Monday, March 2, 2009

Dining Out Dessert

Walnut Blondie with Maple Butter Sauce

Here’s a little something I think you guys will like. It’s a Walnut Blondie with Maple Butter Sauce. I don’t know what made me think about this dessert, because I’ve only had it once. It was several years ago… maybe even eight. I was eating out at Applebee’s with my family and we decided to get dessert. Now, I eat out kind of often, but desserts are usually saved for celebrations. Birthdays and such. And, when I do get one, it’s usually the most chocolate thing on the menu and it never contains nuts. But on that day, it wasn’t my celebration. It was my uncle’s and I agreed to split this non-chocolate, nut-filled dessert – the whole while thinking about how much better the chocolate would be. Well, I was wrong. Way wrong. This might have even been the best thing I had ever tasted. (up until that point, anyway.)

So, if you’ve never been to Applebee’s and you’ve never tasted the Walnut Blondie with Maple Butter Sauce, that’s okay. Because, you’re in luck. I found a recipe from The Secret Recipe Blog that’s as close to the original as I remember it.

I promise you’ll like it.

Here’s the recipe.

Here are the ingredients for the blondies.

Blondie Ingredients

Mix it all up…

Blondie Batter

And, spread it all out in a greased and floured 8 or 9 inch square pan. (I used the 8 inch)

When the blondies are almost done, mix up your maple butter sauce. Here’s what you’ll need.

Maple Butter Sauce Ingredients

When the brownies are done, cool for a few minutes. Cut and serve while they are still warm.

Walnut Blondies

Put one, or two, or six on a plate. Pile on some vanilla ice cream and slowly pour the warm maple butter sauce over everything. Top with any extra walnuts.

Maple Butter Sauce


Now, if you don’t have any ice cream in the house, don’t let that stop you from making this.

Actually, if one were to make just the blondies and the maple butter sauce, one might even want to cut up small pieces of the blondie and use the maple butter sauce as a dip. One might even end up dunking the whole thing in the sauce and getting maple butter all over their fingers that they then had to force themselves to lick off. However, I don’t know anyone like that.

Again, here’s the recipe.

And, now for a giveaway…

Dish on your favorite dining out dessert.
Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, Chili’s molten chocolate cake,
McDonald’s fried pies (hey, anything goes)

  • Leave a comment on this post with your favorite dining out dessert and you could win a $50 American Express gift card. Use it for dinner, dessert or whatever.
  • Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, March 3rd at midnight.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening on this post.

Good Luck!

And, check back later this week. I have some really fun news to announce. It’s pretty exciting!

Time’s up! I’m starting to think this giveaway was a bad idea because now I have a craving for all kinds of desserts. I need to find a BJs, a Claim Jumpers and a Cheddars near me. And, I’m definitely going to have to try the banana spring rolls from P.F. Changs. Actually, I think I’ll do a dessert tasting there because they received a lot of shout outs. And, next time I go to the Cheesecake Factory, I’ll twist my arm and try the Carrot Cake. Thanks for all the great suggestions…I think.
Okay, let’s see who’s going to buy me dinner. JJ. The winner from the 1,732 super-delicious comments is jori-o! YAY jori-o!

Congrats and I hope you do something fun with the $50.

Heather said...

I love the custard at a local mom and pop restaurant we have here in town… but then again i love custard any time…

March 2, 2009 03:59 AM
Him, Her & The Wee One said...

I’m pretty sure the White Chocolate Rasberry Truffel Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory is the best dessert ever.

March 2, 2009 04:01 AM
Adrienne said...

I know this is sort of passe, but bananas foster is my favorite dessert when I’m out at some stodgy old steak house. I mean, bananas, caramel, ice cream, a mix of hot and cold?? It’s wonderful.

March 2, 2009 04:01 AM
The Boob Nazi said...

My favorite has to be the apple crisp at applebee’s. I don’t know what it is about that, but I love it…. However, now that I like to bake, I make and eat my own desserts now, all of which are superior to that apple crisp! haha

March 2, 2009 04:01 AM
Kim said...

