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Tis the season to be jolly! Yes I love Christmas, I love the atmosphere. I love the decorations. I love wrapping up presents, and of course, I love Christmas baking. I found this recipe on Daily Top 9 by food buzz. Cranberries are my top ingredients to bake with during this wonderful season because of its jolly red colour! I added the chopped up pistachios to the cranberry cream cheese topping to give these bars more Christmas feel (green and red). I will be bringing these yummy treats to our second annual secrete santa party =) but last in our undergrad years =(. I am also making Tiramisu crepe cake for this party which will also be posted in the near future. Hehe, get your taste buds ready!

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Cranberry bliss bars (adapted from: Bite by Bite)

Ingredients
For Cake Base:
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
1/3 cup Baker’s White Chocolate, chopped

For Frosting:
4 oz softened cream cheese
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup chopped cranberries
¼ cup of chopped pistachios

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together for the cake base, and add eggs/vanilla beating until fluffy. Sift together flour, ginger, and salt and then add to the butter/sugar mixture beating well. Fold in the cranberries and chocolate. Spread thick batter in pan and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden.
  3. When cake is cooled, mix cream cheese, sugar, butter, and vanilla together. Fold in cranberries and pistachios and spread a thin layer over the cake. Cut in to triangle pieces.

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