Cranberry White Chocolate Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange zest
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 6 oz. (about 3/4 cup) white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon candied ginger, finely minced
  • Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
  • Topping:
  • 1/2- 2/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 2 ounces white chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan and then place parchment paper inside spanning the width and allowing it to hang over the sides. This acts as a sling to help lift the bars from the pan.
  3. Using a medium sized bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, ginger, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set bowl aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla, and orange zest mixing well.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture and blend until combined. Do not over mix!
  7. Stir in cranberries, white chocolate chips and candied ginger.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  9. Bake 30 minutes until edges are light brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Let bars cool prior to frosting.
  11. Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  12. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and orange juice.
  13. Beat about 1 minute until fully incorporated.
  14. Spread the cream cheese frosting onto the bars and sprinkle with dried cranberries.
  15. Drizzle with melted white chocolate.
  16. Chill for 2 hours.
  17. Remove from pan and cut into squares or triangles.