These bars may look familiar to some of you…
Lets not get all winey and liberal and argumentative about corporate coffee, please.
I worked at a small town coffee shop that would die if a Starbucks opened their doors close by so I understand.
Seriously, I get it.
I will love and support local coffee brewers forever and for always.
Especially because I live in a city where the most amazing coffee is being made all within a 1 mile radius of my house…
Ipsento, Julius Meinl, Intelligentsia, The Wormhole…just to name a few.
So please don’t hate.
I like Starbucks. It’s quick and they put drugs in my toffee nut latte so I can’t stop.
They consequently sell these “bliss bars” there too.
I have always wanted to try these bars but have never given in to the temptation.
However…the other day there were free samples of these and upon trying one, I fell pretty hard over the little babes.
So while “pinning” (for those of you in the pinterest world) the other day, I came across a recipe for these gems.
The base of these bars is essentially a blondie bar.
You can add or subtract whatever extras you would like to the batter (nuts, craisins, chocolate chips, etc.).
Blondies are great by themselves, add a massive layer of cream cheese frosting and then drizzle that with white chocolate. They’re a show stopper.
If you don’t know what a blondie is, it is pretty much eggs, butter and brown sugar. Very similar in taste to a chocolate chip cookie or chocolate chip cookie bar.
If you follow my blog regularly you may remember when I made those S’more Blondies…Yum.
So once you melt the butter, add the brown sugar and mix all those wet ingredients together, you slowly mix in the dry ingredients.
Then chop up some white chocolate…
And some dried cranberries.
Bake for about 18-21 minutes.
I baked mine for too long.
I blame the dirty cats for being crazy and distracting me…
Or myself for making frosting and totally forgetting to take them out of the oven.
They still tasted great…but they were dry.
They are supposed to be an almost gooey consistency…
Such an awful mistake!!!!
But thanks to a generous amount of cream cheese frosting, white chocolate and dried cranberries…you couldn’t really tell.
Spread on a thick layer of cream cheese frosting
Add some berries
And finish with ribbons of melted white chocolate.
Recipe: Cranberry Bliss Bars
3/4 Cup (1 1/2 sticks) Butter, Melted
1 1/2 Cups Light Brown Sugar
3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries (can do more or less according to taste)
6 Ounces White Chocolate, Coarsely Chopped
8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
6 Ounces White Chocolate, melted
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries, Chopped
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
Spray a 9×13 pan with non stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl melt butter in the microwave. Add brown sugar and let cool to room temp.
In a separate bowl of a mixer, beat together eggs and vanilla.
Then add cooled butter and brown sugar mixture.
In yet another separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Slowly add dry mixture to butter and brown sugar mixture.
Once incorporated stir in cranberries and white chocolate chunks.
Spread into prepared pan and bake for about 18-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Do not over bake!
For the frosting, cream together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach a desired consistency.
Add more vanilla or powdered sugar to adjust thickness of your frosting.
Once bars are cooled, frost and sprinkle with cranberries and melted chocolate.
Slice and enjoy!
I found this recipe on Pinterest and it brought me to recipegirl.com’s blog page where I found this recipe.