Posted by: Maggie
I know, I know. I really should have made these a month ago, and posted them before Christmas. The fact is, I was way too busy eating the very similar Starbucks' Cranberry Bliss Bars to even bother making a copycat version. Unfortunately, Starbucks' version is only available around Christmas, and I
I made these Sunday night, without really thinking about the fact that a) I'm not seeing my dessert-loving boyfriend again until Friday, b) I'm going to South Carolina this week for work and therefore can't share these with coworkers, and c) I'm completely weak around anything with cream cheese frosting.
Therefore, I ate one and stuck the rest in the freezer. I do not plan on seeing how they taste directly out of the freezer. I'm sure they're disgusting. I'm just going to keep telling myself that.
Here's what you'll need:
For the bars...
3/4 cup salted butter, cubed
1-1/2 cups packed 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
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips
For the frosting...
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tablespoon grated orange peel (I actually used a clementine)
1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
In a microwave, melt butter; stir in brown sugar. Transfer to a large bowl; cool to room temperature. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate.
Spread into a parchment paper lined 13x9 inch baking dish. Bake at 350° for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool in pan on a wire rack.
For frosting, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and orange peel until blended. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.