White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

by Kelli on November 26, 2014

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Happy day before Thanksgiving!

Whether you need a quick, last minute dessert for the big day tomorrow, or you’re ready to move on to holiday baking, these White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies will do the trick.

Wait, is it too soon to be talking about holiday baking?

I’ve actually given this a lot of thought. Possibly more than is necessary. I just couldn’t decide if I was jumping the gun by talking about it before (albeit, it’s just one day) Thanksgiving. Buuut, these blondies also feel like a good transition from all things fall to all things holiday baking. So…

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #baking #dessert

The inspiration for these sweet bars came from my visit to the ALDI Test Kitchen earlier this month. There was a lot of talk about the holidays and entertaining, and let’s not forget the endless stream of food, which included so.much.dessert.

What really threw me over the edge though, was our visit to a local ALDI store, and walking down the baking aisle. This photo hardly does it justice. Like, not even close. It’s a super small fraction of their holiday baking supplies. And I had all I could do to restrain myself from buying one of everything.

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In my first post about shopping at ALDI I mentioned that it’s not a one-stop shop for me. Instead, I use it for stocking up on staples, one of which (and a big one) is baking supplies. One of the really interesting and surprising things I learned during my Test Kitchen visit is that ALDI doesn’t want to be a one-stop shop for people. That’s not what they are, and that’s not what they’re trying to become. They have a small store format. It works well for them, and that’s just one of the strength’s they’re playing off as they continue to grow.

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Back to dessert!

One bite into these blondies and I was quickly reminded that white chocolate and dried cranberries go together so, so well. They’re an ideal holiday season match-up.

One things to note, if you’re using older dried cranberries, like the ones that were forgotten about in the far back corner of the cabinet, have been sitting around for a few months, and are especially hard and dried out. They’re still perfectly fine to use, though I recommend rehydrating them in a cup of hot water.

And, if you have a fresh package of dried cranberries, no need to rehydrate. You’re good to go.

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I normally stick with baking blondies in a large, rectangular 13×9-inch pan. It makes a thin, bar-like blondie. That’s not what’s pictured here. I was in the mood for something a little thicker, so I opted for an 8×8-inch square pan, instead.

The choice is yours. You can use either size pan, with delicious results either way. Just note the different baking times below in the recipe.

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Makes one 8x8, or one 13x9 pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease an 8x8 or 13x9-inch pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (fitted with the paddle attachment) or a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and mix in the vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips and the cranberries.

Transfer the dough to the prepared pan.

If you're using an 8x8-inch pan, bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If you're using a 13x9-inch pan, bake for 18-20 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Remove from the oven, and cool for about an hour before serving.

Notes

Adapted very slightly from ALDI

http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/white-chocolate-cranberry-blondies/

Enjoy!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with ALDI’s Holiday Blogger Ambassador Program. I’m committed to working with brands I use and love, and as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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