I think these are like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss bars. I say ‘I think’ because I have never had one from Starbucks. Why spend $2 on a pastry that probably has extra fat added, just because they can? Oh, and LOADS of extra sugar (the battle between tons of fat and sugar yet wanting to enjoy a delicious treat, that is the fat girl trapped in a skinny body). I have even worked at Starbucks and never had one. In any case, they look pretty and people rave about them. So I thought I would make my own version.
The batch came to work with me. Everyone who tried them came up to me, unsolicited, and said they were incredible. I asked if they thought they compared to the cranberry bliss bars, and they replied, “oh, these are a ton better.” Wow, rad. They recommended heating them in the microwave for about 5 seconds to make the frosting melty. I was so flattered at how much people loved these! Once again, another baked good that will have to go on my list of holiday treats to make every year.
makes 16 bars
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
1/3 cup chopped white chocolate
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
Beat eggs in a medium mixing bowl for about 1 minute. Gradually add sugar, beating until thoroughly blended. Stir in flour and melted butter; blend well. Add cranberries and white chocolate, mixing gently just until combined. Spread evenly in pan.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool before spreading frosting
4 ounces low fat cream cheese
2 tsp butter
1 tsp orange zest
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate, melted
Mix all of the frosting ingredients together and spread a thin layer over the cooled cake. Immediately sprinkle with the chopped dried cranberries.
Melt the 1/2 cup white chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute. Pour the melted chocolate into a sandwich sized ziplock bag. Cut a small hole on a bottom corner of the bag. Pipe the white chocolate over the frosted bars.