Bars: Cranberry Bliss Bars by Paula Anderson

posted by Paula Anderson 04-05-103 12:11 AM

posted by Judy from AZ on anothr site
Cranberry Bliss Bars

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup diced dried cranberries
6 oz. white chocolate, cut into chunks

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
4 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup diced dried cranberries

Drizzled Icing:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbl. milk
2 tsp vegetable shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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 of diced cranberries and white chocolate into the batter by hand. Pour batter into a well-greased 9x13 pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly in the pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until cake is light brown on the edges. Allow the cake to cool.

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.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of diced dried cranberries over the top of the cake.

Whisk together 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tblsp. 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.

Allow cake to sit for several hours, then slice the cake lengthwise 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 pieces.

Yields 16 servings.

(If you have seen these at Starbucks, you will know why the detailed slicing instructions. If not, just cut and enjoy!)

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