I love NY style Cheesecake from anywhere! Heaven!

March 2, 2009 04:01 AM
Janelle said...

I do love Cheesecake Factory. Also the Melting Pot.

March 2, 2009 04:02 AM
NES said...

Have you had a Frosty Float from Wendy’s yet? We had to drive out of our way just today to get one. Yum!

March 2, 2009 04:02 AM
Jen said...

As someone who is lactose intolerant. I LOVE McD’s apple pie. Two for a dollar AND dairy free!

March 2, 2009 04:03 AM
Steph said...

Oh mine is the Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie at Chilis, even though it is basically a heart attack waiting to happen ;)

March 2, 2009 04:03 AM
Veronica, Collin and Jed said...

My all time favorite is flan from this local Mexican Restaurant! I can eat flan until I am blue in the face! I am going to try this recipe because my husband is a fan of almost everything in this recipe!!!! Love all of your blog postings!

March 2, 2009 04:03 AM
Brandi said...

I have to say that you hit the nail on the head! The Blondie from Applebee’s is my ABSOLUTE dining-out dessert. I LOVE it! I believe I am somewhat addicted to the sweet, yummy, maple-y goodness. :)

March 2, 2009 04:03 AM
Missy Ann said...

My favorite is cannoli from my local mom & pop Italian restaurant. They have the shells made up, but they pipe in the filling until you order it so the shell stays crispy. Yum yum yum.

March 2, 2009 04:04 AM
Ashley said...

Key Lime pie from pretty much anywhere.

March 2, 2009 04:04 AM
Heat_her Jeanne and Co. said...

My favorite dining out dessert would have to be the messy sundae at Sammy’s Wood Fired Pizza. YUM!

March 2, 2009 04:05 AM
jennypilgrim said...

My favorite dessert is the Strawberry Cake from Edgars in Birmingham, AL. You can eat a light lunch, soup and sandwich and dessert! Everything they have is wonderful!!!!!

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Jenny Moon

March 2, 2009 04:05 AM
Tracye said...

It would have to be turtle cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. Yum!

There was a cake show in Austin yesterday and today. I entered two pieces… more details will be posted soon.

If you’re interested in looking, my blog is:

LOVE your stuff!

March 2, 2009 04:05 AM
Adrienne said...

Mountain high mud pie at Red Robin!

March 2, 2009 04:05 AM
~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

My all time favorite is Banana Cream Cheesecake with caramel & hot fudge sauce, fresh sliced bananas and whip cream!!

March 2, 2009 04:06 AM
Amy said...

My favorite dessert is (was) the pineapple upside down cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. I need to start a campaign to bring it back. It just wouldn’t do for it to be gone forever!!!

March 2, 2009 04:06 AM
Judy said...

most of my favorites aren’t close so I savor them when I get near them
oreo shakes from JCWs (makes my mouth water just thinking of them)
cheesecake factory (just about anything with cheese and chocolate in the title works for me)
around here…we are still trying to find our favs
but again if it has the word chocolate in it is pretty good for me.

March 2, 2009 04:07 AM
Kyle and Lesley said...

Macaroni Grill’s Lemon Passion. mmmmm now I’m going to have to go get some.

March 2, 2009 04:07 AM
Teenage Librarian said...

I Love the Chocolate Souffle Cake with Ice Cream and vanilla sauce from California Pizza Kitchen. YUMMY!

March 2, 2009 04:07 AM
Pieceful Bits said...

For a Quick treat I love Dairy Queen’s Strawberry Shortcake (~~)Julie
skybluecrayons (at)yahoo dot com

March 2, 2009 04:07 AM
Kerry said...

The key lime pie at Cactus Club. It’s a creamy pie filling (no jelly!) on a graham cracker crust, with whipped cream (plain, no sugar added, which is soooooo good) and then the best part: fresh lime zest and some powdered sugar sprinkled over the plate.

Deeeee-lish. Had it yesterday! :)

March 2, 2009 04:08 AM
Rosemarie said...

Hmmm …. have to say a similar dish to what you are describing at a restaurant called The Office. I think they are just a chain in NJ. Came out on a sizzling hotplate and was just divine.

