Cranberry Orange Zest Blondies Recipe – A Holiday Version of Brownies

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White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

One of the best flavor combos ever is orange and cranberry.

I came across this recipe in my assigned blog for the Secret Recipe Club this month, Life’s Simple Measures. Jess is coming up on her first year anniversary of blogging, and I must say she if off to a fabulous start! Her numerous cranberry recipes in the last few weeks alone show just how passionate about food blogging she is.

I chose her White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies recipe, and I just tweaked it a bit. I added 2 teaspoons of orange zest to the batter and I left off the frosting – Hey! I am on sugar overload ~ isn’t everyone right now?!  They don’t need it – they are already are moist and delicious, without the extra layer of sugar.

Santa just might get lucky this year -I’m switching up the cookies with these holiday blondies!

— posted by Donna

Check out the other fabulous secret recipes this month:


3/4 c. butter, cubed
1-1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
2-1/4 c. all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. dried cherry-flavored cranberries
6 oz. white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
6 oz. white baking chocolate, melted
1/2 c. dried cherry-flavored cranberries, chopped
1.  Heat oven to 350°F.  Grease a 13×9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.  For the bars, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.  Whisk in light brown sugar and let cool to room temperature.
2.  Whisk in eggs and vanilla extract.
3.  Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture.
4.  Stir in cranberries and chopped white chocolate (batter will be thick).
5.  Spread the batter into prepared pan.  Bake 18 to 21 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (do not over bake).  Let cool.
6.  For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange peel (if using) until blended.  Gradually add in half of the melted white chocolate and beat until blended.


  1. says

    Orange and cranberry go so well together, nice touch. I agree about leaving the frosting off, but I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Nice change from cookies for sure.

  2. says

    Donna, I am so happy to have found your site through the SRC, and am very excited to try your wonderful recipes.
    Great post – I’ve always loved the flavor combination of cranberries and oranges. Can’t wait to make these!!

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