Here they are! Sorry about the delay, been busy moving and trying to meet up with people. I got to the recipe from Love, Veggies, and Yoga blog but I made a few changes. They were a hit on Sunday’s Pre-Thanksgiving Party and I had no leftover bars to take home.
For anyone who has ever stepped into a Starbucks would know what Cranberry Bliss Bars are; unless you’re my boyfriend this homemade batch is his first ever and he can’t stop eating them! Good news is that now we can them all year around!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, loosely packed
- 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted and divided
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (my boyfriend liked to use more cream cheese to make it taste more like cheesecake)
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries, loosely packed (or as much as you want)
For the Bars - Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 90 seconds. To the melted butter (allow it to cool slightly so you don’t scramble the egg), add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and stir to combine. Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined, taking care not to over-mix or the bars will be tough. Fold in 3/4 cup white chocolate chips and 1/2 cup cranberries and stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or offset knife if necessary.
Bake for 18 to 21 minutes, and center is set and golden or until edges begin to slightly pull away from sides of pan, or a toothpick comes out clean; do not overbake. Allow bars to cool before frosting them. While they cool, make the frosting.
For the Frosting and Topping - In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate on high power, about 1 minute, reheating in 10-second intervals, or until it can be stirred smooth. Then add cream cheese, vanilla extract, and cranberries.
Note: I used a Ninja to blend the ingredients for the bars. The following day I trimmed the edges of the bars and place the frosting.