Last updated on April 10th, 2019
White chocolate cardamom blondies flecked with brown butter and slathered with tart grapefruit cream cheese frosting. And sprinkles, of course.
Back when I detested all things chocolate (I know), I used to tell people that my favorite cookie was “my mom’s chocolate chip cookies, but without the chocolate chips.” What is that then? A cookie? My favorite cookie is just cookies. Crispy-edged, ultra chewy, slightly under-baked cookies made up of about 99.9% with brown sugar and allofthebutter (exaggeration) that smack of butterscotch.
These white chocolate cardamom blondies remind me of my mom’s just cookies in flavor and texture except spiked with cardamom and studded with blissful pockets of pure buttery sweet vanilla bean white chocolate. Then I slathered the whole thing with citrusy grapefruit cream cheese frosting because: citrus season! And sprinkles!
Cardamom is an assertive aromatic spice that’s a bit citrusy and can often overpower a dish. It’s met its match in tart grapefruit cream cheese frosting and the two dance a love song.
Speaking of love song…you know who would love these naturally pale-peach frosted blondies? Your Valentine. And your taste buds. (Don’t hate me for mentioning the V word in January).
I’ll quickly distract you with a baby. This week she learned to stand up and has been fervently practicing her new skill. The only problem? She doesn’t know how to sit down from standing yet. So she stands.
Until she whines enough that I help her or the cat knocks her on her bum. I admire her endurance.
That will serve her well as she’s got a long time to wait before she gets to taste these frosted blondies (stay tuned for her refined sugar-free smash cake in the interim).
Let’s chat about these white chocolate cardamom blondies again though. Brown butter adds deep nutty notes, dark brown sugar works its chewy magic, and a bit of granulated cane sugar ensures the surface gets nice and crispy, ready to crack when sliced. Cream cheese frosting with a hefty puff of powdered sugar knocks down grapefruit’s bitter overtones, making a sweet citrus frosting with a floral note that balances the aromatic cardamom blondies just so.
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Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting
Blondies adapted from Averie Cooks.