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tray of cranberry white chocolate cookie bars with craisins and white chocolate chips around it

Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bars

Sophia Inza
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 12 -15 bars

Ingredients
  

Cookie bars:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. molasses optional
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup Craisins or any dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips I used Ghirardelli

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 6 oz of full fat cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. orange zest optional
  • milk to thin out frosting if necessary
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For topping:

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips melted
  • Craisins

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350degrees F. Line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and grease it. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the butter and brown sugar until frothy (about 2 minutes). Add the egg, vanilla and molasses (if using). Whisk again.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a spatula until fully combined. Add the white chocolate chips and craisins and fold again until evenly distributed.
  • Scoop the batter into prepared baking pan. Press down until it is an even layer then bake for 20-24 minutes until lightly golden. It will appear to be slightly underdone, but these are soft cookie bars and they will finish cooking in the hot pan outside of the oven.
  • Cool completely before frosting or pop in the fridge for an hour and then you'll be ready to frost.

Frosting:

  • Using a hand mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until pale and fluffy.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, orange zest, and vanilla. Beat until combined. Thin out with milk if necessary, but I like mine thick!
  • Spread the frosting all over the bars.

Topping:

  • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave. Do this slowly by putting them in the microwave for 15 seconds, removing and stirring, and then another 15 seconds. Repeat until fully melted.
  • Drizzle over the bars and then sprinkle with extra craisins.
  • Cut into triangles and serve!
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