Cranberry Bliss Bars

20161210_192546Day #3 Christmas Baking!

This is a re-post from last year, with new pictures. I actually got phone calls last year from both my mechanic and my chiropractor (the two businesses I drop off goody baskets for each year) who raved about these. I must admit they are pretty yummy! I made them exactly the same, because why mess with perfection, right? Not sure what happened, but the frosting didn’t set up. It’s still good, but it’s more of a cake frosting than an icing as it should be.

Base:

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter (room temp)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (such as Craisins)
  • 4 oz white chocolate chips20151214_163420
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12×16 jelly roll pan with foil and coat with non-stick spray.
  2. Cream together brown sugar, salt and butter. Add eggs and vanilla, then one egg at a time while continuing to mix.
  3. Add flour and baking soda.
  4. By hand, stir in cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  5. Spread evenly in pan.
  6. Bake between 10-20 minutes. You want a very light golden brown. Will dry out if overcooked. Watch it carefully.

Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tsp lemon juice (I used a little more for a bit of bite to offset the sweet)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar.
  1. Put everything in mixing bowl and beat (whip is better) for about 2 minutes until light and well mixed.
  2. Spread evenly over slightly cooled base. (It’s a bit more of an icing than frosting.)

Decoration:

  • 1/2 cup cut up Craisins.
  • 2 oz white chocolate chips
  1. Sprinkle cut up Craisins over the frosting.
  2. Put chocolate chips into a small plastic bag (Ziploc) do not seal. Melt slowly at about 50% power, squishing every minute or so, until warm (not hot) and melty.
  3. Cut tiny hole in one corner of bag, and squeeze the chocolate out while drizzling over the pan.

Let cool completely before removing foil onto cutting board. Cut into small squares 1.5″ x 1.5″, and then the squares into triangles.

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