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Cherry Miscellaneous Bar {Blondie Brownie}

If I had my way, I’d call this the Cherry-Chocolate-Chip- Cream-Cheese-Cookie-Dough-Blondie-Brownie-Bar. That’s pretty much a summary of what’s in the Cherry Miscellaneous Bar. All that, and a ball of crumbs. Well I guess I can’t say cookie dough AND blondie, because those are the same thing, just one is cooked and the other is raw dough.

Cherry Miscellaneous Bar {Blondie Brownie}

But before we do that, it’s the 10th blog hop today! Though this month is dedicated to Decorating with Pictures and double daily giveaways, I’ve got the 10th reserved each month for this fun blog hop around a theme, so I’m squeezing it in! 

This month’s theme is RED. There are so many fun projects to choose from- recipes, decor, and so much more! I’d love for you to pin the collage below, and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of my friends.

red projects

 

1. ‘Or so she says…‘ sharing Chocolate Cherry Cream Pie
2. Lolly Jane sharing Rustic Love Wood Barn Sign
3. Your Homebased Mom sharing Red Raspberry Pavlova
4. Eighteen 25 sharing Framed Burlap Heart
5. Landeelu sharing Valentine’s Day Surprise Envelopes
6. Little Miss Momma sharing DIY Glitter Mason Jars
7. Capturing Joy sharing Cherry Cookie Dough Blondie Bar
8. Thirty Handmade Days sharing Close to My Heart Gift Idea
9. Simply Kierste sharing Newspaper Heart Blocks
10. Six Sisters’ Stuff sharing Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cookies

Oh my goodness, each month, I get so giddy when I see the collage put together of all of the great projects! I hope you take a chance to go check them out!

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Back to my red treat.

This bar has so many layers, I didn’t know what to call it. You see, I made it up. I invented it. I’m sure that no one else in this world thought of such a concoction. Food bloggers are probably wondering why they didn’t think of this. Well, maybe someone did already and I just don’t know about it.  I decided on miscellaneous to describe the insides, because the literal definition is “items of various types from different sources.” Sounds about right.  But you can call it what you want. I also like Cherry Blondie Brownie.

Cherry Blondie Brownie Bar

I was so excited about the layers I had dreamed up for this bar. Excited to mix a blondie and a brownie together, Excited to throw in the cream cheese mixture that I love so much from my cream cheese cupcakes. I mentioned my idea to my food savvy friend, Juliet, (she was on the Master Chef) and she was like, “why don’t you simply it and just do the blondie.” But oh no, I had a vision. A multi-layered vision.

It was everything that I dreamed.

Here is a visual step by step of the process:

Cherry Blondie Brownie

Being that it has layers, the prep time is a bit longer than more treats, but I promise, its worth it! Layers go like this: Brownie batter. Blondie batter dropped on top (cookie dough), cream cheese mixture drizzled, the chopped cherries. YUM!  I got the cream cheese mixture from my favorite Cream Cheese Cupcakes.

If you’d like you can use any brownie recipe (even from the box) and any basic cookie dough recipe, but here is the recipe I used:

Cherry Miscellaneous Bar {Blondie Brownie}
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • Brownie Base Layer:
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅔ cup butter, melted & divided (1/3 cup + ⅓ cup)
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1⅓ cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Blondie Layer:
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted room temp. butter
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Cream Cheese Drizzle:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (or more) cherries, chopped
Instructions
  1. Brownie Base Layer:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  3. Measure tin foil in 9x13 pan, grease, and set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cocoa and baking soda.
  5. Stir in ⅓ cup of the melted butter until smooth.
  6. Stir in the boiling water until the mixture is smooth and thick.
  7. Stir in the sugar and eggs with the remaining ⅓ cup melted butter.
  8. Stir in the vanilla and salt until just smooth.
  9. Dump in the flour and chocolate chips at the same time, and stir until just combined.
  10. Spread the batter into baking dish.
  11. Blondie Layer:
  12. Cream your butter and sugars.
  13. Add egg and vanilla beating to combine.
  14. Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt then chocolate chips, mixing until combined.
  15. Drop clumps of dough on top of the brownie mixture.
  16. Drizzle Cream cheese layer over the top.
  17. Strategically placed chopped cherries all over the top
  18. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or more, checking so it doesn't overcook.
  19. ENJOY!

Give it a try, and you’ll be in heaven like I was. I actually let them sit out for an hour to cool, then put them in the fridge to chill. I love my treats cold, and the texture and delight from all of the mixtures was that much more evident when cold.  It also allows for a more smooth cut when they have chilled properly.

cherry brownie

If you like the idea of these treats, you might also enjoy:

Cream Cheese Cupcakes

cream-cheese-chocolate-chip-cupcakes

Rocky Road Fudge Bars

Rocky-Road-Fudge-Bar

Caramel Crunch Blondie and the Great COOKIE SWAP

I signed up to participate in a blogger cookie swap, and was excited to try out a recipe I’d had in my head for a while. Can one consider a blondie a cookie? In this case, I did. I had seen recipes for sweets including potato chips, and I love salty pretzels in my treats, so why not include one of my most favorite crunchy treats–Caramel Bugles? These things are a slice of crunchy heaven, I tell ya. I first discovered them last March when my mom brought them along on our Disney World road trip adventure. So I thought I’d throw them into a blondie recipe. I got the base of the  bar from my friend Joceyln’s site, Inside BruCrew Life, from her Congo Bars. I made them once before, and they were so moist and delicious. But I had a little mishap the day I made these, and they got SLIGHTLY overcooked. I wouldn’t even share these today if I didn’t HAVE to on account of the cookie swap and my promise to share, so look at Jocelyn’s recipe above if you want to know how moist they are SUPPOSED to be!