Thanks for this great giveaway and good luck everyone!

March 2, 2009 04:09 AM
Heather said...

Churros from Carolina’s, a small-chain Mexican restaurant in Sacramento. Oh how I miss good Mexican food!

March 2, 2009 04:09 AM
Brittney Galloway said...

I love the 99 cent soft serve cone at McDonalds. For whatever reason, it’s delicious and nostalagic for me!

March 2, 2009 04:09 AM
Kami said...

My favorite dessert is called Never On Sundae at the Pizza Factory. It is like a Pizzookie…an undercooked chocolate chip cookie with icecream, caramel sauce and chocolate sauce…yum!

ps. Love you Miss Bakerella!

March 2, 2009 04:10 AM
Tyler said...

I love the little chocolate mousse shots out at applebee’s…oh they are soo good!

March 2, 2009 04:11 AM
HannahNoel said...

My favorite dining out dessert is really good tiramisu at a really good Italian restaurant. I’m not talking chains, I mean the little restaurants that are authentic.

March 2, 2009 04:12 AM
Diane said...

the Olive Garden used to have this wonderful thing called the “berry crostada.” it was a golden pastry with goopy hot berry goodness inside, served with vanilla ice cream. mmmmmmmmmm…


March 2, 2009 04:12 AM
Melanie said...

I’m a big fan of the Great Wall of Chocolate Cake PF Chang’s. It’s like 5 layers of chocolate cake with raspberry filling in between the layers, chocolate frosting on the outside with mini chocolate chips, drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. holy. wow.

March 2, 2009 04:12 AM
ashley marie said...

I went to Eddie Merlot’s the other night and my husband and I split the S’mores and hot chocolate dessert. It was fantastic! There was a really chocolatey cake slice topped with toasted marshmallows and it had a trail of graham cracker crumbs along with a mini cup of hot chocolate… YUM!!! I also love the fried banana dessert thing at PF Changs.

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
cold cocoa said...

I haven’t splurged on many fine-dining desserts, but I don’t need to when I am quite in love with the Frosty from Wendy’s! Chocolate, of course!

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
m?d?lina said...

Apple Crumble from Kelsey’s in Canada:)

– Madalina

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
jamie b said...

chocolate thunder from down under at outback!!! yum! :)

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
tamela said...

that’s a *sweet* giveaway bakerella :) thanks!!

i’d have to say definitely Chili’s molten lava cake, that stuff is amazing!!!

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
m?d?lina said...

Apple Crumble from Kelsey’s in Canada:)

– Madalina

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
m?d?lina said...

Apple Crumble from Kelsey’s in Canada:)

– Madalina

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
m?d?lina said...

Apple Crumble from Kelsey’s in Canada:)

– Madalina

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
m?d?lina said...

Apple Crumble from Kelsey’s in Canada:)

– Madalina

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
m?d?lina said...

Apple Crumble from Kelsey’s in Canada:)

– Madalina

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
m?d?lina said...

Apple Crumble from Kelsey’s in Canada:)

– Madalina

March 2, 2009 04:13 AM
Jen said...

Mmmmm the Chocolate Mountain Fudge Cake at Black Angus is so YUM!!! Being a chocolate lover, you have got to try it!

March 2, 2009 04:14 AM
Erin said...

Banana Cream Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory = pure bliss.

March 2, 2009 04:14 AM
Jennifer said...

My absolute favorite dining out desert is the carrot cake from Ippolitos.

March 2, 2009 04:15 AM
junko said...

Yum! I usually don’t like nuts in my desserts either but yours sounds delicious! i love getting a scoop of green tea ice cream at the end of a japanese dinner :)

March 2, 2009 04:15 AM
Kendyl said...

Love the Chocolate Lava Cake from Flemings Steak house! To DIE for! They serve it with pistachio crumbles and vanilla ice cream. Super good! Second best is HUGE Chocolate Ecliar at Claim Jumper. Yum!.

