Everyone loves a good blondie – especially when made patriotic with blueberries, cranberries, and white chocolate! An easy make-ahead treat for any BBQ (or to sneak a couple while everyone else is watching fireworks).
One of my favorite things about being a food blogger is coming up with fun recipes for holidays that are happening around the corner! Like these heart-shaped poptarts for Valentines Day or these flourless macaroons for Passover. Granted, in the food world, there is honestly a holiday every day that you can celebrate. Let’s see what we’re celebrating this week! Well we have everything from Monday being National Onion Rings Day to Wednesday being National Pralines Day and yummm Friday is National Strawberry Parfait day. So I guess there is something I could always be creating recipes for..but the well-known holidays are the most fun because that usually means a PARTY or potluck of some sort! Now while I am passionately dedicated to making healthy recipes for this blog – food that I eat – let’s be clear here. These are not a health food. They are patriotic and full of BUTTER and super easy to whip up before any sort of upcoming Independence Day soiree.
I have yet to form my 4th of July traditions yet. Last year I was in LA with my parents at Eric’s place for a BBQ and fireworks…the year before we were biking around Seattle…the year before that I was in also in LA with my parents…the year before that I was in DC perhaps…and several years in a row I was on some kind of summer vacation abroad. I love so much about this holiday, so I hope to form more traditions around it as I get older. This year we are going to be in New York City visiting my little brother who is interning there! I know most folks “escape the city” during the summer, so the Nemzer clan will be taking it by storm. While we’re on this topic – any restaurant recommendations for NYC?
So back to the patriotic blondies. There are so many recipes out there on the interwebs for “red, white, and blue” fruit kabobs and I really wanted to do something more creative. The blondie batter is very standard – brown sugar, flour (use 1-1 gluten free if needed), eggs, etc. Fresh blueberries are added for a pop-in-your-mouth sweetness and juiciness, dried cranberries provide great tangy flavor and texture, and the white chocolate provides a necessary creaminess. The batter will be very thick and you will have to move it around your 8×8 baking pan to make sure all areas are covered. It may seem like not enough batter, but they will rise a bit in the oven and get to be the perfect height. After removing from the oven, they will almost look not done yet. That’s ok! Let them cool, and then pop them in the fridge until you’re ready to cut and serve. Hardening them up as much as possible will make them easier to cut. Bring to room temp before serving!
Hope you find a way to fit these into your 4th of July traditions – I know I will!
- 1½ cups packed brown sugar
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cups flour (use 1-1 gluten free blend if gluten free)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease or line a 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except the blueberries, raspberries, and white chocolate chips until well blended. You can also use a blender or a food processor to do this for you
- Fold in the blueberries and white chocolate chips
- Slowly fold in the raspberries - these will break easily so be gentle!
- Pour batter into the baking pan
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes
- Remove from oven - they will still be very soft
- Let cool completely before cutting (very important!!)
- Store in the fridge
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