12 Days of Cookies: Day 8

Posted on December 19, 2013

12 Days of Cookies

 

 

DAY 8
HOLIDAY BLONDIES

 

 

A twist on a classic, it’s fruitcake in a bar.

  • 2/3 cup  butter, softened
  • 2 cups  packed brown sugar
  • 2 large  eggs
  • 1 tablespoon  cherry brandy or cherry juice (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons  vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 2 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup  chopped walnuts, toasted*
  • 3/4 cup  chopped white or dark sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup  coarsely chopped candied cherries

1.Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13×9-inch baking pan.

2.In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium speed 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until well-combined. Beat in eggs, brandy, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Add flour; beat just until blended. Stir in nuts, chocolate, and cherries. Spread in prepared pan.

3.Bake 30 minutes or until golden. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut in bars. Makes 24 bars.