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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

Base Layer

  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 6 oz vanilla almond bark, chopped OR white chocolate chips (equal to 3 squares of almond bark)

Topping

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 6 oz vanilla almond bark OR white chocolate chips melted
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper. This is important- feel free to use non-stick spray, but mine got stuck in the pan with just non-stick spray.
  • In a bowl, mix brown sugar and butter. Let it cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Gradually add the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder to the sugar mixture
  • Stir in the cranberries and chocolate
  • Spread the batter into your pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan or on a cookie rack.
  • To make the topping: Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined.
  • Slowly add half of the melted white chocolate and beat until blended.
  • Spread this mixture onto your baked first layer. 
  • Sprinkle with chopped cranberries and drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate by putting chocolate into a ziplock bag and snipping the corner off-squeeze and drizzle evenly.
  • Let the topping set in the refrigerator, then cut into bars- square or triangle shaped (like Starbucks!).
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to 5 days.
Keyword cranberry, cranberry bliss, Holiday cookies, Holiday Dessert, Starbucks, treats