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White Chocolate Pumpkin Blondies

Wow I almost forgot to post these! And that my friends, would have been a sin. You see, these are marvelous.. magically delicious, and totally wonderful, all rolled into one. The white chocolate flavor is much more subtle than many recipes that call for it. It compliments, but doesn’t overwhelm, so even the white chocolate snubbers will enjoy it.

Again, this marvelous cookbook, 400 Sensational Cookies by Linda Amendt, has proved to be a guarded addition to my kitchen. This is the third recipe I have made from it, each one equally enjoyable! The other two were the Cranberry Orange Spirals and the Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookies. In fact, today I will be making the dough for the CC Espresso Cookies and will keep it in the fridge for tomorrow when my dad visits. I may even freeze a tray of them and try them straight from freezer to oven.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Amanda’s Notes

1) First off, I don’t have a 9″x9″ baking pan. I have an 8″x8″ and a 13″x9″. I opted for the 8″x8″, reduced the temperature to 240 F and baked for 42 minutes. Worked perfectly. Other than that, I didn’t make any other changes. Whenever you use a smaller pan than called for in a recipe, reduce the temp 5-10 degrees and increase the baking time, checking them at the recommended time frame and increasing from there.

2) You won’t need a mixer for this, in fact I recommend NOT using one. This comes together very easily with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Using a mixer would most likely over beat the ingredients, leaving less than desirable results.

3) When melting butter, I recommend using the microwave, but do it for short intervals (15-20 seconds) on 50% power. When most of the butter has melted, remove it from the microwave and stir until any unmelted pieces blend in. Add another 5-10 seconds, again at 50% power, if needed. This way your butter won’t be too hot and it won’t come to a boil.

4) Oh, and I gave a little taste to my neighbor across the street. She emailed me later than night saying that she and her husband loved them. She also said they reminded her of something that her mother used to make. :)

5) Mine were like a cake. That could have been because of the size of my pan. Either way, they were fabulous! :)

White Chocolate Pumpkin Blondies

[printable version]

Blondies
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup solid pack pumpkin (puree) (I used the pumpkin puree from my freezer that I made this fall)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips (I used the chips)
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Frosting
5 oz white chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioner’s (powdered/icing) sugar
2 tbsp finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, grease or spray the foil.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

Don’t use a mixer, do this by hand. In a large bowl, use a wire whisk to lightly beat the eggs. Add the pumpkin and stir until well combined. Add brown sugar and stir until well blended. Stir in melted butter and vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture, stirring just until blended. Fold in the white chocolate and the pecans. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Let cool completely in baking pan on a wire rack.

Frosting

In a large microwave safe bowl, heat white chocolate and cream in the microwave at 70% power for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. If necessary, heat at 50% power for 10 seconds at a time, stirring between each heating, just until chocolate is melted. Do not overheat. Cool for 5 minutes.

In mixer bowl with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides, then add the cooled white chocolate mixture and beat until smooth and creamy. Spread frosting over the cooled blondies, then sprinkle the pecans over the top. Chill, still in the pan, for at least an hour before cutting.

Using the foil, life chilled blondies from the pan and place on a cutting board. Cut into 1 1/2″ squares.

Me

16 Responses to White Chocolate Pumpkin Blondies

  1. 1
    Dawn says:

    that sounds good! I need to print this one.

  2. 2
    Karen says:

    Looks delicious… a nice treat to give to neighbors :)

  3. 3
    TeaLady says:

    UUUMMMM!!! These will definitely be on my list AFTER the holidays.

  4. 4
    Kitchen Flavours says:

    Look extremely delectable…love the makeover of the blog…..

  5. 5
    Tia says:

    thx for the cookbook reccommedadion! i'll have 2 check out this new cookie book soon!

  6. 6
    Pam says:

    Scrumptious!

    Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

  7. 7
    Katrina says:

    Anything with pumpkin seems to make things more cakey. That said, they look delicious. And any blondie with frosting gets my vote!

  8. 8
    tastyeatsathome says:

    These look amazing, Amanda! Yum!

  9. 9
    Amanda says:

    Thanks everyone, they are (were!) fabulous :)

  10. 10
    natalie says:

    Simply delicious! Wow I cant decide what to bake next. Everything in your blog is awesome and tummy :)

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    Ingrid says:

    By your title I didn't realize they had pumpkin in them too. What a lovely surprise. I think the pumpkin pulls all the flavors together and frosting makes everything better! :)
    ~ingrid

  12. 12
    Amanda says:

    Thanks Natalie!! ;)

    Ingrid – Ack! Thank you, the title was wrong! I have corrected it :)

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