RECIPE: Cranberry Bliss Bars

lorijean44December 14, 2003

This is a "copycat" version of the Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks - not great coffee, but pretty good dessert snacks!! LOL

Cake

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed

3 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup diced dried cranberries

6 ounces white chocolate, cut into chunks

Frosting

4-ounces cream cheese, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

4 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup diced dried cranberries

Drizzled Icing

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

2 teaspoons vegetable shortening

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Make cake by beating butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, ginger, and salt and beat well. Gradually mix in flour until smooth. Mix 3/4 cup diced dried cranberries and white chocolate into the batter by hand. Pour batter into a well-greased 9x13" baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly across the pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until cake is light brown on the edges. Allow cake to cool.

3. Make frosting by combining softened cream cheese, 3 cups powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. When the cake has cooled, use a spatula to spread frosting over the top of the cake.

4. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of diced cranberries over the frosting on the cake.

5. Whisk together 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and shortening. Drizzle icing over the cranberries in a sweeping motion or use a pastry bag with a fine tip to drizzle frosting across the top of the cake.

6. Allow cake to sit for several hours, then slice the cake lengthwise (the long way) through the middle. Slice the cake across the width three times making a total of eight rectangular slices. Slice each of those rectangles diagonally creating 16 triangular slices.

From: http://www.topsecretrecipes.com

Makes 16 bars.

Lori

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Cindy_Mac

Lori, this is great! Dh loves those, but I don't so won't have to worry about temptation when I make them. LOL

Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2003 at 3:27PM
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ginger_st_thomas

Are dried cranberries the same as craisins?

    Bookmark   December 14, 2003 at 5:41PM
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lorijean44

Yes, Ginger, they're the same thing. I'm not much on raisins, but I love the dried cranberries/craisins. Isn't that strange?!

Lori

    Bookmark   December 14, 2003 at 8:47PM
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roselin32

Lori, I don't like raisins either so maybe I need to give the Craisins a try? I made some Oatmeal Raisin cookies today-interesting recipe. You soak the raisins in well beaten eggs and vanilla extract for an hour before mixing with the rest of the ingredients. Without the raisins, they would be excellent.
RL`

    Bookmark   December 14, 2003 at 9:42PM
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lorijean44

Roselin, I substitute the dried cranberries (craisins) for anything that calls for raisins. Try the recipe with the craisins - you may be pleasantly surprised!

Lori

    Bookmark   December 15, 2003 at 12:56AM
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ginger_st_thomas

Thanks, Lori. I saw craisins here finally & I don't like raisins either. The recipe sounds really good.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2003 at 5:32AM
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roselin32

Okay, I'll give them a try.
Thanx.
RL`

    Bookmark   December 15, 2003 at 9:13AM
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lorijean44

You're welcome, Ginger. Roselin, let me know how you like them!

Lori

    Bookmark   December 15, 2003 at 9:36AM
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Cindy_Mac

Well, Mike just ate two of 'em and said they were pretty good ... not quite the same as Starbuck's, but still tasty.

Thanks for sharing the recipe, Lori!

    Bookmark   December 21, 2003 at 11:37AM
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lorijean44

Not quite the same, but good enough to eat two! LOL I agree, though, they're not exactly the same.

Glad Mike liked them.

Lori

    Bookmark   December 21, 2003 at 11:42AM
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