should still be pretty undercooked. For us, this took about 35 minutes, but you’ll want to start checking them at 30 minutes and keeping an eye on them from there because every oven is different!

Happy fall baking, my friends! Enjoy.

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Maple Chai Blondies

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These chewy maple chai blondies are spiced to perfection and topped with a salty-sweet maple glaze that you’ll want to drizzle over everything. Made in just one bowl (no mixer required!) this chai blondie recipe is the ultimate easy treat to celebrate cozy fall flavors!

These chewy maple chai blondies are spiced to perfection and topped with a salty-sweet maple glaze that you’ll want to drizzle over everything. Made in just one bowl (no mixer required!) this chai blondie recipe is the ultimate easy treat to celebrate cozy fall flavors!

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 normal sized blondies or 8 huge blondies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 normal sized blondies or 8 huge blondies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
Scale:
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 normal sized blondies or 8 huge blondies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

For The Maple Blondies

  • 1/2 cup Countryside Creamery Unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Southern Grove Walnuts, toasted and chopped

For The Maple Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the melted butter, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Add the egg, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together the baking powder, spices, salt, and flour. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together until just mixed and no clumps of flour remain. Fold in the toasted nuts. Do not over mix.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared pan, spreading into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until the blondies are golden brown, set on the edges and have puffed up. The middle will still be undercooked, but they will continue to cook as they cool!
  6. While the blondies cool, make the glaze. Combine the powdered sugar, maple syrup, heavy cream or milk, and salt in a bowl. Use a whisk to mix together until creamy and no lumps of sugar remain.
  7. Pour the glaze over the cooled blondies and allow to harden before cutting into 9 squares for big blondies, or 16 squares for smaller portions. Enjoy!

Keywords: maple chai blondies, fall blondies, maple blondies

 

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  1. maybe I’m just a straight up dummy, but I don’t see when to add the spices — is it with the rest of the dry ingredients?

  2. Thank you for these Fall flavors blondies . It’s good to know that one can pick up the ingredients at Aldi. Aldi has good quality items at great prices. You don’t always have to spend a lot to get a lot. I plan on shopping at Aldi to get what I need, then it’s Maple Blondie time!

    • Hi Kelly! These keep well for us for about 5 days before they start to taste a little stale. I like to store them in an airtight container in the fridge for best results!