White Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Bars

So if you were a busy little elf and made all 10 of My Must-Have Christmas Cookies from last week, I'm afraid you will have to add just one more to your holiday baking.  (If you seriously made all 10 of them, will you bring some by my house please?  I've only made three and with my daughter's wedding a few days after Christmas, I won't be making many more!)
Don't even try to tell me you don't have time to bake one more batch.  These bars are worth every little bit of your sanity.  Truly.
A dense, chewy blondie packed with white chocolate and cranberries.  Then, just to send them over the top, a white chocolate cream cheese frosting gets slathered all over and topped with more cranberries and white chocolate.  These are an amazing copy cat recipe for Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss bars.

White Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Bars
adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
3/4 C butter
1 1/2 C packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1 C white chocolate chips

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 C powdered sugar
1 C white chocolate chips, melted
1/2 C dried cranberries, roughly chopped

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray.
2.  In a large bowl, melt the butter for one minute in the microwave then stir in brown sugar.  Allow to cool a bit then beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Add the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix just until combined.  Stir in the cranberries and white chocolate.
3.  Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Do not over bake!!  Cool completely.
4.  Prepare the frosting by mixing together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Add half of the melted white chocolate then evenly spread over the cooled bars.  Sprinkle on the cranberries then drizzle the remaining chocolate over the top.  Let the frosting set before cutting and serving.


Minnesota Prairie Roots said...

Just printed this off. This sounds delicious.

I hope wedding plans continue to go well. I can totally relate. But I expect you have double the pressure with Christmas also in the mix.

Try to relax and enjoy, especially on the actual day of the wedding. You will not believe how quickly that day goes.

Carole said...

Thanks Audrey. Plans are slowly coming together and our intention is to have just a couple small, last minute items to take care of on the wedding day so we can truly relax and enjoy the day!

Made From Pinterest said...

These are SO addicting! I love 'em!