Cranberry Bliss Bar Is a Delicious And Easy Bar Cookie Recipe!

Love a good bar cookie recipe?  This cranberry bliss bar will be a huge hit! I absolutely love baking but I tend to be rather busy, especially during the holidays. I don’t always have time to sit around baking 4 different batches of cookies, one cookie sheet at a time. Or rolling out dough for homemade gingerbread men.  Making the dough batter is the quick and easy part. The rolling, cutting, dropping, dipping and baking that take the most time.

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Pressed for time this holiday season but still want to provide sweets for your family and friends?  Find a bar cookie recipe to make your life easier. Bar cookies are spread into a 13 x 9 inch pan and baked without too much fuss. If you would like to try your hand at doing some holiday baking I encourage you to try my cranberry bliss bars! 

This cranberry bliss bar is a festive and easy bar cookie recipe

Cranberry Bliss Bar Is a Delicious And Easy Bar Cookie Recipe!

I am a huge fan of white chocolate and these cranberry bliss bars are loaded with it! The blondie bar cookie on the bottom layer is loaded with white chocolate and cranberries. Then, the cream cheese frosting has MORE white chocolate in it. Top the whole think off with a drizzle of melted white chocolate and this is a delicious and decadent dessert recipe!

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When I was doing some Christmas shopping at Target last week I stopped into Starbucks for a coffee and saw a tray of these cranberry bliss bars sitting in the display case. The looked so simple and festive I just had to give them a try. There are tons of cranberry bliss bar copycat recipes online but I sort of merged a few that I found that looked good. The end results were delicious!

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30 minPrep Time

22 minCook Time

52 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • Blondie Layer:
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Frosting:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries to sprinkle on top.

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar until combined. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Place butter/sugar mixture into a mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat 3 to 4 minutes until smooth.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix gently.
  4. Add in dried cranberries and mix until evenly distributed.
  5. Spread into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees 18 to 22 minutes or until top is lightly brown and knife inserted into center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make frosting: Place cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and orange zest into mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.
  8. In a small bowl, heat white chocolate until melted.
  9. Add half the melted white chocolate to the frosting and beat til smooth.
  10. Spread frosting over bar cookies
  11. Sprinkle with dried cranberries and drizzle with remaining white chocolate
  12. Cut into bars and serve.
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Comments

  1. I can honestly say I've never had cranberries in a cookie. I like them, but have never experienced them like this.
  2. Cranberries would make me feel like I'm eating fruit & staying healthy!
  3. How important is the orange zest really? I never have an orange or lemon on hand when a recipe calls for "zest".
  4. Those bars look amazing!! Cookie bars are one of my favorite holiday treats!
  5. My oh my do those look really good! I need to pick up the stuff to make these very soon!
  6. This looks amazing. Quick question though - the blondie layer calls for coarsely chopped white chocolate but I don't see what to do with that white chocolate in the instructions. I assume it gets mixed in at the same time as the dried cranberries. Is that correct?
  7. Terrific - thanks!

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