It's always about this time of year that the local Starbucks starts offering their tempting Cranberry Bliss Bars which my husband loves! I saw this recipe and knew I had to give it a try. These were so, so easy because they're made with a pre-packaged dry sugar cookie mix which can be found in the baking aisle.
One note I made for next time around was to increase the cranberry mixture. I would recommend 1/4 cup more cranberries and another tbsp. of butter. I also added an extra 1/4 white chocolate chips and I wouldn't be against adding even a bit more next time! Just don't forget to increase the oil a tad bit too. I took the easy way out and melted my chips and oil in a glass Pyrex measuring cup and just drizzled on with a spoon. The plastic bag seemed like a bit too much work for me. Enjoy!
|1||pouch Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix|
|1/3||cup butter or margarine, melted|
|1/3||cup butter or margarine|
|1/4||cup packed brown sugar|
|1||cup sweetened dried cranberries|
|1||cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped|
|1/2||cup white vanilla baking chips|
- Blend cookie mix, 1/3 cup butter and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350°F 15 minutes.
- Heat 1/3 cup butter, brown sugar and cranberries over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Spoon and spread cranberry mixture evenly over partially baked cookie base. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely.
- In resealable freezer plastic bag, mix baking chips and oil; seal bag. Microwave on High 30 to 45 seconds, squeezing mixture in bag every 15 seconds until smooth. Cut 1/4-inch top from corner of bag; drizzle over bars.