White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies Recipe
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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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. . . .
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.
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!
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