March 2, 2009 04:16 AM
Andrea Arevalo said...

my favorite is at a restaurant called Havana Harry’s here in Miami
its called Harry’s Chocolate i believe and its this like flowerless chocolate souffle with a huge molten center and crispy sides!
so delish!!!!!
mmm im going to go get me some tomorrow :D

March 2, 2009 04:16 AM
Scott & Linda said...

The cheesecake with raspberry sauce and hazelnuts from Buca di Beppo. It’s real Italian cheesecake with ricotta. Best. Dessert. Ever.

March 2, 2009 04:16 AM
Shar said...

I love tres leches cake from Costa Vida, a fresh-mex restaurant. Yum.

March 2, 2009 04:16 AM
MommyAmy said...

Oh Lordy! I’ve been a huge fan of the blondie at Applebees for YEARS! This recipe is so dangerous in my hands…. DROOL!!!!

The other chain restaurant desert I love is the brownie at TGI Friday’s. SO GOOD! It ranks right up there with Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownie (which is totally outrageous!).

March 2, 2009 04:16 AM
tantra flower said...

Griff’s in Wilson, NC, a locally owned and operated place, used to serve a dessert called The Chocolate Bomb. Five layers of chocolate: creamy pudding, a gooey nutty brownie, homemade hot fudge sauce, a generous scoop of chocolate ice cream, the more hot fudge. Topped with real whipped cream and a cherry (of course). It was supposed to serve two, but I ate the whole thing myself and omg it was pure chocolate heaven. I wonder if it’s still on the menu.

March 2, 2009 04:17 AM
Deanna said...

Yummmy! Anything with cinnamon, apples, and caramel! The best I’ve had so far is a local restaurants’ version of a “Poor Boy’s” Bread Pudding. Unbelievably rich and decadent, topped with aged cheddar cheese! Hello delicious!

March 2, 2009 04:17 AM
Christy said...

Chris’ Outrageous Chocolate Cake from Cheesecake Factory. “Layers of Moist Chocolate Cake, Chewy Brownie, Toasted Coconut Pecan Filling and Creamy Chocolate Chip Coconut Cheesecake.” Sweet mother it’s delicious. BUT, ever since I found out it’s 1,380 calories (!!!) I haven’t ordered it. Maybe one day I will again….and split it with 5 other people. lcsiojo AT usfca DOT edu.

March 2, 2009 04:17 AM
Kristin Brewer said...

Dang! Somebody chose the Great Wall of Chocolate cake from PF Chang’s already. That is by far, the BEST Dining Out Dessert if you’re going for chocolate. Once you’ve had this, other chocolate cakes don’t compare.

March 2, 2009 04:17 AM
hyjekna said...

I think I would have to say… Montana’s deep fried cheesecake. :D

March 2, 2009 04:17 AM
Kelley and Rhett said...

oooo so many to choose from! I ate the red velvet cake from CPK and it was AMAZING! But I also love a skillet chocolate chip cookie with vanilla bean ice cream….it was at a place call Whisque which closed recently in ABQ…

I just LOVE dessert!

Thanks so much!

March 2, 2009 04:18 AM
Helen said...

My favorite dessert is a brownie and vanilla ice cream treat from Tin Star. Sooooo yummy! (And huge! Bonus!)

March 2, 2009 04:18 AM
Amy said...

Ohhhh! I, like you, only get desserts on special occasions, but I absolutely LOVE the molten chocolate cake from Chilis. MMMmmmmmmmm…..

March 2, 2009 04:18 AM
Mandi said...

I LOVE the Cookie Monster at Cheddars. YUM! And the Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory! YUM again!

March 2, 2009 04:19 AM
Erica said...

Banana spring rolls from P.F. Changs — heavenly!!!

March 2, 2009 04:19 AM
Bethama said...

Soft ice cream. Or frozen yogurt, or custard, or anything that’s cold and creamy and spirally. Doesn’t matter where it’s from, and I’m flexible about flavor, but it has to be in a cone. Of course, as with all things, it’s best appreciated at the Jersey Shore.

March 2, 2009 04:20 AM
Simply Sara said...

I am so trying out this recipe!Thanks again for sharing such a yummy treat!

