- 3/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large 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
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter until melted; stir in brown sugar. Cool slightly.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; stir into butter mixture. Stir in cranberries and chopped chocolate (batter will be thick). Spread into a greased 13x9-in. pan.
- Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (do not overbake), 18-21 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- For frosting, beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and, if desired, orange peel until smooth. Gradually beat in half of the melted white chocolate; spread over blondies. Sprinkle with cranberries; drizzle with remaining melted chocolate.
- Cut into triangles. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.
Reviews for White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies
"The tartness of the cranberries is a nice contrast to the very sweet chips and frosting"
"These were very good!"
"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."
"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!"
"Usee real cranberries and white chocolate chip. Wow. Amazing"
"Absolutely delicious! Only change was to omit the orange peel. Will definitely make again!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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. . . ."