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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

These Cranberry Bliss Bars may look a tad familiar to some of you, particularly if you’re a Starbucks fan. This is a copycat recipe of one of their rather refreshing treats, or as close as we could find anyway. It’s not quite the same as theirs, but once you have made it yourself you might think it’s even better; you’ll have to be the judge.  

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These blondies include white chocolate and cranberries which might lead you to believe they are  only a Christmas treat. Not so! Though these bars are fantastic at Christmas they are delicious all year round!  

For your blondie layer:

¾ cup very soft butter

1 ½ cups light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 ¼ cups of Flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ cup dried cranberries

6 oz coarsely chopped white chocolate

 

For your frosting:

8 oz cream cheese

1 cup icing sugar

6 oz melted white chocolate

½ cup dried cranberries coarsely chopped

grated orange zest

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Blend together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time then the vanilla. Stir until well combined.

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Slowly add your dry ingredients and continue mixing until just combined. Stir in the cranberries and the coarsely chopped white chocolate. Spread the batter into a parchment lined 9×11 pan. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. This is the tricky part. You really need to watch these bars. We may have possibly both undercooked and overcooked these. Although both versions were still delicious, we know you’d prefer them to be perfect.  

While your bars are cooling you can make your frosting. Beat together your cream cheese and icing sugar until well combined. Slowly add your melted chocolate. The original recipe adds half your melted chocolate here and saves half for a drizzle at the end. Though we think both would be great we have always opted to throw all our melted chocolate in at this point. We have yet to be disappointed! Spread your frosting evenly over cooled blondies. Top with chopped cranberries and orange zest.   

Now whip up a latte, sit back and enjoy!!

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