Cranberry Bliss Bar Recipe

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Cranberry Bliss Bar Recipe
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Serves: 40
 
Cranberry Bliss Bar is one of those treats that is synonymous with holiday season in our house. They’re made with a blondie base layer, which is generously speckled with white chocolate chunks and dried cranberries, then topped with orange flavored cream cheese frosting, sprinkled with more cranberries and lastly, drizzled with more white chocolate. Simple treat, but oh so dangerous! It’s just too easy to eat too many, way too fast!
Ingredients
  • Blondie Base
  • 1½ sticks (178 g) unsalted butter (softened, not melted)
  • ½ t. sp. salt
  • 1¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1½ cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ t. sp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger OR 2 Tb minced crystallized ginger OR 1 teaspoon finely shredded fresh ginger
  • 1½ t. sp. vanilla
  • 1 cups cranberries, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, then thoroughly dried with paper towel
  • 4 oz. white chocolate bar, chopped
  • For decoration
  • ½ cup craisins (dried cranberries), soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, then thoroughly dried with paper towel
  • 2 oz white chocolate chips or white chocolate bar, chopped
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 t.sp. lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tsp orange extract or 1 Tbsp of orange zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F with the rack in the middle. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Set aside. Cream together 1¼ cups brown sugar, ½ tsp salt & ¾ cup butter until smooth. Add eggs & vanilla extract, one egg at a time creaming the mixture in between. Add 1 tsp ground ginger, 1½ cups flour & ½ tsp baking powder and mix everything together. Add 1 cup dried cranberries & 4 oz of chopped white chocolate and fold them in. Using wet hands or wet spatula spread the batter evenly in a 9"x13" inch baking pan. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the middle is puffed up and baked through. I like my bars to be more on the goey side (like a good chocolate chip cookie) so I do not bake the base layer too much. Do not overbake or the bars will be very dry. Allow to cool.
  2. How to make the frosting:
  3. Add 6 oz of cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 4 tsp lemon juice & 1 tsp vanilla extract to a bowl of a mixer. Using a beater or a whip attachment beat/whip everything together until creamy, about 3 minutes minutes.
  4. Melt the White Chocolate
  5. Place the white chocolate in a cup and microwave for about 40-50 seconds in 7-8 increments stirring with a spoon in between, until it just starts to melt. Continue stirring until all chocolate is melted. Do not overheat the white chocolate or it will turn hard and become unusable.
  6. Assemble
  7. Spread the cream cheese frosting over the cooled down crust. Sprinkle the craisins on top. Drizzle melted white chocolate on top using a fork. Allow the bars to set until the top of the cream cheese frosting is not sticky to the touch, several hours or next day. This will make it easier to cut the bars. Trim the ends of the bars, for even edges. Cut the bars into squares, then cut the squares diagonally into triangles. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.