Cranberry Bliss Bars

Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks are my mom’s favourite seasonal treat. When I found a recipe on Pinterest that looked almost the same, I had to try it. The bars at Starbucks are a bit sweet, so I didn’t add any white chocolate chips into the bar portion and I think they turned out great! There is plenty of white chocolate flavour in the topping. 

You have got to try this recipe. It is perfect for holiday entertaining. I have many more holiday baking recipes that I will be sharing with you over the next few weeks. I have been baking up a storm! Today I am working and then going to a hockey game. Just another Saturday for me. Have a great weekend!

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Cranberry Bliss Bars
For the Bars
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  5. 1 cup all purpose flour
  6. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  7. 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
For the Topping
  1. 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted and divided
  2. 1/8 cup white chocolate chips
  3. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  4. 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 2 cups icing sugar
  6. 1/4 cup dried cranberries
For the Bars
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8 x 8 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. 2. Melt the butter in the microwave for about 90 seconds. Let the butter cool for a minute and then add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla and stir to combine.
  3. 3. Add the flour and stir until just combined.
  4. 4. Fold in 1/2 cup cranberries and orange zest and stir to combine.
  5. 5. Pour batter into the pan, smoothing if necessary.
  6. 6. Bake for 18 to 21 minutes. Allow bars to cool before frosting them
For the Topping
  1. 1. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave for about 1 minute, reheating in 10 second intervals, or until it can be stirred smooth.
  2. 2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese, about 2/3rd of the melted white chocolate, 2 cups icing sugar, vanilla and beat until smooth and fluffy. Add additional icing sugar if necessary.
  3. 3. Frost the bars and then evenly sprinkle cranberries and un-melted white chocolate chips over the top of the frosted bars. Drizzle bars with remaining melted white chocolate, reheating in the microwave if necessary.
Adapted from Averie Cooks
Adapted from Averie Cooks
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