Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Blondies

Christmas Blondies

Makes about 24 bars.

Deliciously dense, chewy, and fragrant. What a great new addition to my holiday collection!
Find the candied cherries with the fruitcake supplies, usually in your grocer's produce section.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens magazine, December 2009

2/3 c. butter, softened
2 c. packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 T. cherry brandy or cherry juice
1-1/2 t. baking powder
2 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
2-1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. chopped toasted walnuts, optional (I omitted)
3/4 c. chopped white or dark sweet chocolate (I used white chips)
1/2 c. coarsely chopped candied cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13x9 baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until well-combined. Beat in eggs, brandy, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Add flour; beat until just blended. Stir in nuts, chocolate, and cherries. Spread in prepared pan (batter will be thick and sticky).

Bake 30 minutes or until golden. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

A Note From The Little Lady: If you are including the toasted walnuts, spread nuts in a baking pan. Toast in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes.

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