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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars – Copycat Recipe


Starbucks...what can I say? One of my favorite places for coffee and sweets. Cranberry Bliss bars are just that, blissful. We don't have a Starbucks in our small town so what better way to enjoy your favorite than to make it at home. Copy cat recipes are all over the internet, just have to Google it and that makes me happy!
Ingredients
Base
  • 1½ sticks butter (softened, not melted)
  • ½ t. sp. salt
  • 1¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1½ cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ t. sp. baking powder
  • 2 tbl. sp. minced crystallized ginger or 1 teaspoon finely shredded fresh ginger
  • 1½ t. sp. vanilla
  • ¾ –1½ cups cranberries
  • 4 oz. white chocolate chips
For decoration
  • ½ cup craisins (dry cranberries)
  • 2 oz white chocolate chips
Frosting
  • f4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 t.sp. lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • Cream all the ingredients together until smooth.
Instructions
Make the Base
  1. Turn the oven to 350F. Line a jelly roll pan with foil.
  2. Put butter, salt & sugar in a bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream the ingredients together.
  3. Add the eggs one at at time mixing well before each addition.
  4. Add the flour, minced crystallized or finely shredded fresh ginger, vanilla and mix to combine.
  5. Add the cranberries and white chocolate and mix.
  6. Spray the prepared pan with nonstick spray.
  7. Spread the batter in the pan with a spoon or wet the hand in water and do it by hand.
  8. Bake at 350F for 25-30 min.
  9. Let cool.
Make the frosting
  1. Cream all the ingredients together until smooth.
Assemble:
  1. Spread frosting on top of the cool crust.
  2. Sprinkle with cranberries
  3. Melt the chocolate in microwave, stopping every 30 seconds to mix (making sure that the chocolate doesn’t break).
  4. Using parchment paper, make a cone. Fill with chocolate. Snip the end and decorate in stripes.
  5. Cut in in big squares, then cut the squares diagonally in half.
  6. Serve with coffee or tea of choice.

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