Cherry Chocolate Blondies

Our Cherry Chocolate Granola and caramelized butter are the magic ingredients in these rich treats! We also used unrefined stone ground Taza Deliciously Dark Chocolate in this recipe for a seriously indulgent chocolatey kick.

Makes 9 nice-sized squares, or 12 smaller two-bite treats

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

14 tbsp butter, salted, divided

½ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup dark brown sugar

½ tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1 ½ cups plus 2 tbsp Michele’s Cherry Chocolate Granola, lightly crumbled

2 bars (each 2.5oz), Taza Chocolate 70% Deliciously Dark Chocolate Bar, 1 ½ oz chopped into chunks for baking, plus 1 ¼ oz reserved for topping

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix together flour and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat 10 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is golden brown and has a nutty aroma, about 3 minutes. Remove butter from heat and transfer to a large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.
  3. Add both sugars, salt and vanilla to the bowl with the butter, and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth and glossy.
  4. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in 1 ½ cups of crumbled granola and 1 ½ oz chopped chocolate.
  5. Spread into a parchment lined 8x8 baking pan and top with remaining 2 tbsp granola and reserved 1 ¼ oz chopped chocolate, gently pressing into batter.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden and toothpick entered comes out mostly clean.
  7. Let sit for 10 minutes on a cooling rack, then carefully remove parchment paper and bars from the pan, and let sit on the cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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2 comments
  • Hi Linda- Use a total of 2.75oz chocolate which will be 1 bar total plus .25oz of another bar (1.5oz chopped for the mix in and 1.25oz for the topping). Also, you can totally sub in ANY chocolate you’d like, just keep in mind the sweeter the chocolate, the sweeter the bars will be! This recipe is sweet, but not overpowering so we liked using Taza Chocolate here since it’s so rich and chocolatey.

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  • My husband loves Michele’s Granola and asked me to bake the Cherry Chocolate Blondies which sound delicious!

    I have a question about the chocolate ingredient amount. It says two bars, 2 1/2 oz. per bar, which would make a total of 5 oz. The recipe says 1 1/2 chopped to stir into the batter and 1 1/4 oz. for the topping. That amounts to only 2 3/4 oz. of chocolate. Where does the 3 1/4 oz. remaining chocolate come in? Is it just excess chocolate or am I missing something?

    Also, can I replace a quality brand of 85% bittersweet chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate in the recipe?

    I will try your Taza 70% Deliciously Chocolate Bar with our next order!

    Thank you for your help!
    Linda Loesch

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