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Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

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This recipe for Cranberry Bliss Bars, by , is from Home Cooking of the Hollenshead Family , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Paula Oakes Lancaster
Added: Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. chopped dried cranberries (or Craisins)
3/4 c. white chocolate chips
1/3 c. crystallized ginger, chopped
1 (4-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
3 c. powdered sugar
4 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. dried cranberries, chopped

Directions:
Directions:
Heat oven to 350. Grease a 9" x 13" baking pan with butter or non-stick spray and set aside.

Make cake: Beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs, ground ginger, vanilla and salt and beat well, until fluffy. Mix in flour until smooth. By hand, stir in 3/4 c. dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and 1/3 c. crystallized ginger. Spoon batter into prepared baking pan. Batter will be thick, so use an offset spatula to spread batter evenly. Bake for 35 min., or until cake is light brown on the edges. Remove & allow bars to cool completely.

Make frosting: In med. bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. (Add a drop of milk only if frosting seems too stiff.) Spread frosting on top of cooled bars. Sprinkle 1/4 c. chopped cranberries. Cover: refrigerate several hrs.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
16
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Paula is the wife of James Lancaster and the daughter of Glynn and Johnette (Hollenshead) Oakes. This is not as good as those from Starbuck's, but close. I'm working on it! I chopped my crystallized ginger by banging with the rolling pin. Makes the kids come running to see what's going on and stops the arguing when you shake it at them.

 

 

 

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