Allez Blanche Orange Cranberry Bars

Allez Blanche Orange Cranberry Cookie Bars

These cranberry cookie bars combine two beloved holiday flavors atop a delicious soft crust with cream cheese icing.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Bar
Servings: 8 dozen

Ingredients

Part 1: Cookie Bar

  • 1 1/2 cup Brown sugar ( packed )
  • 1 cup Butter ( melted )
  • 2 Large eggs ( room temperature )
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Allez Blanche 30% White Couverture Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Dried cranberries ( coarsely chopped )
  • 1 cup Chopped pecans ( toasted )
  • 1/4 cup Grated orange zest

Part 2: Frosting

  • 8 oz Cream cheese ( softened )
  • 1 cup Confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter ( softened )
  • 3 tbsp Grated orange zest ( divided )
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Dried cranberries ( coarsely chopped )

Instructions

Part 1: Method - Cookie Bar

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Stir in baking chips, cranberries, pecans and orange zest.
  • Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Part 2: Method - Frosting

  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, butter, 1 tablespoon zest and vanilla; beat until smooth.

Part 3: Assembly

  • Spread frosting over cookie bars. Combine dried cranberries and remaining 2 tablespoons zest; sprinkle over frosting. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into triangles. Store in the refrigerator.

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