Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sharalee's Version of Cranberry Bliss Bars

A wonderful friend, Debbie, introduced me to these scrumptious bars at Starbucks.  They were SO delectable that I decided to embark on an experiment to re-create them with a quick and easy recipe.  Here's what I came up with....and, if the empty platter at my last party is any indication, they were a complete hit! :-)  Try them and let me know what you think!

Cake Ingredients:
1 - Spice Cake Mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup vanilla chips
Frosting Ingredients:
1 - can Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting
2 - tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup vanilla chips
1 tsp vegetable oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix cake mix, butter & eggs in a large bowl with a spoon.  Fold in cranberries & vanilla chips.  Spread evenly in the bottom of a greased*, 13x9 inch or 7 x 11 inch pan.  Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until center is done but not dry!  Do not over bake!!!

After cake has cooled, mix lemon juice into frosting and spread about 3/4 of the can of frosting on the top of the cake.  Sprinkle with cranberries.  Microwave vanilla chips and oil at 20 second intervals until melted.  Drizzle on top of cranberries.  Cut into bars.

*Note:  Save some time by lining your pan Reynolds Nonstick Pan Lining Paper.  It has parchment paper on one side and foil on the other.  Makes removal of the bars and cleanup a snap!

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