Christmas Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies

Written by Becky
Every time my parents come in town I make at least one special meal for them. I’ve made special anniversary cakes, creamy risottos, hearty soups, and many desserts especially for them over the years.  I have learned what they like and dislike. Follow my blog with bloglovin

My hint to what they may not enjoy is when their comment is something like this, “mmm this tastes very healthy.”  Rarely is the dish even remotely healthy.  So I take that as my cue.
I book-marked this recipe especially for my parents.  My dad loves sweets but hates chocloate so often times, I notice him eating cookies with white chocolate or blondies (the fancy sister of brownie).  For thanksgiving I made these blondies and my parents both said this was the best dessert I’ve ever made for them.  My parents are simple, Texas folk (not necessarily the gourmet kind) and this is a simple, sweet dessert that is good for your soul.  There’s no way they will be able to comment on these being ‘healthy,’ but they are anything but bad.  We all devoured them over a couple of days.  I hope you enjoy them and share them with your sweet families this holiday season.

Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies
adapted from dlyn blog

1 cup soft butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
6 ounces of dried cranberries
6 ounces of toasted, coarsely chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 350º and grease a 9×13 in baking dish.  Cream butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, and baking powder.  Add the flour mixture 1/4 cup at a time.  When flour is incorporated, add dried cranberries and toasted almonds.

Spread evenly in a well greased 9×13 inch baking dish.

Bake at 350º for about 40 minutes. The top should be nicely golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center should come out clean. Immediately scatter 3 ounces chopped white chocolate over the top and spread as it melts.  Allow to cool completely, or as long as people can stand to wait, and cut into 2 inch bars.
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Comments (3)

  1. "This tastes healthy"– HAHAHAHAHAHAHA… Hilarious. These look really delicious, though, and good to know that they appeal to people with very different tastes.

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