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December 22, 2014

Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies

Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies ~ Chewy Blondies with White Chocolate, Nuts and Cherries to celebrate the season - these are irresistible and you won't be able to stop at only one !

If I have to choose between brownies and blondies, I would most definitely always choose a blondie. Gulp... ! Did I just make any enemies? But first, try these Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies and then we can talk again, right ;-)

I have been craving for a sweet, chewy - but not too chewy! - treat for a couple of days now, and finally decided to whip up a batch of these Blondies, seeing as Cheri and Vince had also returned from their vacation the same day, and had dinner with us, it seemed like great timing.


Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies ~ Chewy Blondies with White Chocolate, Nuts and Cherries to celebrate the season - these are irresistible and you won't be able to stop at only one !

Dimitri is home during the week {mostly} and Cheri comes to visit for a day or two over the weekends. Now, that makes it quite difficult for me deciding when to go all out, not only with dinner, but also dessert and other sweet treats.

They do try to give me advance notice of their plans and whether they will be home for dinner, but every now and then their plans change and then Roy and I are sitting with food to feed an army, and no army to feed. Yes, I know, leftovers are sometimes even better the next day ...but ... the next day, I might have 4 - 6 mouths to feed and I never have that much leftover from the previous day.

Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies ~ Chewy Blondies with White Chocolate, Nuts and Cherries to celebrate the season - these are irresistible and you won't be able to stop at only one !

Anyhow, my point is, I now only make sweet treats if I know for certain that the kids will be home and these Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies are way too delicious to keep some for the next day. Without shame, I am telling you, Roy and I will finish the whole batch by ourselves ! And that's not a good idea, not at all !

So, what is so wonderful about these Blondies ? First ... White Chocolate ! And I just love Almond Slivers in a dessert {you can use Pecans if you prefer}, and of course the Cherries. If that does not sound convincing, yet,,, these Blondies are just chewy enough to be called chewy and the top is absolutely heavenly with the dots of Jam baked into the Blondies.

** Note: I ran out of Light Brown Sugar and had to use half Light and half Demerara, hence the darker color of my Blondies.

Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup Butter
2 1/2 cups Light Brown Sugar ** see note
2 cups Flour
1 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Salt
180g (6.5 oz) White Chocolate, chopped - good quality
3/4 cup Almond Slivers
3/4 cup Glace Cherries, chopped
3 Extra-Large Eggs
1/2 TB Vanilla
1/3 cup Cherry Jam/Jelly
1/4 cup White Chocolate, melted, to drizzle {optional}

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - line a 20 x 30 x 4cm oven dish with baking paper.
2.) Place the Butter and Sugar in a small saucepan - heat and stir until the Butter has melted - no need for the Sugar to dissolve - remove from heat and set aside.
3.) Sift together the Four, Baking Powder and Salt - stir in the Butter/Sugar mixture and mix {the mixture will be very lumpy}.
4.) Add the White Chocolate. Almonds and Cherries - stir through.
5.) Whisk together the Eggs and Vanilla - stir into the batter and mix until just combined - pour into the prepared oven dish.
6.) Place dollops of the Jam on top of the batter - bake 40 - 45 minutes or until done.
7.) Remove from oven, let cool completely in the pan.

Slice into bars and drizzle with White Chocolate {if using}.

Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies ~ Chewy Blondies with White Chocolate, Nuts and Cherries to celebrate the season - these are irresistible and you won't be able to stop at only one !


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12 comments:

  1. Wowza - I would have to pick brownies over blondies only by a slight margin, but we can still be friends! ;) These blondies sound absolutely delish, Linda! I can see why you and Roy would have no problem finishing them off by yourselves! :)

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  2. Yum, these sound amazing, I love cherries and almonds together! Blondies all the way for me :)

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  3. These look delicious! Can't wait to try them.

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  4. Your Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies sound amazing, Linda! What a lovely treat any time of the year! Thank you for sharing them with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  5. These look so good! The combination of almonds and cherries sounds very interesting and tasty!

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  6. Yummm! Thanks for linking up at Sunday Features!

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  7. Chocolate Almond and Cherry Blondies look like my kinda treat! Thank you for sharing another fab recipe on our #PureBlogLove link party!!!

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  8. Looks delicious chocolate and cheery blondies looks perfect. thanks for sharing sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with our special edition of Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are enjoying your holidays and look forward to seeing you soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. This looks amazing! Keep posting stuff like this, it always looks incredible! I am making this ASAP! Thanks!

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