My favorite dinning out dessert has to be the White Chocolate Brownie from Moxie’s.

(do you guys have Moxie’s in the states or is it only up here in Canada??)

March 2, 2009 04:21 AM
Logan and Rebecca said...

Definitely Chili’s Molten Chocolate Cake…just had one last night as a matter of fact!! Yummy!!!!!

March 2, 2009 04:21 AM
Jane said...

Right now I am loving PF Chang’s mini deserts in shot glasses. They have a chocolate cake version that is to die for. The teeny tiny spoons make it last for a while and I don’t leave the restaurant feeling broke or guilty.

March 2, 2009 04:22 AM
Candice said...

I have to say the brownies a la mode from this little restaurant downtown. They make the best brownies and have a variety to chose from. Topped off with caramel, just can’t resist it!

March 2, 2009 04:22 AM
~Sophia and Noah's Mommy~ said...

First off I LOVE your blog. Second, it has to be Claim Jumper MUDD PIE! SO YUMMY. I love contests.

March 2, 2009 04:22 AM
Dustin & Ashley said...

F’hzookies! Its a hot cookie on a hot skillet at Firehouse Pizza. Its Delicious. Ice cream and caramel on top. Can life get better? I submit that it cannot!

March 2, 2009 04:22 AM
The Robinsons said...

Cold Stone makes a mean Rasberry, brownie, reeses peanut butter all mixed in sweet cream ice cream, yum!

March 2, 2009 04:23 AM
Jill Ann said...

I’ll try not to short out my keyboard with my drool. Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie from Chile’s is da bomb!

March 2, 2009 04:23 AM
Anonymous said...

Molten Chocolate cake from chilis, you just made me have a mad craving bakerella!

March 2, 2009 04:23 AM
Sarah said...

Anywhere that offers LaRocca’s Chocolate Brownie Caramel Cheesecake is A-OK with me. Of course, molten chocolate cake is a very close second!


March 2, 2009 04:24 AM
Lindsay said...

Boston Cream Pie is one of my favs from Marie Calendars. But mainly anything chocolatey anywhere will do!

March 2, 2009 04:24 AM
metc said...

I really loved the Mexican fried ice cream from ChiChi’s (which sadly does not exist anymore).

March 2, 2009 04:25 AM
Niki said...

I love dessert and like you I usually go for the most chocolate thing on the menu! But there is this little italin/pizza place around where I live with the best caramel cake ever!! They always run out so I make sure and order that FIRST before my meal!!

March 2, 2009 04:25 AM
Courtney said...

my favorite dessert hands down is the carrot cake cheesecake at cheesecake factory. Closely followed by the two fork cheesecake at salt grass steakhouse (a local chain). As you can see, I’m a cheesecake kinda gal. :-)

March 2, 2009 04:26 AM
Christina Kim said...

I, too, tend to opt for the chocolate dessert, but this blondie looks absolutely irresistible!

March 2, 2009 04:27 AM
hoLLy said...

the molten cake at chilis ALL THE WAY! i love it!

March 2, 2009 04:28 AM
Rina Toketa said...


You are amazing! This is the first time I’m commenting on your blog. However, I read your blog ALL the time, you’re actually on my blog roll as well :) Anyway, I’ve been looking for a recipe close to the Applebee’s Blondie and secretly wishing you had the recipe…and looky here! I’m so excited to try this!

Ok, I’m rambling (only because I’m excited-lol), my fav dine out desert would have to be the White Chocolate Macadamia Blondie Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory…LOVE IT! So, do you have a recipe for that? hehe

March 2, 2009 04:28 AM
Crazy About Cakes said...

I love the Boston Cream Pie at Marie Calendars. Mmmm….. Although I think I need to make a trip to Applebees! You are a genius.

March 2, 2009 04:28 AM
Cherry Blossoms said...

I love the Godiva Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory! S0 Chocolatey and SO yummy! Thanks for letting me enter!

March 2, 2009 04:29 AM
landa said...

