Homemade Cranberry Bliss Bars!



Cake Part:
1 c.  -  Butter (softened)
1 1/4 c.  - Brown Sugar
3  -  Eggs
1 1/4 tsp.  -  Ginger Powder
1/4 tsp.  -  Salt
1 1/2 c.  -  Flour
1/2 c.  -  Cranberries (Chopped)
6 oz.  -  White Chocolate Chips
1 tsp.  -  Vanilla Extract
1/4 c.  -  Orange Juice

Frosting Part:

8 oz.  -  Cream Cheese (Softened)
3 c.  -  Confections Sugar
4 Tb.  -  Butter (Softened)
2 tsp.  -  Vanilla Extract
3/4 c.  -  Cranberries
1 Tb.  -  Orange Juice


Pre-heat oven to 350F. Prep cookie sheet. Lightly spray cookie sheet with flour spray. Then top with wax paper. The spray helps with removing your wax sheet easier from your pan. It also helps it stick without sliding around when adding batter.

In a large mixing bowl add softened butter, brown sugar, orange juice, vanilla, eggs. Lightly blend. Then add salt, ginger, flour. Blend well till all clumps are gone. Then add cranberries - blend. Lastly add white chocolate chips - blend. Pour onto cookie sheet and spread out evenly. Place in oven for about 15-20 depending on your oven, till lightly golden.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. I cool mine on a cookie rack.

In another mixing bowl add softened cream cheese, softened butter, vanilla, and orange juice - mix. Then add powdered sugar. Mix well. Lastly add cranberries - Mix. I find this goes faster with a hand blender.

When the cake part is completely cool cut into triangles. Add frosting then garnish with a few extra chopped cranberries on top.

Tips & Suggestions:
You can just frost the whole sheet and cut later but I find it make a lot more of a mess. Individually frosting the bars looks much prettier. Whether you are making these for yourself or for a gift I suggest these are chilled in the freezer for about 5 min before you cover with plastic wrap. This will prevent frosting from sticking too much. If you have a hard container that doesn't touch the bars then you can skip that step. I do however keep my bars in the frig till ready to eat. This keeps the frosting stiff and they get tastier with age. So if you bake these ahead of time and chill them in the frig over night they will taste even better... I think it's the frosting softening the cake!

Hope you enjoy!
If you make some we would love to hear how yours turned out and see photos! Post them here!

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