Thursday, November 17, 2011

Creamy Cranberry Bars

  
    
     Raise your hand if you like cream cheese frosting, sugar cookies, or cranberry sauce--these bars are for you!
      I found them in Nestle Toll House Holiday Classics Cookbook and first made it back in September. I fed a fresh cranberry bar to my husband and asked if he liked it. Mouth full, he said, “Yeah!” I asked him if it was “good” or “fabulous”. He said “Fabulous,” and I concur. We want cranberry desserts in November, so I made it again just now!

Ingredients:
16 oz. package bar-shaped refrigerated sugar cookie dough, (or 2 c. refrigerated sugar dough)
8 -14 oz. whole berry cranberry sauce (at least 1 cup)
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
½ c. white baking chips
4 oz. cream cheese
2 Tbsp. margarine or butter
¾ c. powdered sugar
½ c. sweetened dried cranberries

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Set butter and cream cheese out of fridge so they'll warm up to room temperature.

Press ¾ of the dough in baking dish.
2. Spray 8x8” baking pan or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Press ¾ of the cookie dough (about 1 ½ cups) in bottom of pan. Save rest of the dough for a later step.

3. Bake 12 minutes.

4. Combine cranberry sauce and cornstarch in a bowl. About 5 minutes after the pan comes out of the oven, gently spread cranberry sauce on warm layer of cookie dough.

5. Evenly drop reserved cookie dough by teaspoon-size pieces on cranberry layer. Top with white baking morsels. Bake 25 minutes.

6. Pull pan out of the oven when edges become golden brown. Let cool completely.
Frost this when it cools!

7. Make cream cheese frosting: In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, margarine, and powdered sugar. Mix with electric mixer until frosting is smooth and creamy.

8. Carefully spread frosting on top—it will be a thin layer. If it won't spread easily, microwave frosting bowl for 10 seconds. Finish by sprinkling dried cranberries over frosting!

9. Chill about an hour before cutting into bars.

10. Store extra bars (if there are any) in the fridge.

Adapted from “Cranberry Bliss Bars” in Nestle Toll House Holiday Classics Cookbook.

*Nutrition facts:

Ingredient
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
16 oz. sugar cookie bar dough
2040
48
0
12
0
14 oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce
660
6
3
0
0
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
30
0
0
0
0
½ c. white baking chips
560
0
0
4
0
4 oz. Neufchatel cheese
280
20
0
8
8
2 Tbsp. margarine
140
10
0
0
0
¾ c. powdered sugar
360
0
0
0
0
½ c. dried cranberries
195
0
3
0
0
Total (16 bars):
4265 kcal
84 %
6 g
24 g
8 %
1 bar:
267 kcal
5 %
0.5 g
1.5 g
0.5 %


*Calculated from food packaging:
 I used “Pillsbury” brand Sugar Cookie bar-shaped dough, “Great Value” (Walmart) brand whole berry cranberry sauce, Neufchatel cheese, and dried cranberries, “Cream” brand cornstarch, “Nestle” brand white baking morsels, “Blue Bonnet” brand margarine, and “Domino” brand powder sugar.

11 comments:

  1. Ooh, these little gems are a favorite with my family. In fact, the last time I made them my mother took and hid some just for herself! Thanks for the delicious reminder about this cranberry favorite.

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  2. I have never had a cranberry bar but these look so delicious. I would love to give these a try this Thanksgiving.

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  3. These look fab!
    I passed on a blog award to you here: http://attackofthehungrymonster.blogspot.com/2011/11/fabulous-fall-fridays-mini-layered.html

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  4. These are on my must try SOON list as of today!!! Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower!!!

    Hugs, Aimee @ ItsOverflowing.com

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  5. I remember seeing something similar last year around the holidays and I wanted to make them. These look amazing!

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  6. these look so delicious! Came over from Made By YOu Monday, and so glad I did! Would love for you to come link up to my Tasty Tuesday party going on now. http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2011/11/broccoli-cheese-soup-and-tasty-tuesday.html

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  7. Well hot diggity I think you've found the recipe for Starbuck's cranberry bliss bar. When I worked at Starbucks I would eat one of these throughout the months of Nov-Jan. Now that I don't work there there's no way I'd pay that much for one, but I do miss how delish they are. Pinning this and adding it to our grocery list!

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  8. Visiting from Tasty Tuesday.

    My mom would love these! She's stuck with a family of chocoholics and always wanting a non-chocolate dessert.

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  9. Mmmmm sugar cookie dough and cream cheese frosting? Bliss in a bar! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

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  10. Hi there, these bars look absolutely delicious. I would love to make some. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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  11. I loved these cranberry bars! I misread the recipe and tried to put the cream cheese frosting on while it was still warm. That didn't work, obviously, so I just stuck the frosting in the microwave until it was a liquid. Then I poured it on and let it cool. It still tasted fine and was much easier.

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