Cranberry Bliss Bars

I hope your sweet tooth is ready because it’s time for Cranberry Bliss Bars.  These sweet treats are a copycat recipe of the bars you can buy at Starbucks.  Starbucks may have me beat on their coffee-making abilities, but they ain’t got nothin’ on these homemade bars!

026 034Cranberry Bliss Bars               Printer-Friendly Recipe

From: Thyme of Taste
Makes: around 24 bars

Ingredients

Bars

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 1/2 C brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C dried cranberries
6 oz white chocolate, coarsely chopped

frosting

8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
1 C powdered sugar
6 oz white chocolate
1/2 C dried cranberries
zest from 1 orange
juice from 1 orange

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large bowl.  Add in the brown sugar and combine with a mixer.  Mix in the eggs and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture.  Mix with mixer until smooth.  Now add the chocolate and cranberries and stir by hand until evenly combined.  Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.  Bake for 18-20 minutes to allow the bars to set.

While the bars are cooling, make the frosting.  In a mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar for about 1 minute.  Add 4 oz. of melted white chocolate to the cream cheese mixture.  Now add the orange juice and zest.  Mix on high for 1-2 minutes.  Spread the frosting over cooled bars.  Sprinkle the cranberries and drizzle the remaining 2 oz. melted white chocolate on top.  Cut into triangles and store in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!

Beat together melted butter and brown sugar.

Beat together melted butter and brown sugar.

Add in the eggs and vanilla.  Mix again.

Add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix again.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

Slowly add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and beat.

Slowly add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and beat.

Stir in the chocolate and cranberries.

Stir in the chocolate and cranberries.

Press the batter into a parchment lined baking pan.

Press the batter into a parchment lined baking pan.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the bars are set.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the bars are set.

To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.

To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.

Mix for about 1 minute.

Mix for about 1 minute.

Add in 4 oz. of melted white chocolate.

Add in 4 oz. of melted white chocolate.

Now mix in orange zest and orange juice.

Now mix in orange zest and orange juice.

Mix for 1-2 minutes, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Mix for 1-2 minutes, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Frost the cooled bars.

Frost the cooled bars.

Sprinkle with remaining cranberries.

Sprinkle with remaining cranberries.

Drizzle on the remaining 2 oz. of white chocolate.

Drizzle on the remaining 2 oz. of white chocolate.

Cut into triangles and enjoy!

Cut into triangles and enjoy!

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