Swedish Berries happens to be Hubby's favourite candy. Since Hubby is starting his week vacation today, I decided to incorporate his favourite candy, into a dessert, for us to enjoy. I went with a blondie, because I figured they would compliment the flavour of the candy, without over shadowing it, or the candy over powering the dessert. My Mom made blondies, quite often while we were growing up; but we called them butterscotch brownies. They are super simple to make, you can make a thousand varieties and they are super yummy!!
The smell of these cooking, will drive you crazy. Especially if you are a sugar junkie like me. You can smell the butter, the brown sugar and the sweet candy. HEAVEN!!! These are chewy and they remind me of gumdrop cake, that I've had before at Christmas time. I love how pretty these are and I decided to top them with a beautiful white chocolate cream cheese frosting drizzle. Stunning!!
Swedish Berry Blondiesprintable version
4 Tbs white chocolate Philly cream cheese
3 Tbs butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder (optional, creates lighter blondie texture)
1/2 C Swedish Berries, cut in half
1 Tbs flour
Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with non stick cooking spray.
In a large microwave safe mixing bowl melt the butter; cool for 5 mintues. Stir in the cream cheese, until well combined. Mix in the brown sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in egg and almond extract. In a seperate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder (if using). Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients; combine well. Combine candy with 1 Tbs flour and fold them into the batter.
Pour into prepared pan and use a greased spatula to evenly spread mixture in pan and level the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set in the middle. Cool completely on rack before cutting.
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 C white chocolate Philly Cream Cheese
2 Tbs butter, softened
1 C powdered sugar
splash of milk
Mix until well combined. Pour frosting into a large zip top bag, snip a small whole in one end and drizzle over cooled brownies. Top with additional candy, if desired.
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