Brandied-cranberry white chocolate blondie

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 309kcal
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Ingredients

For the bars

  • 1 cup butter melted
  • cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • cup Craisins
  • 1 Cup Brandy or rum

For the topping

  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 squares white baking chocolate melted

Instructions

For the bars

  • Pour the brandy into a small bowl. Add the craisins. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 24 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Grease a 9x13 pan with butter, then line with parchment.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together.
  • Beat together the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, followed by the orange and vanilla extracts.
  • Add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
  • Drain the brandy from the craisins and reserve for other uses.
  • Add 3/4 cup of the craisins and the white chocolate chips
  • Spread the batter evenly into the pan. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden and middle is set.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before frosting them.

For the topping

  • Beat the cream cheese and the powdered sugar together until smooth.
  • Add the orange and vanilla extracts and mix thoroughly.
  • Chop the remaining craisins and sprinkle on top.
  • Melt the baking chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Use a fork to drizzle the chocolate in long thin lines across the bars.
  • Slice the bars to serve. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg