I wanted to call these Michael Buble Bliss Bars (because what’s more blissy than Michael Buble’s Christmas CD?) but I figured there might be issues.
Whatever you call them, these are Bliss Bars all dressed up for the holidays – cranberries, white chocolate, spices and a hint of orange cozy together under a blanket of cream cheese frosting.
Bake up a batch of these to share. (If you know Michael Buble, share them with him.)
You’ll be happy you did.
- 1/2 cup / 125 ml butter melted
- 3/4 cup / 187.5 ml brown sugar
- 1/4 cup / 60 ml granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup / 60 ml molasses
- 2 teaspoons / 10 ml orange zest
- 1 egg
- 2 cups / 500 ml all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon / 5 ml baking soda
- 2 teaspoons / 10 ml cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon / 5 ml ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon / 1.25 ml cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon / 1.25 ml nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon / 1.25 ml ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon / 2.5 ml salt
- 1/2 cup / 125 ml dried cranberries chopped (reserve 2 tablespoons / 30 ml for sprinkling on top of frosting)
- 1/2 cup / 125 ml white chocolate chips chopped up slightly to make into smaller pieces
- 4 ounces / 125 g cream cheese 1/2 of a regular package
- 1/4 cup / 60 ml butter softened
- 2 cups / 500 ml icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon / 5 ml orange zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F / 176 degrees C.
Grease a 9x13-inch / 23x33 cm pan.
In mixing bowl, stir together butter and brown and granulated sugar until thoroughly mixed.
Beat in orange rind, molasses and egg until smooth.
In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, pepper and salt.
Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and stir together. When the flour is almost completely incorporated, add the cranberries and white chocolate and mix gently until they are evenly distributed.
Spread dough into prepared pan.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Do not overbake. The bars should not be hard. They will be very dense.
Remove from the oven and let pan cool on a wire rack.
The center of the bars will drop as they cool, leaving the edges higher. You can trim these off, if you prefer, or leave them.
While the bars are baking, beat together the cream cheese and butter until thoroughly blended. Add the icing sugar and orange zest and beat until smooth.
When bars are completely cool, frost with the prepared icing.