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Cranberry Bliss Bars (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

This may be the most amazing thing you make this holiday season. I promise. It comes from www.belleofthekitchen.com
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Craisins

Frosting & Topping:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Craisins, roughly chopped
  • 2 squares baking chocolate or almond bark, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9 inch jelly roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. If you don't have a 9x13 jelly roll pan, you can also use a regular 9x13 casserole dish.
  • Beat together melted butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer, medium speed. Add in eggs, 1 tsp orange extract, 1 tsp vanilla extract and beat until mixed well. Add in ground ginger, baking powder, salt and flour, beating until just blended. Don't overmix.
  • Stir in white chocolate chips and Craisins by hand. Spread evenly into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes until set and golden brown at the edges. Do not overbake or bars will be hard. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool. Allow bars to cool completely before topping with frosting.
  • To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add 1/2 tsp orange extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and mix well. Top cooled bars with frosting. Sprinkle with chopped Craisins and drizzle white chocolate over the top with a fork. I dip my fork into the chocolate then shake it gently over the top of the bars to create little streaks. You can either slice right away and enjoy, or place the bars in the refrigerator for about an hour to help them set up before cutting. Cut into triangles & enjoy!

Notes

To store, once the bars are sliced, place them in an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to five days.