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Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

Have you been to Starbucks and seen this dessert in the food bar and thought to yourself, "Those look fantastic!"? Well, you're in for a treat! These bars are super delicious and definitely better for your waistline than the original Starbucks version. Give this sweet treat a try and let us know what you think!


Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars


Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked

  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter

  • 2 large egg whites

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate

  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

For the Frosting:


  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted (Can use white chocolate chips as well)

  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch non-stick baking pan with cooking spray.

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and stir to blend.

  • In another bowl, whisk the sugars with the butter, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla until light and fluffy.

  • Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out.

  • Fold in white chocolate chips and 1/3 cup cranberries. Spread batter onto the baking pan using the back of a measuring cup to smooth evenly.

  • Bake 10 – 14 minutes, until the edges are light brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don’t over-bake or your bars will be dry. Let it cool completely on wire rack.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the frosting; in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well-blended. Frost bars and sprinkle with remaining cranberries.

  • Drizzle with the melted white chocolate.*To melt the chocolate, place in a microwave safe cup and heat 15 seconds; stir. Another 15 seconds; stir until the chocolate is melted.

  • When the chocolate sets, cut into 15 large squares (5 cuts by 3 cuts with the knife). Then cut each square in half diagonally to create triangles. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


This recipe is an original recipe from another site. To see the original, click here.

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