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White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies Recipe

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies Recipe

“This recipe is often requested for wedding receptions,” says Erika Busz of Kent, Washington. “For a fancier presentation, cut the bars into triangle shapes and drizzle white chocolate over each one individually.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:30 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel, optional
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped


  • 1. In a microwave, melt butter; stir in brown sugar. Transfer to a large bowl; cool to room temperature. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture. Stir in cranberries and chopped chocolate (batter will be thick).
  • 2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and orange peel if desired until blended. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 239 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (24g sugars, trace fiber), 3g protein

Reviews for White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"The tartness of the cranberries is a nice contrast to the very sweet chips and frosting"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"These were very good!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"Best Blondie recipe I have ever tried! I left off the icing one time for less calories and it still tasted just as great. Very moist and full flavor."

Reviewed May. 23, 2015 Edited Dec. 28, 2015

"I added some orange flavoring. 1 1/2 teaspoons of Watkins pure orange extract and a bit more in the icing. Super good. They were gobbled up before anything else and people were swooning over them!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Usee real cranberries and white chocolate chip. Wow. Amazing"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"Absolutely delicious! Only change was to omit the orange peel. Will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"We could not stop eating these! I followed the recipe exactly, no changes needed. They are very rich, so I did cut them a little smaller and got more than 30 servings. Will definitely be making these again and again."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"Running late, I brought them to my work Christmas party without even having cut them yet, much less try one... I added 1/2 C coconut to both Blondie and frosting, omitted orange peel. They were a HUGE hit, coworkers that were still on the clock were sneaking into the party to try them as they were hearing about them inside! They were gone so fast, I only got try the little piece left in my pan that had fallen apart when I was cutting it. And thank god for that! The second time I tried to make this I was again, running late, and decided I had to ditch the frosting, so instead I chopped a bunch of random candy bars I had and mixed in before baking- just as big of a hit, and no one knew that wasn't the intention, or even that it was the same recipe, for those that had seen the 1st batch. My all time favorite Blondie recipe. And EASY, I don't even bother with the mixer."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"The cream cheese frosting pairs perfectly with the cranberries in this recipe. My whole family loved the bars, despite being a bit skeptical before tasting. Excellent treat! I'll definitely make these again."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"Make these for Christmas and always get compliments. You can also substitute dried cherries in this recipe - excellent! Also use white choc chips instead of baking chocolate chunks. These should be made more than once a year - would be a very thoughtful and delicious Valentine's gift or could also add some dried blueberries for a 4th of July picnic. Just a thought. . . ."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"Excellent! The frosting is the best part! How can we go wrong with cream cheese. I used orange extract in the frosting as another person suggested and it worked well. Left out the cinnamon; didn't think it was compatible with orange."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"I made these to ship to a friend who's down-range, so I omitted the frosting. I doubled the cinnamon, used dark brown sugar rather than light and I added the orange zest to the blondie. They were really good! I think they might be too sweet with the frosting, but I'm going to try them frosted next time to see. I shipped half the recipe and they traveled well and were much appreciated. I took the other half to a church potluck and got multiple requests for the recipe. Definitely a keeper!"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"I followed the directions to a t. Perfect! They are a perfect bar."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"Wow! What a great recipe... I made it just like the recipe says and everyone absolutely loved it! The bars just melt in your mouth. I took it to the office and now they all have the recipe. :) Definitely a new favorite."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"This recipe is amazing! The blondie is nice and soft and the cranberry and white chocolate really pop in them. The frosting puts them over the top. Would be good without frosting, too. I did not have white baking chocolate the second time I made these, so I used regular white chocolate chips. Worked the same and tasted good."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I've made this twice now and it is a HUGE hit. I keep forgetting to use unsalted butter so mine have come out a tad salty. This is a great recipe but I have found that a 1/2 cup of chopped cranberries on top isn't enough, so I use more. Keep extra white chocolate on hand if this is your first time melting - I burned mine the first go-around. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I know before I make it, it will be delicious since its been compared to the Cranberry Bliss Bar from Starbucks. My question....I just moved from sea level to 6200 ft. How should I adjust this recipe due to the elevation. I ammaking this for a cookie exchange this ciming weekend. Thank you in advance."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"These are just like Starbuck's cranberry bliss bars(i'd argue, even better!). I highly recommend using the orange zest in the frosting, it adds another dimension of flavor and cuts the sweetness of the white chocolate. It was a wonderful addition to the Thanksgiving desserts at our house!"

