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Cranberry Bliss Bars

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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bars



  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 to 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 to 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  • Dried cranberries chopped to sprinkle on top
  • Melted white chocolate


  • 8 ounce cream cheese room temp
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together unsalted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and bring together with a rubber spatula. The consistency will be between a cake batter and cookie dough, not too thick and not too runny.
  • Mix in the orange zest, white chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.
  • Line a 9x9 or 9x13 pan with parchment paper. I used 9 x 9 for thicker bars but use 9 x 13 for thinner bars.
  • Transfer the batter to the pan and spread evenly across.
  • Pop in the oven to bake for 22 to 25 minutes. Just like cookies, you don’t want to overbake it. It will continue baking after you take it out of the oven. Thinner bars will cook faster if using a 9x13pan.
  • Let it cool for 10 minutes and then take it out of the pan to finish cooling to room temperature.
  • While it cools, make the cream cheese frosting. Add cream cheese, unsalted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl. Use a hand beater or stand mixer with the paddle attachment to beat until fluffy and smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Once it’s at room temperature, frost. Use as little or as much or as you’d like depending on how thick you want the frosting layer to be.
  • Pop it in the fridge to chill until the frosting is set. This step is optional but it makes the cutting a lot easier.
  • Once the frosting is firm to touch, cut the bars into large squares and cut the squares in half diagonally to create triangles.
  • Drizzle melted white chocolate on top of each triangle and sprinkle chopped cranberries on top! Enjoy.
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