White Chocolate Blondies with Cranberries, Pecans and Candied Ginger

 

I feel like Target introducing Christmas before Thanksgiving with these pretty white chocolate blondies with cranberries, pecans and candied ginger but it’s Chocolate Party time and the theme for this month is chocolate baked with cranberries.  The first week of November is time to at least start thinking about if not planning our holiday baking projects and I think these festive  bar cookies might fit in nicely with our plans.  I thought of Target because that is where I picked up my latest stash of chocolate for baking and they have a pretty good selection.  The Classic Recipe Lindt White Chocolate bars work well in this bar cookie recipe.  I did a white chocolate taste test and prefered the Lindt white chocolate to the Ghiradelli.  I also picked up several bars of the Ghiradelli 60% Bittersweet Chocolate which is one of my favorite chocolate for baking.  Although I think the taste of the chocolate changes slightly when you bake with it, you probably don’t want to start with a chocolate that doesn’t taste good to you.  Target also carries many flavors of Ghiradelli chocolate chips as well as a variety of candy that’s fun to bake with..let me also add a small warning..don’t shop for these baking items around lunch time on an empty stomach which may lead to an oversupply in your baking pantry!  I’ve always heard that a healthy eater avoids the middle of the market and shops the perimeter, the produce, the meat and seafood..but it’s fun to shop those candy aisles buried deep in the middle of the store, we just won’t make a habit of it!

White Chocolate Blondies with Cranberries, Pecans and Candied Ginger

Yield: 24 bar cookies

Gently adapted from Better Homes and Gardens-Christmas Cookies 2012.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Classic Recipe Lindt white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1&3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped-plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 4 tablespoons lightly chopped crystallized ginger
  • For the Drizzle
  • 4 ounces Classic Recipe Lindt white chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon all vegetable shortening, I use Spectrum Organic

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 13x9x2 pan with foil, extending over the sides. Spray with baking spray, set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan over a low heat, melt the white chocolate-gently stirring until melted and smooth.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the butter, stir until melted, let cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs and sugar to the melted chocolate mixture, whisking until smooth.
  6. Gradually add in the flour, stirring until well mixed, add the vanilla.
  7. Fold in the nuts, cranberries and 2 tablespoons of the ginger.
  8. The batter will be thick, spread it evenly in the prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until light brown on top and the sides are pulling away form the pan.
  10. Cool on a metal rack.
  11. For the Drizzle
  12. In a small saucepan over low heat melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring until smooth.
  13. Drizzle the mixture over the uncut cooled bars.
  14. Sprinkle with the remaining ginger and if desired the extra chopped cranberries.
  15. Using the foil, lift the bars out of the pan and onto a cutting board, cut into 24 bars.
  16. Store between layers of waxed paper for up to 3 days or freeze for 3 months.
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  1. These blondies are so beautiful, Patty! Perfect for the Chocolate Party!

  2. I used exactly the same ingredients, but in cookie form! I know I’ll love your bars! Beautifully done, Patty!

  3. Oh Patty, these look incredible! Love all the flavors in these bars, they are perfect for the holidays!

  4. These are gorgeous, Patty, love the combo of flavors! I’m partial to blondies – my mother used to always make them. I can’t get over how perfectly square they are!

  5. These are beautiful and very tasty looking blondies, Patty! What a great dessert to nosh on this fall. I bet these would especially delish with a hot cup of tea…

  6. I not quite at Target’s holiday mentality just yet, but these bars are definitely putting me into a cosy, wintry mood! Yum!!

  7. I can sense that the holidays are around the corner! These blondies are simply perfect for the fall and holiday season. Love your photos!!!!

  8. Patty these look pretty and so good. I do love me some cranberries and they go so well with white chocolate, the candied ginger is a great addition to add some fresh zing.

  9. I’ve visited quite a few chocolate party participants in our circle of talented food bloggers – and yours is one of the most beautiful treats I’ve seen. This one has my name written all over it. I wish I had a piece of this with me. But I don’t…so I’ll just dream about it. Once again.

  10. Ooooh, these look much prettier than the bars I made and I LOVE the addition of the candied ginger! I can’t wait to make these for upcoming holiday parties.

  11. Oh boy, everyone is making such a great treat for the chocolate party! It’s like a perfect dessert table there. I love the last photo where crystallized gingers are like jewels. :)

  12. Patty, these bars and pics are wonderful, so pretty! And the flavors are just so great together, especially the kick from the ginger, love that detail!

  13. These blondie bars look so pretty and delicious with Lindt chocolate!

  14. absolutely lovely!! that white chocolate and cranberry combination is haunting me!! thats the 4th post in a week someone’s used the same combination.. i need to try the combi to see the magic for myself!!

  15. Oooh, holiday blondies! Gorgeous dessert, Patty!

  16. These blondies look so Christmas-y Patty. I love the addition of candied ginger.
    Thanks for joining the party again this month.

  17. Hmm, I always enjoy cranberry and chocolate together and your blondies are making my mouth water! I need to make something so I can add my Linky :)

  18. Patty, those blondies are gorgeous and the candied ginger is such a nice touch! I’d love a few right now with my afternoon coffee!

  19. Wow Patty, these look awesome, like that way they look and the description is to die for…this is perfect to share in a party…love it!
    Thanks for the recipe and have a great week :)

  20. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I think that they introduce it in October over here;)These are very fall to me and also just lovely. All the flavors I love in a blondie:)

  21. It’s never too early for Christmas! These bars are gorgeous and it would be a shame to wait so long to share them. :)

  22. They do look like Christmas on a cookie. Lovely!

  23. These blondes are beautiful, and look like the perfect christmas treat!

  24. It’s not too early for these bars, Christmas I can wait for. It will come too fast. Love that you used the candied ginger in these, I’ll take two please.
    -GIna-

  25. Patty, this is gorgeous! I get upset when stores start decorating for Christmas before Halloween is over but Baking and collecting recipes is completely different, It can be July and I’m planning all the Christmas food, and Thanksgiving too for that matter. It’s never too early especially when it’s something so decadent and full of flavor. I love the white chocolate and cranberries, can’t wait to try this!

  26. Patty, I love, love, your White Chocolate Blondies! It is so perfect for Christmas with the white chocolate and the glaze, the dried cranberries that look like little ‘ruby jewels’. and of course the candied ginger, which I always have on hand…bookmarking it for the holidays!

  27. Well these look habit forming for sure…beautiful!

  28. wow! what an explosion of delightful flavors :D
    candied ginger was a great addition!

  29. OH MY! These look awesome. I love blondies, these need to be made this year for the holidays.

  30. Hi Patty,
    These looks so pretty and delicious. I love cranberries and don’t eat them enough. Thanks for being a part of the YBR, have a great week! :)

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