OMG I love you. This is my absolute favorite dessert. I mean I order it everytime but if im out somewhere else. I would totally get the Dave and Busters Bananas Foster. That is awesome. You should try it.

March 2, 2009 04:29 AM
Maria said...

Every restaurant that I have been to has my favorite dessert. The most recent dessert that I had was a chocolate brownie thing at Claim Jumpers…yum.

March 2, 2009 04:29 AM
Jennifer D. said...

My absolute favorite has vanished from menus…

The Oreo Madness dessert from TGI Friday’s (luckily, it is easy enough to replicate with Oreo ice cream sandwiches, hot fudge, and hot caramel sauce… great, now I need to run to the store!)

March 2, 2009 04:30 AM
Laura Beth said...

On our honeymoon (eight years ago) we had a divine chocolate brownie with ice cream and hot fudge sauce. But it wasn’t your typical hot fudge sundae, though. Hazlenut, maybe? Anyways, I tasted the same type sauce on my son’s ice cream sundae at Macaroni Grille the other night and it transported me to our honeymoon. Yum!

March 2, 2009 04:30 AM
The Miller Family said...

I love this apple dumpling thing they used to have at Crackerbarrel. They have an apple pie now that is similar, but nothing is as good as that was!

March 2, 2009 04:31 AM
Our Three Sons said...

Chile’s Molten Lava Cake is my Favorite! In fact I have found some pretty close recipes for making it at home!! Now I want some!! I might have to make that tonight!!

March 2, 2009 04:32 AM
89 said...

Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna, they don’t make it anymore but it was GOOD!

March 2, 2009 04:32 AM
Lisa said...

I love carrot cake cheesecake from the cheesecake factory…. yummmm!

March 2, 2009 04:32 AM
Angilyn said...

I’m with you – I usually always go for something chocolatey. But, we have a family owned icecream shop here in Salt Lake City, called Leatherby’s and they have THE best caramel I have ever tasted. I don’t even think of ordering the hot fudge there – I get the caramel sauce over vanilla icecream every time. By the way, my sister introduced me to your blog. She said something like, “It’s so beautiful it will make you cry.” : )

March 2, 2009 04:32 AM
Kristi said...

has to be the chocolate toffee cake at Carinos. I love chocolate and it the the best for sure!

March 2, 2009 04:33 AM
Ramblings Of Life said...

My favorite dessert is from the Cheesecake Factory, The Godiva Chocolate Cheeseake..YUM!

March 2, 2009 04:33 AM
kimmie said...

chocolate mess from market place!

March 2, 2009 04:33 AM
MommyMert said...

Just one?? Okay, I will dish on a couple, because its too hard to narrow it down.. Lovin' the WHITE chocolate molten cake at Chilis, McDonalds M&M McFlurry… (its the little M&Ms that make me super happy), and I am a sucker for Tiramisu… I tried PF Changs the other night… perfect size, and yumMO! (ps, tried your cookie brownie bars, and WE LOVE THEM! THANKS) mertgirl at hotmail dot com.

March 2, 2009 04:33 AM
Effie said...

Wow, you absolutely read my mind on this dessert! Applebee’s White Chocolate Walnut Blondie is my favourite of all time and I’ve been craving it for all this week…

Thank you a trillion times :)

March 2, 2009 04:34 AM
Hansen Family said...

Chocolate Thunder From Down Under!!!
Outback of course!

March 2, 2009 04:35 AM
Christina said...

Definitely Chile’s Lava Cake—second place would be anything at a local ice cream shop here (bonnie brae ice cream). Now I am hungry. :)

christina.wandry at

March 2, 2009 04:35 AM
Dianna said...

best dessert is the Taro Pie that you can get at any McDonald’s in China. SO GOOOOD and so unfortunate for me that i can only get it when i’m in China

March 2, 2009 04:35 AM
Dawn said...

I go in phases with my favorite desserts, currently, I'm in love with Tres Leches from Cafe Rio. They are fantastic!! If I had to pick a 2nd? Fondue at the melting pot – Yin Yang w/white & milk chocolate.

Heaven. On. Earth.

March 2, 2009 04:35 AM
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