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"I want to make these, but cannot have cranberries due to medication interactions...can anyone recommend an alternative... maybe cherries? Not a big apricot fan, so that wouldn't work."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"This was the perfect dessert for the holiday season. I will be making it for a couple of different holiday gatherings. I love the citrus and cranberry combination."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"Always generates rave reviews and recipe requests wherever it is taken. This recipe will make you a baking SUPERSTAR in your social circles. Takes time to create but will impress your guests without fail."

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"This dessert is delicious and pretty!"

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"These sounded so good with the apricots and almonds and white chips. I started making a double batch of these thinking I had all the ingredients but I was wrong. I had no apricots so I used dried cranberries. I had only 1 bags of white chips so I also added a bag of butterscotch chips. All and all it was a good recipe but a little over- sweet with the butterscotch chips. I would definitely be willing to make this again with the ingredients the recipe really calls for."

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"To die for! These don't last long."

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"We made this recipe for Christmas banquets a couple years ago at my work, feeding about 10,000 people. It was a hit and quickly became known as a "little piece of heaven." Delicious!!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"These bars were delicious! I made them for Christmas dessert and people were asking to take some home with them. I substituted orange extract in the frosting because I forgot to buy an orange. I also used white chocolate chips in the bar because I'm not so great at chopping. Lol!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"Theese cookies are absolutely delicious. I made these for Christmas along with a bunch of other cookies and these are by far everyones favorite. Everytime I give these to someone they want the recipe. I will definitely be making these again."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I love these bars. The only problem I had was self-control to not eat the whole pan myself."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"I made these last Christmas and they were so good. Everyone loved them. I will definitley make them again."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"BETTER than the ones Starbucks sells! This is a new favorite in my family!"

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"The bars are chewy the topping is tangy! This was by far my favorite bar I made all Last christmas. I loved it so much, im making it in july."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"These taste like the Cranberry Bliss Bars that Starbucks sells at Christmas time"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"Very good, next time I might try cooking with chopped fresh cherries on the inside."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"I made these for family Christmas and my uncle actually hid one for later because they were going fast! Yummo!! :)"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"This was excellent, but I did make some changes. I'm not a big fan of crunchy bits in my desserts, so I only added half of the white chocolate to the batter than what was called for. I couldn't really taste the cranberries in the finished product, so I chopped up the remainder of the 12 ounce bag of cranberries I used (about 1 1/2 cups) and sprinkled them over the drizzled white chocolate. They tasted great with those changes, but what made them out-of-this-world was throwing them in the freezer! Better than an ice cream sandwich!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"I made these for our Church Holiday Dinner and they were a hit. Everyone raved about how pretty they were and how good they tasted. One gentleman said they were the best thing there! Needless to say, I didn't bring any home with me."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"This recipe is absolutely a "Keeper". Very easy to make. I baked for 19 minutes. I definitely would not baker any longer. The tenderness was perfect. These remind me of Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss they sell at Xmas time only better. A must try for the Holidays"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"This recipe is excellent and makes up so quickly, it's an easy keeper. My family absolutely loves it and I tend to hide it to keep it for special occasions."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"WOW! delicious. A bit rich, so start out with small pieces."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2009

"this is so very delicious!!!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2009

"Really enjoyed them, but I think next time I will just drizzle the 6 oz of white chocolate over the cooled blondies instead of using the frosting. The cream cheese frosting seems to overpower the cranberries and white chocolate."

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