Cherry Cream Cheese Blondies. A delicious blondie base with fresh cherries baked into the batter, topped with a luscious, cherry cream cheese frosting.
My kids are very, very fond of a good Blondie. We have made several versions over the years, including a version with glacé candied cherries.
Since we had some ripe fresh cherries on hand, which the kids also love, I decided to try them in a new variation. This new version also includes more chopped cherries in a luscious cream cheese frosting for a very pretty finishing touch.
We froze some of these quite successfully too, so no doubt these awesomely delicious blondies will be making it to my Christmas freezer list this year as well.
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- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped fresh cherries cut in quarters
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups icing sugar powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp milk; only enough to bring the frosting to a very thick but spreadable consistency.
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cherries
Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt & baking soda and set aside.
Melt the butter over low heat.
Stir in the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pinch the mixture between your fingers to make sure that you cannot feel any sugar granules.
Gradually mix in dry ingredients and then fold in the chopped cherries.
Spread the batter into a greased or parchment lined 9x9 baking pan.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F (325 F for glass bakeware) or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Cool completely before frosting.
Mix all the ingredients together and beat very well until smooth and fluffy. Add the milk last to get the frosting to the right consistency.
Finally fold in thee chopped cherries.
Spread evenly on top of the cooled blondies before cutting into squares or bars.
Note. You can also make these with frozen cherries when not in season or try using maraschino cherries instead.
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