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Cranberry Bliss Bars


  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x

Description

These Cranberry Bliss Bars are knockoff version of the popular Starbucks treat. A buttery, chewy blondie loaded with white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and a hint of orange.   Topped off with a sweet cream cheese icing to make them even more amazing!


Ingredients

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Blondie Base

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Craisins

Frosting and Topping:

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Craisins, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate melting discs, melted (I use Ghiradelli)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together melted butter and brown sugar over medium speed with an electric mixer.
  3. Add in eggs, orange extract and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
  4. Add ground ginger, baking powder, salt, and flour, beating until just blended. Don’t over mix!
  5. Stir in white chocolate chips and Craisins by hand or on low speed. Spread evenly into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 18-21 minutes until set and golden brown at the edges. Don’t over bake or bars will be hard. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool. Allow bars to cool completely before topping with frosting.

Frosting:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add orange extract and vanilla extract and mix well. Top cooled bars with frosting. Sprinkle with chopped Craisins and drizzle white chocolate over the top. Refrigerator for about an hour before cutting (this will give the frosting a chance to firm up just a bit, making it easier to cut Cut into desired shape and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Brownies & Bars