Cranberry Blondie Bars

with Madagascar Vanilla
cranberry cookie bars and a bottle of vanilla extract
Prep Time: 
25 minutes, plus 1 hour 40 mins cooling time
Number of Servings: 
Makes 24 triangle or 12 square bars
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Blondie Layer

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 12 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 12 cup cane sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Simply Organic Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 12 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh orange zest


  • 12 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, melted


Blondie Layer

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add butter, brown sugar and cane sugar. Mix to combine, then mix in eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, add flour, baking soda and salt, stirring to combine. Add half the dry ingredients, mix to combine, add remaining dry ingredients and mix again. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks. Do not over-mix.
  4. Line a 13-x-9-inch pan with parchment paper; transfer batter into pan and spread evenly.
  5. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until edges are golden but before center is firmly set.*
  6. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter together until fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add orange zest and stir to combine.
  2. Once bars are fully cooled, spread an even layer of frosting on top. Sprinkle with dried cranberries and drizzle with melted chocolate. Allow 1 hour for frosting to set.
  3. Cut the bars into your desired shape! Square or triangle.


  • *While you may be tempted to do this, don’t overbake the blondie layer. It will continue baking after you’ve removed it from the oven. To enjoy that iconic, chewy center of a blondie, you must take it out before it’s completely set.


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