Cranberry Almond Blondies

Once the weather gets hot, I don’t turn on my oven. We don’t have AC, so heating up the house, even to bake some really yummy cookies is pretty much out of the question. But it has stayed cooler than normal this year, so I thought I would grace Larry’s Father’s Day with some cookies. I wanted to make blonde brownies, and he loves fruity cookies, so I looked to see what I had. Dried cranberries and almonds – perfect! Toast the almonds ahead of time, so that they have time to cool before adding them to the batter.23This is a pretty standard cookie recipe – cream this, add that, mix in some other stuff and you are all set. So, here we go.
Preheat oven to 350º
1 cup soft butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
Cream until very fluffy
Beat in
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract [the real deal, not imitation]
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
When that is thoroughly incorporated, stir in
6 ounces of dried cranberries
6 ounces of toasted, coarsely chopped almonds33Spread evenly in a well greased 9×13 inch baking dish43Bake in 305º for about 40 minutes, turning halfway through baking time. 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 allow to sit for 5 minutes.53Spread out the now-melted chocolate. I wanted it uneven, but you can spread it evenly if you prefer.62Allow to cool completely, or as was the case on Father’s Day, as long as people can stand to wait, and cut into 2 inch bars.72Need a closer look?8Keep in a sealed container and they will stay moist and chewy for a week at least. The extra vanilla in the batter really shows in the flavor, and the white chocolate melts so nicely in your mouth – all in all, a very successful experiment!

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14 Responses to Cranberry Almond Blondies

  1. Charlane says:

    oh my!!! those look glorious – I will definitely try these. it reminds me in a way of those yummy cranberry bliss bars you can only get at Christmas from Starbucks.

  2. Gail says:

    Yummy, yummy! Another good one that I will be printing out and sure to make…Love the photos…Maybe you could do a tutorial on home food photography?

  3. lesley says:

    They look just gorgeous!!

  4. Rosa says:

    They look soooooooooooo scrumptious! I love Blondies!



  5. Bridgette says:

    A long time lurker, speaking up, finally! These look really wonderful, and I agree that I would love to hear from you about getting good photographs of food. I’ve thought about doing a blog of my cooking, but my photos just don’t come as well as I think they should to be used on a blog. Any advice about this would be most appreciated.

  6. annbb says:

    Those look delicious! Wish I baked. Well, not really as those wouldn’t help in the least in my quest to loose poundage.

  7. Kate says:

    I’ve been looking for something with these same elements to take to my in-laws for dessert on Sunday. Thank you!! They look awesome.

  8. Debbie Jean says:

    Those look delicious!! I too love sweet, chewy and nutty. Will have to try them.

  9. ellyn says:

    Bet you aren’t bringing of those up today, are you?! ARE YOU!! Meeehh.

  10. Janis says:

    Yum! Those look so good. I love cranberries and almonds.

  11. These are fabulous! Beautiful pictures!

  12. Wow, there are breathtaking!

  13. Christina says:

    Sweet, sweet – I love this blondies, the combination of cranberry, almonds and the white chocolate is really great! I can recommend this recipe!!!!

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