This recipe is an adaptation of Starbucks popular cranberry bliss bars! These bars are a lot lower in sugar and fat than the store bought version, and so much less expensive to make!

Yields 2 dozen

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup not packed brown sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
2 egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries
8 oz low fat cream cheese
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted white chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper, leaving two edges of parchment hanging out to use to lift them out later on.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the sugars with the butter, egg whites, apple sauce, and vanilla until it is lighter in colour and fluffy.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the bowl with the mixer on low until everything is well combined.
  5. Add in the chocolate chips and cranberries and then transfer the dough into the prepared cake pan and press down flat with a spatula.
  6. Place in oven and bake for around 15 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Once out of the oven let cool completely and then lift it out onto a wire rack.
  7. While its cooling make the icing by combining the cream cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla in an electric mixer and beat for 2 minutes.
  8. Spread the icing on the cooled bars and then drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle the dried cranberries on top.
  9. Place in the fridge, and once set slice the bars 3 cuts by 2 cuts and then slice each rectangle in half to make triangles.