Applebee’s Blondie Brownies

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 pinch baking soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup melted unsalted real butter
1 1/3 cup packed brown sugar – divided
1 egg – beaten
1 Tbls. vanilla extract
1/2 cup vanilla baking chips
1/4 cup unsalted real butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
8 oz. cream cheese – softened
1/2 tsp. maple extract
Sift together sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir in nuts; set aside.
With an electric mixer, beat together melted butter and 1 cup brown sugar.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Slowly beat dry mixture in to wet mixture.
Stir in vanilla baking chips by hand.
Spread batter into a greased 9″ X 9″ X 2″ baking pan.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; set aside to cool.
In a saucepan over low heat, melt remaining 1/4 cup butter and maple syrup.
Stir remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar into saucepan until it has dissolved.
Remove saucepan from heat and beat in cream cheese and maple extract until smooth.
Return sauce pan to low heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until desired consistency.
Notes: Serve sauce over warm blondies topped with vanilla ice cream.

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