Cranberry Bliss Bars / Starbuck's

Pat Duran Recipe

By Pat Duran kitchenchatter

These Bars are so good I just had to find the recipe- and there it was on topsecretrecipes.com.(Todd English).
This is such a good recipe and I wanted to share it with you too, because it is only available during the winter holidays.
Now you can make a whole pan-full for the cost of one bar from Starbucks.
Goodness eaten to the last crumb! lol-Enjoy!!!


Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
Serves:
16 servings
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Bake

Ingredients

BARS:
3/4 c
butter,softened
1 1/4 c
packed light brown sugar
3 large
eggs
2 Tbsp
minced crystallized ginger
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
salt
3/4 c
chopped sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 c
vanilla or white chocolate chips
FROSTING:
4 oz
cream cheese, softened
3 c
powdered sugar
4 tsp
lemon juice
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1/4 c
chopped sweetened dried cranberries
DRIZZLE: FOR GARNISH
1/2 c
powdered sugar
1 Tbsp
milk
2 tsp
olive oil or shortening

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350^.Butter a 9x13-inch baking pan. Set aside.
2
Bars:
Beat together the butter and brown sugar with electric mixer until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, then add the ginger,vanilla and salt. and beat well.
3
Gradually mix in the flour and baking powder until smooth. Mix the chopped cranberries and chocolate chips into the batter by hand.
Pour batter into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to spread evenly across the pan.
Bake 25-30 minutes, until the bars are lightly browned on top. Cool on wire rack.
4
Frosting:
Combine ingredient,except cranberries, in a mixer bowl and beat until smooth. Spread on bars when completely cooled.
Sprinkle the cranberries over top of frosting.
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Drizzle Garnish:
Whisk together ingredients and drizzle over cranberries in a back and forth motion using a squirt bottle or plastic storage bag, corner cut off.
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Cover bars and chill for 2 hours. Then cut bars length-wise down the center -then cut then across 4 times making 8 bars and cut those bars in half diagonally making 16 triangular bars.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: French
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy