Cranberry Bliss Bars
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"If you love the Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks but don't want to spend your life savings on them, consider making your own! These tastes similar if not better! Recipe on our blog."
-- @cookingwithteamj
Recipe

Details

Prep time 15mins
Cook time 22mins
Serves or Makes: 24-30 bars

Recipe

Cranberry Bars

  • 1 1/ 2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice

Cream Cheese Frosting + Toppings

  • 1/ 4 cups roughly chopped dried cranberries

Method

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch baking tray lined with parchment paper

  • Step 2

    Beat together melted butter and brown sugar over medium speed with an electric/stand mixer until it comes together into a brownish slush. Add in the eggs, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add in ground ginger, baking powder, salt, and flour and mix until there are no dry lumps. Avoid overmixing.

  • Step 3

    Stir in white chocolate chips and dried cranberries by hand using a wooden spoon.

  • Step 4

    Spread the batter evenly onto the bottom of the lined baking tray. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes until set and golden brown at the edges. Do not overbake or your bars will become too hard. Allow bars to fully cool before frosting to avoid the frosting from melting.

  • Step 5

    To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add orange juice and vanilla extract and mix well. Top cooled bars with frosting. Sprinkle with chopped dried cranberries.

  • Step 6

    Refrigerate the bars for about an hour to allow everything including the frosting to set, and then cut them up into desired shapes and sizes.