Cherry Chocolate Blondies

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Blondies are one of those desserts that are perfect when you have random mix-in type ingredients in your pantry.  Personally, I love the combination of cherry and chocolate in almost any form, and I just happened to have both in my pantry needing to be used up.  The addition of coconut to these was a perfect way to round out the flavor, although I would consider adding a bit of coconut extract next time to emphasize that more.  Honestly the only issue I have with this recipe is that I really would not call these “blondies” per se.  They are much more like muffins or cupcakes without frosting, but they do not resemble any blondie or bar cookie I have ever had in shape or texture.  But whatever you call them, they are a nice way to use up some ingredients and fulfill a craving for something sweet but not too sweet.  Yum!

Cherry Chocolate Blondies

Yield: approx. 14 blondies

 

Ingredients:

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

1 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped

1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

¾ tsp. salt

9 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line a standard-size muffin tins with paper liners. 

 

Stir together the coconut, chocolate chips, and dried cherries together in a small bowl.  Set aside.  In another small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.  Reduce the speed to low and gradually mix in the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl until combined.  Stir in 1 cup of the coconut mixture by hand.

 

Using a standard-size scoop, divide batter evenly between muffin cups.  Sprinkle remaining coconut mixture on tops.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs, but is not wet, 20-25 minutes.

Source: adapted from Apple A Day

5 Responses

  1. What a great combo all packaged up! Love chocolate and cherry together too!

  2. I’m glad you liked these, Annie. I agree that they aren’t typical blondie texture, but they’re so tasty it just doesn’t matter much!

  3. I love blondies! Never had them with cherries before. Can’t wait to try these!

  4. I just made blondies recently, and I never thought of making them in muffin cups! Like Maria, I’ve never had them with cherries before either, so thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂 Hope to give them a try the next time!

  5. Yum! These look DELICIOUS! 😀

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