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March 19, 2018

LEMON BLONDIES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE

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Lemon Blondies with Cream Cheese and White Chocolate is bursting with bright citrusy flavor of lemon and the smoothness and tang of cream cheese. With added shredded coconut and almond extract, these simple looking blondies pack a punch of flavor.

LEMON BLONDIES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE
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I made so many versions of this lemon blondie in a period of a week I began to wonder if I would ever get it right. My daughter stopped by for a visit the day I made batch #1 and was the first guinea pig. It was a plain lemon blondie with white chocolate. She thought it was delicious. I felt it was tasty but could be zhoozhed up a bit.

Subsequent batches with tweaks missed the mark in one way or another—too cakey, too deflated, too rich, too poor. Oops, scratch that last one!




LEMON BLONDIES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE

Anyone who walked through the door got drafted to be a taste tester. My son's friends stopped over one night and plate of lemon blondies was immediately shoved under their noses as soon as they entered the house. They were polite and the feedback was good. But it was batch #3 with lemon curd swirled into the batter. My personal assessment...still cakey, too rich, and all of the lemon curd sank to the bottom. Back to the drawing board!

LEMON BLONDIES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE
With batch #4, I made the decision to reduce the amount of lemon curd and incorporated it into cream cheese. It was exactly what the blondies needed! The lemon curd infused cream cheese added a layer of tang while intensifying the lemon flavor. It was also in this round that the fudginess I was looking for was also achieved. GREAT!! Because I was ready to rename this dessert Lemon Cake!


LEMON BLONDIES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE

At last, batch #5 was the winner! Ding! Ding! Ding!!! It had all I was looking for: great texture, fudginess (Cut it out autocorrect! Stop changing my fudginess into pudginess!), nothing sank, and it had all sorts of lemony goodness! Every bite is filled with bright citrusy flavor that cuts through the sweetness of the white chocolate and sugar, leaving a mouthful of satisfaction behind.

There you have it guys! I did all the hard work so you don't have to. All you need to do is follow the recipe and make some!

Have a wonderful week!




LEMON BLONDIES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE  

LEMON BLONDIES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE


INGREDIENTS:

10 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup granulated sugar
2 whole eggs + 1 egg yolk
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. almond extract
zest of 2 lemons
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut


For The Cream Cheese Layer:
4 tbsp. cream cheese, room temperature
2 tbsp. lemon curd
1/2 egg white (not exact, err on the more side)


INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter and white chocolate for 20 seconds. Stir. Repeat previous steps once or twice until the white chocolate is melted, stirring well.

Pour into a large mixing bowl. Gradually add sugar. Beat on medium high to high for a minute to incorporate sugar. If the mixture feels hot to the touch, allow to cool slightly for a few minutes before adding eggs. Briskly whisk in whole eggs and egg yolk, one at a time. Continue beating until mixture is pale yellow and smooth. Add lemon juice, almond extract, and lemon zest. Blend well.

Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and coconut in a small bowl. Gradually add to egg mixture. Blend well.

For the cream cheese layer: beat all ingredients well in a small mixing bowl. It will be runny.

Spray an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Pour in batter. It will be thick. Top with the cream cheese mixture. Swirl knife through the cream cheese and batter.

Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the center is no longer jiggly when the jiggled gently. If the edges brown too quickly during baking, cover with a layer of foil. Using the toothpick to test for doneness is not recommended as it will come out wet.

Cool completely on a rack.  Store refrigerated. 

Makes 9 squares.



Recipe Note:
  1. If using a 9 x 9-inch baking pan, check for doneness 5 to 10 minutes earlier.



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23 comments:

  1. I don’t bake much, maybe because I don’t have kids at home any more. But this recipe is so enticing! I love all of the ingredients!

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    1. It is more enjoyable when there are little ones around to devour the treats. I'm glad you like these. Thank you for stopping by, Mimi!

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  2. OH MY GOSH! These look so good. I'm all about lemon right now and I want to gobble up each and every one of these--next time you're testing lemon desserts, feel free to send some my way. I'll gladly test them for you!

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    1. You've got a deal, Kelsie! I'll be thrilled to send some your way! I love eager and willing taste testers!!

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  3. If you ever need a taste tester, you can always send some my way ;) I absolutely LOVE lemon! It's not something I grew up loving, but grew to love it, ya know? And now? It's definitely one of my favourite things! These look just perfect and would be so good right now with my coffee. Hope you're having a lovely week, Thao. Hope you don't get that snow :)

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    1. I'll be happy to send some your way, Dawn!! I'm so glad you outgrew your lemon aversion! The fact that our taste changes as we get older is such a great thing. We realize that we were missing out all those years and we are not missing out any more. 😄 p.s. We are still getting snow but it has been downgraded to about 4". 🙌

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  4. these sound so good!! the decadent blondie + the bright, tart lemonyness sound perfect together (: and hahaha i'm down for a pudgy blondie- that just means i get more dessert (;

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    1. Pudgy blondie is growing in me. It might just be a future post (hee hee).

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  5. These sound absolutely delicious Thao! Lemon desserts are seriously my favorite and I'm so excited about lemon season. And I'm all about a fudgey (pudgey??) dessert :-)

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    1. Thanks Daniell! And fudgey, pudgey..it's all good :)

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  6. True confession time - white chocolate is my least favorite chocolate but I would make an exception for these lemon blondies!! They look amazing!

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    1. Thank you Christina! The lemons are really the star of this dessert, so I hope you would like these blondies despite the white chocolate :)

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  7. A lot of work but the result is worth it, the blondies look unbelievably good. I have never had any blondies and now I wonder why, I actually like white chocolate more than I like regular chocolate.

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    1. Thanks Adina! I put in too much effort to let it fail. The next time you want to switch things up, I hope you'll give blondies a try!

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  8. I wish I could have done some taste-testing for you!! Thanks for doing all of the hard work :) These look and sound amazing! I'm into anything lemon these days!!

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    1. I wish you could too, Katherine! I would gladly be your taste tester too, because there's a lot of good cookin' coming out of your kitchen!

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  9. Ooooh. Those blondie bars look so rich and fudgy! It's a good thing you had all those taste testers to help you out. I time some of my recipe testing to Girl Scout meetings. :)

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    1. Thank you Annemarie. I had a craving for some of the bars today. I love your choice of taste testers! I want to go those meetings on taste test days!

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  10. I LOVE lemon desserts so much and adding white chocolate and cream cheese sounds so decadent and delicious! I wish I was a taste tester at your house!

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    1. I'm excited you'd want to be my taste tester, Marie! I'd love to have you be one! :)

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  11. I love lemon desserts and your blondies sound perfect for summer entertaining.

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    1. Thank you Karen. I feel the same way :)

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing this great blog.Very inspiring and helpful too.Hope you continue to share more of your ideas.I will definitely love to read. best-lemon-squeezers

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