Cranberry Bliss

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INGREDIENTS

BLONDIE LAYER:

  • 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) salted butter, cubed
  •  cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  cups all purpose flour
  •  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:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

PREPARE THE BLONDIE LAYER:

  • In a medium bowl, melt the butter for one minute in the microwave; stir in the brown sugar. Scrape 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 (the batter will be thick).
  • Spread the blondie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 18 to 21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not over bake). Cool completely on a wire rack.

PREPARE THE FROSTING:

  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until well-blended. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost the blondies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Cut into 30 bars- square or triangle-shaped. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


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