Cranberry White Chocolate Bars (Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars)


Soft blondies filled with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips and topped with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting (similar to Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars). These Cranberry White Chocolate Bars make a fantastic holiday dessert!

Servings 12

INGREDIENTS

BARS:
1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
1 cup light brown sugar packed
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

FROSTING:
6 ounces cream cheese softened
3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
milk to thin (if necessary)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips melted (see note)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE BARS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter or spray an 9x9 square pan or 8 x11 pan and set aside (I prefer an 8x11 for this recipe). Alternately, you can line the pan with foil and grease the foil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk melted butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract, whisk until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until the ingredients are combined. Fold in 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips. Spread the batter in an even layer in the prepared pan (the batter will be thick).
  4. Visit celebratingsweets.com for full instructions.
RECIPE NOTES
Melting white chocolate: You can melt it in the microwave or in a double boiler. If you use the microwave you have to melt it very slowly. I put it in for 10-15 seconds at a time and stir between each interval. If you over cook it, the chocolate will pass the melted stage and turn hard and lumpy and you'll have to start over. I have the best luck with good quality white chocolate. I typically use Guittard or Ghirardelli.

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