cardamom orange white chocolate blondies

Have you ever tried cardamom before?

Cardamom is one of my favorite flavors ever.  I guess that would be my norwegian roots showing, but I just can’t get enough of it.  My favorite little local ice cream shop even sells cardamom ice cream and it is my favorite thing ever!

Cardamom buns, and all sorts of cardamom-laced baked goods are a close second.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a cardamom treat I haven’t enjoyed.

Which is why it strikes me as a little odd that I haven’t incorporated cardamom into more of my baking lately!  Of course I stick with it in more traditional scandinavian baking, but I haven’t ventured into bringing it into my everyday baking before.

Well, that is all about to change!

I made a big, delicious batch of Cold-Brewed Cardamom Orange Ice Coffee last week and that inspired me to find more places to bring in my beloved spice.

I have been doing a bunch of baking this week for my husband to use at his Home Show booth this coming weekend, and these Cardamom Orange White Chocolate Blondies were a fun treat to experiment with!

The orange is a lovely compliment to cardamom, and the white chocolate and butter base bring everything together in an addicting treat.

cardamom orange white chocolate blondies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • zest of one large orange
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 cup good-quality white chocolate chunks

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×13″ baking dish.

Melt the butter in a medium bowl and stir in the brown sugar until smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature while you prep the rest of the ingredients.

In another medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, orange zest and cardamom; set aside.

Once cool, beat together the butter mixture, eggs and vanilla until smooth.

Add in the flour mixture and beat until incorporated and then stir in the white chocolate chunks.

Spread the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, until lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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