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Chewy Cranberry Maple Blondies with Walnut Butter

Super moist and chewy Cranberry Maple Blondies with homemade walnut butter, toasted walnut pieces, maple syrup, brown sugar and dried cranberries. An easy holiday dessert bar.

An overhead shot of Cranberry Maple Blondies on a cooling rack

I’ve been enjoying baking lately. Maybe it’s the holidays, where desserts are more common. It’s a perfect way to share something personal with others. While fancy decorating isn’t quite my skill set, I enjoy the less delicate approach to muffins, cookies and dessert bars.

This Cranberry Maple Blondies recipe is a wonderful fall and holiday treat. Seasonal flavors like cranberries and maple syrup, plus a good amount of walnuts all packed into a flavorful little square.

They’re simple and require less than 10 common staple ingredients; an ideal recipe to make with family and children. Some of my favorite moments from childhood were baking in the kitchen with my mother. She’d let me do all the fun stuff like mixing the dough and final touches like sprinklings or toppings.

Ingredients for Making Cranberry Maple Blondies

  • Maple syrup & brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Walnuts & Cranberries
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Baking powder
  • Flour

Three Cranberry Maple Blondies sitting on a white plate

What’s the difference between a blondie and a brownie?

Blondies and brownies are very similar both in texture and in the way they’re made. The main difference is that blondies don’t contain any cocoa powder, so they don’t have that traditional chocolate flavor that a brownie does.

Blondies are also commonly made with brown sugar and/or browned butter, so they have a wonderful butterscotch flavor. You can add any extra ingredients you like such as nuts and dried fruit to make them your own.

A close up of Cranberry Maple Blondies cut into squares

How to Make Chewy Blondies 

Use less eggs: The more eggs you add to blondies and brownies the more cake-like the texture will become. In this recipe, I used just the right amount of eggs for the blondies to rise perfectly but still have a delicious chewy texture.

The brown sugar also helps add a chewy texture and adds a delicious caramel/butterscotch flavor.

Other additions or variations for blondie bars

Blondies are very versatile and although I love the combination of walnuts and cranberries you can use whatever you have in your kitchen. They’re perfect for last minute baking on a rainy day. Here are some ideas of things you can add:

  • Spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Citrus zest from oranges, limes, lemons
  • Chocolate chips or chunks, any flavor will work well
  • Dried fruits
  • Fresh berries such as blueberries, raspberries or strawberries
  • Nuts

Cranberry Maple Blondies cut into squares sitting on a cooling rack

Top Tips for Making Blondies

  • These blondies will store well in a sealed container just make sure they are cooled completely before storing.
  • You can substitute the walnuts for cashews, hazelnuts or pecans, they’d all work well.
  • To make these blondies nut free omit the walnuts and replace it with soy butter.
  • Make sure the grease and line your baking pan so the blondies will be easy to remove after baking.
  • Let the blondies cool completely before cutting into squares.

Chewy Cranberry Maple Blondies  recipe at-a-glance:

Flavor profiles: Nutty flavor with roasted walnut and browned sugar. Sweet and tart dried cranberries.
Texture: Moist, chewy and fluffy. Just like a perfect brownie, but as a blondie.
Dietary Options/Substitutions: Omit walnuts and replace with soy butter if allergic to nuts.

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Chewy Cranberry Maple Blondies with Walnut Butter

Super moist and chewy Cranberry Maple Blondies with homemade walnut butter, toasted walnut pieces, maple syrup, brown sugar and dried cranberries. An easy holiday dessert bar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry bars, easy cranberry bars, easy maple bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 286kcal
Servings 20 servings
Author: Matt Ivan
Did you know? Servings and ingredient amounts can be adjusted on all my recipes. Click the green number above to change.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups chopped walnut halves, toasted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking dish with parchment paper, then lightly grease.
  • In a large pan heat maple syrup, brown sugar and butter over medium heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  • Pulse 1-cup of the walnuts in a food processor until paste forms. Stir walnut paste and vanilla into maple butter mixture. Stir in eggs, one at a time until combined.
  • In a small bowl stir together flour and baking powder, then slowly stir into liquid mixture until combined, fold in remaining 1-cup chopped walnuts and dried cranberries.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish, spread evenly. Bake 25 minutes, until set. Cool dish on a wire rack, remove blondies then cut into bars.

Notes

  • These blondies will store well in a sealed container just make sure they are cooled completely before storing.
  • You can substitute the walnuts for cashews, hazelnuts or pecans, they'd all work well.
  • To make these blondies nut free omit the walnuts and replace it with soy butter.
  • Make sure the grease and line your baking pan so the blondies will be easy to remove after baking.
  • Let the blondies cool completely before cutting into squares.
Nutrition Facts
Chewy Cranberry Maple Blondies with Walnut Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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