Tuesday, December 21, 2010

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Oh Christmas baking, how I love you!  My Father-in-Law made these yummy bars for my son's baby blessing this last week, and they are wonderful :)  He got the recipe out of  Taste of Home, my newest favorite.

3/4 c. butter, cubed
1-1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
2-1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. dried cranberries
6 oz. white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped


1-8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. grated orange peel
6 oz. white baking chocolate, melted
1/2 c. dried cranberries, chopped

In microwave, melt butter; stir in brown sugar.  Transfter to a large bowl; cool to room temperature.  Beat in the 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 13x9in.baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake).  Cool on wire rack.

For the frosting, in a large bowl, beat 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 refrigerator.

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