So what else can we say about this recipe? So many bloggers have made this and shared their ideas, but I had to give it a try. As most people know, this is one of Starbucks' Holiday desserts that people wait all year for! There is good reason for that. Aside from being a sure sign that Christmas is coming, this recipe is just "good stuff." Be warned! It is super sweet ....so you might only want one! In that case, maybe Starbucks is your best bet, but if you want enough to share, make your own! It is super easy and unlike Starbucks you will not be paying $4 per bar.
Cranberry Bliss BarsThese would be great packaged up and given as gifts for Christmas!
3/4 Cup salted butter, cubed
1 1/2 Cups packed light brown sugar
2 Large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tea spoons baking powder
1/4 tea spoon salt
1/8 tea spoon ground cinnamon
1/2 Cup dried cranberries
6 oz. white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 ounces)
1 Cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 oz. white baking chocolate, melted
1/2 Cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.
Prepare the blondie layer: In a medium bowl, melt butter for one minute in the microwave or until melted; stir in brown sugar. Pour the butter and sugar into a large bowl and let cool to room temperature. Use an electric mixer to beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Stir in the cranberries and chopped chocolate (batter will be thick).