Cranberry Bars

Sooooo the word from my children at Christmas was. . . . move over Starbucks. I LOVED the ones Starbucks makes, so when I tried this and it was really good, I knew I had hit pay dirt. Our daughter wanted to take the leftovers home . . . I hid a few so I could photograph them!!! They will definitely appear again and again and will not wait for just the festive season.

When I took these to an office to share a year or so ago, the comment I got was “will they serve these in Heaven”.  I sure hope so😀😀😀.

 

 

Cranberry Bars
Amazing all year round, but especially during the Christmas season.
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Ingredients
  1. • 1-1/2 cups flour
  2. • ¾ tsp baking powder
  3. • pinch of salt
  4. • 1 tsp dried ginger spice
  5. • ½ tsp cinnamon
  6. • ¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled a bit
  7. • 1-1/2 cup light brown sugar
  8. • 3 eggs
  9. • 1 tsp vanilla
  10. • ½ cup dried cranberries
  11. • 4 oz.good quality white chocolate, chopped
  12. • ½ tsp orange zest, grated
  13. You may also wish to add a bit of chopped candied ginger
  14. For the frosting
  15. • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  16. • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  17. • 6 oz. white chocolate, melted (divided use)
  18. • 1 tsp vanilla
  19. • 2 tbsp orange juice
  20. • ½ cup cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter 11½" x 7¾" x ¾" (29 cm x 19 cm x 2 cm). baking pan, and line with parchment. I use a Pampered Chef baking stone
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together the melted butter and light brown sugar until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, and then add the vanilla. Add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in the cranberries, white chocolate, and orange zest.
  4. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan and bake for approximate 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Your particular oven and choice of baking time will dictate the final cook time.
  6. For the frosting
  7. Beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  8. Add the confectioner's sugar and beat until combined.
  9. Then add half of the white chocolate, vanilla, and orange juice, beating until smooth.
  10. Spread the frosting on the cooled bars.
  11. Top with the remaining cranberries.
  12. Pipe the remaining white chocolate decoratively onto the bars.I use a random cross hatch pattern.
Notes
  1. I can't stress enough how important it is to use good quality white chocolate.
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