So good…..so easy……not much else to say!!!! Dig in! For me, these are ultra rich……..so get that espresso machine fired up and prepare yourself!!

Here’s all you do:

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Blondie Layer:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, cubed
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
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
6 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped

Frosting:

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon grated orange zest (not optional for me)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350˚.  Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.

2. For the blondie layer: In a medium bowl, melt butter for one minute in the microwave or until melted; stir in brown sugar. Pour the butter and sugar into a large bowl and let cool to room temperature. Use an electric mixer to beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Stir in the cranberries and chopped chocolate (batter will be thick). PS I should have chopped the white chocolate more, I thought the big chunks might be yummy, but for me personally a bit too much. Chop pretty fine.   ……just sayin…….;-)

3. Spread the blondie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool completely on a wire rack.

4. For the frosting: In a large bowl, sift your powdered sugar a few times to ensure no lumps. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with chopped cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Let the frosting set (speed this up by throwing them into the fridge) then cut into bars, squares or triangle-shapes. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Again, what can I say…..delicious, decadent, deadly good, don’t wait!

Bon Appétit!

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