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White Chocolate Cherry Blondies Recipe for Brunch

Updated on September 8, 2013

National Brownies for Brunch Day

National brownies for brunch day is a revelation to me! I don't feel I need an excuse to eat dessert first (literally), but it was a great excuse to make my own brownie recipe as a challenge. Now, when I think of brownies I naturally think of chocolate. However, upon doing a search, brownies are really just dense cakes somewhere between a cake and a cookie that is cut into bars. Therefore, the famous blondies are technically brownies as well, just flavored with butterscotch instead of the standby chocolate. In an effort to marginally orient these blondies to brunch, I included a fruit. There, now you can tell people they're healthy!

So please come celebrate brownies for brunch day and whip up a batch of your own or try out my recipe and tell me what you think!

All photos were taken by me unless otherwise noted.

White Chocolate Cherry Blondies

To make this recipe you will need:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of tightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped white chocolate
  • 1/2 chopped fresh, pitted cherries (mine took about 15 cherries), use dried cherries if desired

Tools

  • Bowls
  • Whisk or spoons
  • 8x8 baking pan
  • Cherry pitting tool

Crispy Brownies

Baker's Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan
Baker's Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan

Now I am a fan of the middle brownies, but I have friends who like crispy edges who swear by this pan. I hear the trick to getting them out in one piece is to grease first and then let them completely cool before turning the pan over.

 

Baking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly 177 degrees Celsius). Pit cherries and roughly chop. Also chop white chocolate into pieces if not using chips.

Step 2

Melt butter and whisk together with sugar in a large bowl.

Step 3

Whisk in egg and vanilla.

Step 4

Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour.

Step 5

Stir in the white chocolate and cherries, or any other additions you like. Spread into an 8x8 inch pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool and cut.

Other Substitutions

Some other great ideas would be to use dried cherries or another fruit, some nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips... basically what I'm saying is you can chuck anything in. Fresh fruit takes a bit longer to cook, but just keep your eye on it and it will be fine. Let me know what you added down in the comments!

You can thank Simply Recipes for posting the basis for my blondies recipe!

How to pit cherries with a straw

For those of you who do not have a cherry pitter, there is still hope. It's a little more difficult on firm cherries, but it gets the job done with minimal work. Also, be aware that this can be messy work! Wear an apron or dark clothes.

First, start with your cherries and a straw. I'm using a reusable plastic straw which is much sturdier. Plus, bonus points for keeping it green!

Second, hold your cherry firmly and place the straw around the stem. If you've already removed the stems, don't worry. It will still work just fine.

Third, firmly but carefully push the straw through the cherry to remove the pit.

It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, but you should be on your way after a few. If you have a favorite method, let me know in the comments!

Cherry Pitters

OXO Good Grips Olive and Cherry Pitter, Black
OXO Good Grips Olive and Cherry Pitter, Black

This requires less effort and is probably a cleaner way to go. Also, it looks way more intimidating which is useful for any violent kitchen altercation.

 
RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Bent Drink Straws, Set of 4
RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Bent Drink Straws, Set of 4

However, if you want to have something that multi-tasks and can help you get even greener, try a reusable straw. Right now, I'm using plastic straws that I got from Starbucks, but these are on my wishlist for Christmas stocking stuffers. Stainless steel is easier to clean, more hygienic, and less likely to stain or pick up strange smells.

 
RSVP Cleaning Brushes for RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Straws, Set of 2
RSVP Cleaning Brushes for RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Straws, Set of 2

If you get reusable straws, don't forget the straw brush. There is no way to clean the center of the straws without them, because pipe cleaners won't do the trick - trust me on this one, they're not thick enough. Especially if you drink anything sugary or thick like a milkshake and don't wash it right away, the brush is necessary to get the gunk out of them.

 

Did you try the recipe? Do you have any tips for pitting cherries? Let me know these and anything else in the comments. Thank you for reading and make sure to share if you liked this lens!

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      Zdiddle 4 years ago

      @chardonnay1313: Great! Let me know how they turn out.

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      chardonnay1313 4 years ago

      I love Blondies and White Chocolate and Cherry. I will give this try.

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      Zdiddle 4 years ago

      @Dusty2 LM: Thanks, I loved your lens too. I'd never even heard of tomato marmalade but it sounds so good! I'll drop you a line when I get around to making it.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Recipe looks simple and tasty, I have always enjoyed cherries and white chocolate so both are pluses. I appreciate you sharing your recipe. Thank You for stopping by my Savory Tomato Marmalade Recipe lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it also. Hope you will give the recipe a try and enjoy the savory tomato marmalade. Bon Appetit!

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      Zdiddle 4 years ago

      @Mandy Stradley: I pretended that using fresh cherries made it healthier. You know, fruit... breakfast.

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      Wow! I love that it uses fresh cherries!

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      Zdiddle 4 years ago

      @favored: I heartily agree.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Cherries and white chocolate - it has to be good! :)

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      Zdiddle 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good luck on the Squidoo Food Club Quest for August

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      This sounds wonderful and it would be perfect for brunch!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      YUM! Great, easy to follow recipe!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Hey, that's a great tip (pitting a cherry with the straw). Nice! These brownies look fabulous. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      Looks delicious!

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      Zdiddle 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: I was hoping to get a better picture of the final product, but I was sort of in a rush to eat them! Guess I'll just have to make round 2!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Oh, my! I haven't tried the recipe (or pitting cherries) but your blondie brownies look amazing!

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      Zdiddle 4 years ago

      @tonyaalves3: Let me know how it goes!

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. Will try out