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gluten free cranberry bliss bars

Gluten-Free Cranberry Bliss Bars

Servings 12 bars

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup room temperature salted butter
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar or sucanat
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • Frosting
  • 1 package room temperature cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp orange or lemon extract
  • 6 ounces white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Butter your 9x13 baking dish.
  • Beat butter and brown sugar together until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, ginger and salt beat well. Gradually add baking powder and flour until smooth.
  • Melt the first 6 ounces of white chocolate in a double boiler. Then mix in cranberries and melted white chocolate into the batter by hand.
  • Pour batter into a well greased 9X13 baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly across the pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until it is light brown on the edges.  Allow the brownie to cool completely before frosting.
  • Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until well blended.
  • Melt the remaining 6 ounces of white chocolate in the double boiler again. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate, zest and extract - beat until smooth.
  • Frost brownies and sprinkle with cranberries.  Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate over the top.