1 cup melted butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
I cup mini chocolate chips
1 heaping cup of cherries (pitted), cherries can be whole or cut in half
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper. Melt the butter and mix with brown sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, stir until combined and smooth. Mix together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to the brown sugar mixture. Stir until flour is just combined. Add chocolate chips, stir until just combined. Pour batter into the baking dish.
Using a medium size bowl, coat the cherries (pitted) with 1 tbsp flour (helps them not to sink). Drop cherries into the batter and lightly press into mixture.
Bake for 45-51 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick comes out almost clean.
Recipe from our grocery manager Natascha.
We finally have our Lepp grown orchard cherries at the market, and there’s no better way to celebrate than baking up these ridiculously delicious Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondies. These cherries come fresh from our orchard in Osoyoos, BC and our cherry season usually runs between end of June to August. Over the summer, Rob makes countless trips up the Crow’s Nest Highway to pick up these fresh cherries, along with other Okanagan fruits, and brings them straight to the market for you to enjoy.
Now, to the blondies. These gooey bars are quick and easy to make with mainly pantry staples – except fresh cherries of course. While you can use frozen cherries, I recommend thawing and draining them first, as the excess liquid can make the brownies runnier than expected. Not sure what a blondie is? It’s basically a brownie… without the melted chocolate or cocoa powder.
Make sure to bring them to a backyard BBQ or picnic this summer!