Is food on the verge of rotting your biggest cooking inspiration? Yeah, mine too. It’s pretty embarrassing that slightly squishy fruit and green-speckled cheese jumpstart my creative juices more than the impressive chefs featured on “Chopped” and “Iron Chef America.” This time around, I needed to find a use for a basket of blueberries before they turned fuzzier than my new bunny slippers.
Since I had already consumed half the basket earlier in the week, there wasn’t enough to make another blueberry upside down cake, let alone anything as fruity as a blueberry cobbler, crisp, or pie. In a light bulb “aha!” moment of creativity (okay, more like a little candle flicker), I pulled out a recipe for chocolate chip cookies.
White chocolate and blueberries go together like two peas in a pod. Milk, semisweet, or dark tend to slightly overpower the subtle spicy undertones of the blueberry, but white perfectly compliments this little round fruit. And after turning a gorgeous golden brown in the oven, my irresistible white chocolate blueberry bars barely survived one day on the countertop.
White Chocolate Blueberry Bars
modified from The Best Light Recipe
makes 24 bars
Be sure to use golden brown sugar, not dark. Dark is too strong and will overpower the delicate flavors of the white chocolate and blueberries. Serve warm with a glass of milk.
1¼ c. flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ c. butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp vanilla
1 c. brown sugar
¼ c. white chocolate chips
¼-⅓ c. blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray a 9×9” pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in brown sugar until smooth. Add the flour mixture and stir until well combined. Gently fold in the blueberries and white chocolate.
- Scrape cookie dough into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges and tops are golden. Let the cookies cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting. Transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling, or serve warm.