Caramel Crunch Blondies

But I did like the overall flavor using crushed up caramel bugles, caramel bits, and sweetened condensed milk to a cookie base. I just layered it all on there like so:… Continue Reading

37 delicious White Chocolate recipes

I have a slight obsession with white chocolate these days. It’s seemingly come out of nowhere, and I find myself buying a bag of white chocolate chips each time I go to the grocery story because I’ve used a bag in the past week. I find a handful of white chips to be an enjoyable snack in the afternoon, especially paired with a handful of craisins as well. I have scoured the web and found the most mouth watering recipes, a lot of these I’ve made myself…the rest, I have big plans to make them soon!

I decided to conduct a little taste test with my hubby to see which white chocolate chip brand he likes best (because they all taste the same to me) and I was surprised with the results! I’ve always heard that Ghirardelli chocolate is the best, and well, the packaging is shiny and pretty, so I generally purchase that brand. My hubby (from San Fransisco where Ghirardelli is made) placed this particular chocolate in THIRD place! He said it was chalky.  Second place came Hershey’s, and first place was NESTLE! I really should just buy whatever is cheapest…do you have a preference?

I didn’t realize there is a big difference between pure white chocolate and vanilla almond bark that I often use in some baking such as dipping chocolate.  Wikipedia told me they are actually made from inexpensive solid or hydrogenated vegetable and animal fats, and are not even made from cocoa. This coating  is white (in contrast to white chocolate’s ivory shade) and will lack cocoa butter’s flavor. 

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I’ve found myself searching my favorite blogs to see if they have a recipe with white chocolate chips, and have seen a few while browsing on pinterest. I thought I’d do a little gathering of the white chocolate recipes that look the most delicious to me that I’d like to try. I was surprised that a lot of these DIDN’T come up in a pinterest search for “white chocolate chips” so I thought this might be helpful for those others that love white chocolate chips as well. In this collection, I’ve found quite a few differenent “blondie” bar recipes, pancakes, cookies, fudge, cheesecake, rice krispies, and a dip. Enjoy some eye candy for now (until you get to baking)!

 White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Blondies by Handle the Heat via The Cookie Dough Lovers Cookbook {I’ve made this twice–amazing! Also have the awesome cookbook}

White Chocolate and Raspberry Bundt Cake by Your Homebased Mom

White Chocolate Confetti Cookie Pie by Simply Scratch

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins by The Idea Room

White Chocolate and Toffee Blondies by Your Homebased Mom

Pumpkin Blondies by Inspired by Charm

White Chocolate S’mores Gooey Cake Bars by Picky-Palate

White Chocolate Pudding by Good Life Eats

Avalanche Bars by Cookies and Cups

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke {Made these SO many times, my fave cookie!}

Raspberry White Chocolate Pecan Breakfast Cake by A Kitchen Addiction

Pina Colada White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies by Averie Cooks

White Chocolate Brownies by Cookies and Cups

 

White Chocolate Cheesecake Dip by Crazy for Crust

White Chocolate Fruit Pizza by Culinary Covers

White Chocolate Rice Krispie Bars by Daydreamer Desserts

Pringles Nutty Bark by Tidy Mom

Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes with White Chocolate Creme Anglaise by Desserts for Breakfast

White Chocolate Popcorn by Eat Food 4 Life {This uses real white chocolate, not melting chocolates}

 Pomegranate White Chocolate Pancakes by Eat Skinny Be Skinny

White Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies by I heart Naptime

 White Chocolate Coconut Pancakes by How Sweet It Is

 White Chocolate Butter Bars by Cookies and Cups

White Chocolate and Blueberry Waffles by Inspired by Charm

White Chocolate Lava Cookie Cups by Lil Luna

 White Chocolate Magic Cookie Bars by Love from the Oven

Lime Coconut White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies by Our Best Bites {Made these–DELISH!}

Gooey White Chocolate Fluffernutter Cake Bars by Picky-Palette

White Chocolate & Raspberry French Toast by Raspberri Cupcakes

 White Chocolate Chip Mango Banana Bread by Sally’s Baking Addiction {I’ve made this, it’s heavenly!}

White Chocolate Cake Batter Fudge by Six Sisters Stuff

Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars by Picky Palette

Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake by Your Lighter Side

White Chocolate Brownies by Tartelette

 Almond Cheesecake Pudding Cookies by Chef in Training

Snickerdoodle Blondies by Life as a Lofthouse {made these twice–LOVE!}

Orange Creamsicle Cookie by The Girl Who Ate Everything

 

What is your preferred white chocolate brand?!? Which one of these looks most delicious to you?!? Feel free to name more than one;) Don’t make them all in one day…spread it out, my friends!

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