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Cranberry bliss bars layed out on a sheet tray.
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Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

A white chocolate and cranberry blondie topped with cream cheese icing, dried cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, bliss, cranberry, Starbucks
Servings: 24
Calories: 297kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients

For the Bars

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups Dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 large Eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Orange extract
  • 1 cup White chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Dried cranberries

Topping

  • 8 oz Cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Orange extract
  • 1/3 cup Dried cranberries roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup White chocolate chips melted

Instructions

Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper leaving overhang handles to lift the bars out easily.
  • In a medium-size bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat the melted butter with the dark brown sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and orange extract and beat until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients and blend just until combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
  • Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and golden on the edges. Don’t overbake, they will become hard.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Topping

  • Beat the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and pinch of salt together until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla and orange extract.
  • Spread over the bars evenly. Sprinkle with the chopped dried cranberries.
  • Melt the white chocolate and drizzle with a fork over the bars. Or you can place it in a ziplock bag, snip a small hole in one corner, and drizzle over the bars.

Notes

Cut two lengthwise strips. Then slice horizontally three times, then slice each square crosswise into triangles. Or you can just cut it into squares.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg