So one of the best things that Starbucks ever invented was the Cranberry Bliss Bars. OH MY heaven. They are amazing! I could easily eat the whole box and I actually did on one occasion 2 years ago when 4 out of 5 of my kids had strep throat at the same time over Christmas break. My friend brought me a box of those and my favorite hot chocolate with hazelnut. I think it was the lack of sleep that caused me to devour the box or was it just that they are that good? They are that good. But once looking at the back of the box and seeing how many calories I had just consumed…I can’t even tell you. I vowed to never eat them again, instead I would make them myself…LOL! So I Googled it and found this recipe, I made a couple of adjustments just to cater to ingredients I had on hand. This is a very festive dessert perfect for any holiday party, family gathering or sweet craving.
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 1 ¼ cups packed light brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries
- 1 cup Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups powder sugar
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter 9x13 metal baking pan.
Using an electric mixer, I love my Kitchen Aid beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, ginger, vanilla and salt and beat well. Stir in the chopped dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Using a spatula spread batter in the pan making sure it is spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cake is lightly browned on top. Allow cake to cool.
Using your electric mixer again, combine cream cheese, powder sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth.
Once the cake has cooled spread the frosting evenly over the bars and sprinkle the ¼ cup of dried cranberries over the frosting.
Cover and let it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours. Cut 8 rectangular pieces remove them from the pan then cut them diagonally, creating 16 triangular pieces.
My review: Great for the holidays and this will always delight the guests.
Kids review: When I asked them what they thought they replied, “Mom, we already told you it was delicious!” Okay I am asking for too many food reviews. (smile)
Recipe adapted from Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes