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Old 12-07-2009, 06:18 AM   #2606
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I made these and they were to die for! (almost identical to the starbucks ones)

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Cake Base:
2 sticks of Butter, softened
1 cups Brown Sugar, packed
3 large Eggs
1 teaspoons Vanilla
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
teaspoon Salt
- teaspoon Baking Powder (don’t use a full tsp)
1 cups Flour
cup dried Cranberries, minced
cup Lindt or other high quality White Chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons Candied Ginger, finely minced

6 oz Cream Cheese, softened (you can use 1/3 less fat but NOT fat free)
3 cups Powdered Sugar
3 tablespoons Butter, softened
teaspoon Vanilla
teaspoon Orange Extract

cup dried Cranberries, minced
White Chocolate, melted

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 pan

Mix ground ginger, salt, baking powder and flour together in small bowl. Beat butter and sugar together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and beat until mixed. Fold in cranberries, candied ginger and white chocolate. Spread in pan and bake for 18-20 minutes. DO NOT over bake. If anything, under bake it a little.

Beat all ingredients together for frosting. When cake is COMPLETELY cooled, spread frosting over cake. Immediately sprinkle with dried cranberries. Melt white chocolate in microwave and use a fork to drizzle it over the top.

MY NOTES: I used the Ocean Spray Craisins and minced finely. Make sure you use the crystallized or candied ginger and mince it very finely. I baked my bars for 17 minutes, and they were perfect. They were just slightly under baked. If you over bake them the will be too cakey and not like the real bars. Ovens all vary so be sure to check yours frequently. It should be barely a light brown on the top.
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