Sourdough Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies

Sourdough Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies

It’s that time again! Time for another month of Sourdough Surprises! This month we are featuring brownies and blondies made with your sourdough starter! The possibilities are pretty much endless here – you can throw practically any ingredients together and make a yummy, cakey, delicious treat! These turned out so well, I loved how soft and cakey they were. The cranberries and the yummy cream cheese frosting… Seriously, these are almost cake and not blondie!

Sourdough Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies

While I was making these delightful treats I was contemplating the difference between bars and blondies, trying to figure out which category these would fall into. And I decided that blondies typically are a one layer cakey softness (like brownies but without chocolate) and bars typically have a bit more density to them and often have more than one layer.

Sourdough Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies

Sourdough Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies

by The Gingered Whisk
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: dessert cranberry sourdough white chocolate bar
Ingredients (8×8 pan)


    • 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 cup sourdough starter
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

    Cream Cheese Frosting

    • 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 TBSP orange zest
    • 6 ounces white chocolate chips (or almond bark)
    • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


    Preheat the oven to 350F.
    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
    In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar.
    Whisk in the sourdough starter until you don’t see any of the starter.
    Whisk in the egg and vanilla.
    Fold in the dry ingredients.
    Fold in the cranberries.
    Bake in a greased 8×8 pan for 25-30 minutes.
    Cool completely.

    Cream Cheese Frosting

    Whip together the cream cheese, zest, powdered sugar and milk until well blended.
    Pour over the cool bars and smooth.
    Sprinkle the dried cranberries on top.
    Melt the white chocolate chips (or almond bark) and drizzle on top.
    Cut the bars while the white chocolate is still soft and enjoy!!
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    May 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    These sound so good – what a great use for sourdough!

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    May 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Yum! I love your photos – soft, golden base, creamy topping, cranberries winking like jewels. Beautiful.

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    Jessica Kuligowski
    May 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Blondies, bars or cakes, they look wonderful! Nice job!

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    May 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I'm having trouble with your link. Only photos and no words or recipe. But I love the idea of white chocolate and cranberries! A deadly combo!

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    May 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Oh these sound heavenly Jenni.
    I often wonder about the classifications of certain recipes, it is not always that easy.
    It was great fun baking with you guys this month and I can't wait for the next theme
    Thank you for the welcome message on my blog

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    May 20, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Wow, these look awesome! I've never made blondies – i think that needs to change 😉

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    May 20, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I think I could eat that frosting on its own. It looks so delicious! And the cranberry-white chocolate combination sounds like a winner! Have to try that.

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    Robyn Fuoco
    May 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    These look beyond delicious! Cranberry and white chocolate and cream cheese equals irresistible!!

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    Lynn Huntley
    May 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    This recipe is great! I always forget about Blondies! Cranberry, white chocolate, and cream cheese..there really isn't anything in this recipe NOT to like:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    Rebecca -
    May 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Mmmmn! Your blondies look great! I wonder if peanut butter blondies would work too?

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    May 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    They are a work of art, Jenni! Just gorgeous.

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    June 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    These sound absolutely divine!

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    December 10, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    What size pan did you use?

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      December 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Hi Beth! Use an 8×8 pan (thanks for letting me know I forgot to include that – mommy brain strikes again! 🙂 )

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