Walnut Chocolate Chip Blondies

I have to say that for as many brownies, blondies and other decadent bar cookies that have made it down my gullet, I’ve never had a blondie quite like this one.

These bars are golden and chewy. Chewy, chewy, chewy. Thanks to the exclusive brown sugar, the blondies bake up luscious and dense and well, did I mention, chewy?

Studded with chocolate chips and walnuts, these little blondies are absolutely magical. I’ve never had the original at Applebee’s but when my Aunt Marilyn sent me a recipe she had found for a general look-alike blondie and the word “YUMMY!” was scrolled across the top of the page, I knew I needed to make these a part of my life (and hips).

Totally worth it. Totally. Unique in their chewiness (seriously, can I stand to say that word one more time in this post?) and utter deliciousness, these blondies need to be a part of your life (and hips) immediately, also. Everything about them is perfect. And chewy.

Walnut Chocolate Chip Blondies

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Walnut Chocolate Chip Blondies

Yield: Makes a 9X13-inch pan

Walnut Chocolate Chip Blondies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9X13-inch pan with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and mix well. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda and blend until combined.
  3. Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and nuts over the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  4. If desired, serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.

Recipe Source: sent to me by my Aunt Marilyn

46 Responses to Walnut Chocolate Chip Blondies {Applebee’s Knock-off Recipe}

  1. Susan says:

    I have been making these for years and years, I got the recipe from the newspaper and they are called something else but they are fantastic. My recipe has the chocolate chips mixed it and no nuts. they are always a hit wherever I take them and so easy!! love the sauce idea too…yum!

  2. Krissa says:

    I made these and they tasted great but they just fell flat. Is there something I am not doing correctly? I followed the recipe… Also, is lining the pan with foil a must? Thanks Mel. My family and I are loving your recipes.. Yumm..

    • Mel says:

      Hi Krissa, no you don’t need to line the pan with foil – I do so because it makes for easier cleanup. Also, when I make these, they usually fall a bit, too – they are on the dense, chewy side of the spectrum and not tall and fluffy. You might be making them just right!

  3. Colette W says:

    I made these tonight and everyone loved them! Next time I think I’ll try the sauce Holly shared in the comments. Thanks for posting all of these yummy tried and true recipes!

  4. Felicia says:

    Made these last night and they are amazing!

  5. Mel says:

    Hi Kathryn – these bars definitely don’t turn out greasy when I make them so you might be on to something with the flour measuring. I always scoop and sweep which probably means I’m getting a bit more flour into my measuring cup than you are. Try adding a bit more flour (1/4 to 1/3 cup) and see how that goes. Good luck!

  6. Kathryn says:

    Hi Mel-
    I’ve tried this recipe twice and had the same problem both times. My bars turn out REALLY greasy. I realize they should be chewy but this was beyond. I was thinking maybe I’m not adding enough flour. I spoon mine into the measuring cup instead of scooping. What’s your method? I’m on the coast of NC so I’m right as sea level I don’t know if that could contribute to it as well. Got any suggestions? Hope you and the kiddos feel better soon. Our weather is going to be mild today, in the 70’s. Come on by for some fresh air!

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  8. Deb says:

    Mel – I’m so glad you posted this on the list of forgotten recipes! I was looking for something quick to make for dessert tonight and had all of these ingredients on hand. They came together in 5 minutes and turned out DELICIOUS! You weren’t kidding about the chewy 🙂 And I loved the walnuts. Thanks!!

  9. Dani129 says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I love it

  10. Shannon says:

    These aren’t forgotten! Although I have to admit that I made them for the first time today for a potluck. They are indeed wonderfully chewy and were a complete hit! Thanks for yet another wonderful recipe that I also will use again and again!

  11. Shannon says:

    I love the idea of just sprinkling the chips and nuts on top. Then they don’t get lost in the blondie and the blondie doesn’t lose it’s distinction either. I’d never thought of such a simple solution!

  12. Kerri says:

    I kind of feel like I cheated…. Everyone raves about these and yet they are so simple to prepare. Made as written except used dark chocolate chips and pecans. My husband loves these with his Scotch! Lol!

  13. Paula B. says:

    I’m baking these right now, just happened to see a pic of them on the side of your post today. I didn’t even read the comments until now but the batter is heavenly. Can’t wait till they come out of the oven, thanks so much – love a blondie!

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    […] My Mum is coming to visit this week, and we’ll need something special to have with our many cups of coffee, so I am going to whip up these Walnut Chocolate Chip Blondies. […]

  16. Kathryn says:

    You are either my new best friend or my hips worst enemy. 😉 Everything looks so yummy, I can’t wait to try it all!

  17. Anissa says:

    Made these (Sans nuts) and they were delicious. Great recipe, thanks!

  18. Liz says:

    These were amazing Mel! Thanks so much for the recipe. I loved them plain and also with vanilla ice cream. I even tried the sauce recipe that someone posted and that was yummy with it too. Blondies are one of my favorites and I’d have them anyday over a chocolate brownie. These were the best!

  19. Kayla says:

    OH. SNAP. This is my FAVORITE dessert! My family and I ordered it once ages ago when Applebee’s was considered a “special treat” (not so much anymore, haha) and we’ve been addicted since! My dad will give people cash to go and eat it as long as they bring back a receipt to prove they went. Seriously. I wish I was lying. If you haven’t had it in the restaurant, forgo all your preconceived notions of Applebee’s, just toss them to the wind, and eat it there. Hot, melty, chewy, with the sauce…DELICIOUS.

    Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe! Sorry for all the caps lock and what not, this just basically turned my rainy dreary day into a perfect one! Looking forward to more tasty treats! I see your recipes on Pinterest all the time and can’t wait to try them out!

  20. Heidi says:

    I made these tasty things for Labor day! They are magical!
    Thanks Holly in the West for the sauce, we used that recipe and it was heavenly.

  21. tonya says:

    Hey Mel, I found you through Shaunta’ at Step Into My Chambers & I am so thankful!! I love your site & I LOVE your recipes! I made these blondies last week & they were wonderful. I’m trying to lose weight right now so I just had one (okay, maybe two – ha!), then sent the rest to work with my husband. They were devoured!! We had your Pineapple Salsa Chicken (in tortillas) last night & it was SO tasty! We had huge helpings with plenty left over so I took it to my parents for their supper tonight. I know they will enjoy it, too. I’ve printed out several others of your recipes & look forward to trying all of them. One of these days I even plan to tackle your homemade breads! Maybe we’ll be like Julie & Julia?? Ha-ha!! Seriously, thanks for taking the time to share your expertise with the culinary-challenged like me!

  22. Jennifer G. says:

    You had me at chewy. I made blondies awhile ago that turned out dry and hard. I thought it might be the high altitude I live at (6,500 ft). I made these just to compare and they were very chewy and delicious! Even the next day. I love the edges and the walnuts were a great touch. This is my one and only blondie recipe now. Thanks.

  23. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    These look divine! I must try these! So happy I found this. With the holiday weekend approaching I’ll have to bake these up and will be perfect for the picnic we are attending on Sunday! Thanks!

  24. Alicia says:

    These are Heaven sent. I made them tonight using what I had on hand, which was slivered almonds and chopped dark chocolate with a little sea salt. Yum. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Mhhh oh golly gosh! Those are some fiiiine lookin’ blondies!
    I’ve never had the ones from applebee’s, neither. In fact, I’ve never been to applebee’s (we don’t have those here). They really look nice and choo choo chewy – I’ll defo save the recipe! 😉


  26. grace says:

    i like the blondie at applebee’s, but the best part about it is the maple sauce. i could (and do) seriously lick the plate every time. even though i’m a proud brunette, i appreciate the blondie. 🙂

  27. Heather says:

    Made these today and loved them! I used 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips and walnuts. So good! I also cut down the brown sugar a bit just because 2 cups freaked me out, and they still turned out great! Thanks for the recipe.

  28. Holly in the WEST says:

    Since someone was hoping for a knock-off sauce recipe for Applebee’s blondies – here’s the one I use:
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
    2 Tbsp. maple syrup
    1/4 tsp. salt
    Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat through, stirring until smooth. Serve immediately over blondie bars.

  29. Kim in MD says:

    These look delicious, Mel! I am going to bake these for my party next weekend…I know they will be a hit! 🙂

  30. Bri says:

    I just realized I can make the whole pan and freeze them right?

  31. Bri says:

    Would I need to make any adjustments if I halve the recipe?

    • Mel says:

      Bri – I’ve never halved it but if I did, I wouldn’t make any adjustments other than baking it in a smaller pan (obviously) and probably cutting the baking time down significantly, by 10-ish minutes, and checking often for doneness. Let me know if you try it!

  32. Deb says:

    So, I think we need to start a new policy that when ever you make something this yummy you have to save some and share it with me. I think it’s a good deal! I love all the pictures of your food. I get hungry even though I just ate!

  33. Jean says:

    You lost me at Applebees on this one.

  34. Leigh Anne says:

    Oh YUMM-O! I’ve loved these at Applebee’s! But, when I’ve had them they didn’t have choc chips and had this magical sauce that went over the top……was hoping to get a recipe for the sauce too. It is creamy, with a hint of caramel and a bit of salt to off-set the sweet. I could drink it!! haha! Maybe someone else will come along with a knock-off sauce recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Lisa says:

    These look good! Thanks for sharing! I was recently thinking about a blondie recipe my friend makes with walnuts and chocolate chips in them. I never got the recipe, so this is perfect!

  36. Sara says:

    Oh this looks sooo good. I can just imagine eating it hot out of the oven with some vanilla ice cream. 🙂

  37. Kristin says:

    These are the best! This recipe is nearly identical to Epicurious’ “Blondies with Pecans and Chocolate Chips”….it has been our go-to quick treat for years (hint: they’re best slightly under-baked)

  38. I love the combination of walnuts and chocolate, and these blondies look right up my alley! Great recipe, Mel.

  39. kelley says:

    I love a good chewy blondie. And now I want one for breakfast too!

  40. Bri says:

    Is it bad I want to up the nuts and chocolate chips to a full cup? These sound so yummy. I have never made any type of blondie, so these will be my first!

  41. Deborah says:

    Um, is it bad that I want one of these for breakfast??

  42. These look, and by your description sound too, like my perfect blondie 🙂 Seriously – chewy nutty chocolatey goodness, wonderful!

  43. ooooh, I LOVE blondies! YUM!

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