cranberry bliss bars

21 Nov

 

every holiday season starbucks adds cranberry bliss bars to their menu.  YUM!  last year i found a copycat recipe and made some at home, but they were just EH..   i found a different recipe and made it and these were DELICIOUS!!!

 

 

Cranberry Bliss Bars

adapted from recipegirl

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen bars

Prep Time: 35 min

Cook Time: 20 min + cooling time

Ingredients:

BLONDIE LAYER:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, cubed
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
6 ounces white chocolate chips

FROSTING:
1 package (8 ounces) fat free cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 ounces white chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Prepare the blondie layer: In a medium bowl, melt butter for one minute in the microwave; stir in brown sugar. Scrape the butter & sugar into a large bowl and let cool to room temperature. Use an electric mixer to beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Stir in the cranberries and chopped chocolate (the batter will be thick).

3. Spread the blondie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool completely on a wire rack.

4. Prepare the frosting: In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until well-blended. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Cut into bars- square or triangle-shaped. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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