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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cranberry Bliss Bars

My sister and I were just talking about how we loved cranberries and couldn't wait to start baking with them this year. Wouldn't you know, the next day Leigh Anne posted these on her blog. They looked so pretty and delicious, I just had to make them. I chopped the dried cranberries in my food processor and even though the list of ingredients looked a little long, they came together in a snap. Each step was really simple and I think the finished product looked just like I hoped. That always makes me happy. (I refrigerated mine for easier cutting.)Every time I opened the fridge I was greeted with the most wonderful cranberry and orange scent. I'm seriously in love with how pretty they are! I will most definitely be making these again!

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Leigh Anne

Cake Base:
2 sticks/cubes butter, softened
1 1/4 C brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 tsp ground powder ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 C flour
1/4 C minced dried cranberries
1/4 C quality white chocolate ,coarsely chopped
1/4 C minced candied ginger

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
2 Tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp grated orange rind

2 Tbsp minced dried cranberries
1/3 C white chocolate, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan
Beat together butter and sugar and then add eggs and vanilla beating until light and fluffy. Add flour, powdered ginger and salt. Beat well. Fold in the cranberries, chocolate chunks and minced candied ginger. Spread batter in pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown.
After cake cools, mix all frosting ingredients together and spread over top of cake. Sprinkle with minced cranberries. Use a cake decorating bag of melted chocolate with a small round decorating tip to drizzle the chocolate over the cake. (I just used a Ziploc bag with a TINY whole cut in the corner. It worked great!) Cut into bars.

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Julia said...

I made these for a party we went to last weekend and they turned out so yummy!

My Sister's Kitchen said...

I made them for a party too and I think they looked so pretty. I am for sure making them again.

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