Larks: Cranberry Bliss Bars
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
1 cup 2 Tbsp white chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries
Frosting and Topping
1 ½ cups white chocolate chips, melted and divided
6 ounces cream cheese, softened (whipped or light may be used)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
6 Tbsp dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 9x13” pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
In a sauce pan, melt the butter.
To the melted butter add the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and stir to combine.
Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined.
Fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries.
Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or offset knife if necessary.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center is set and golden, edges begin to slightly pull away from sides of pan, and a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow bars to cool before frosting them.
While they cool, make the frosting.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate on high power, about 1 minute, reheating in 10-second intervals, or until it can be stirred smooth.
You may use a double boiler on the stove also.
To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese, about three-quarters of the melted white chocolate (about 3/4 cup, just eyeball it), confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and beat until smooth and fluffy.
Start by mixing on low speed so sugar doesn't spray, and then beat on medium-high for about 3 minutes.
Mixture will seem stiff at first but will loosen and fluff up after 2 to 3 minutes of beating on medium-high; stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Frost the bars.
Evenly sprinkle cranberries over the top of the frosted bars.
Evenly drizzle bars with remaining melted white chocolate, reheating for a few seconds in the microwave if it has set up.
Allow bars to set up for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.