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Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars

A blondie cookie bar with chunks of white chocolate chips and dried cranberries, topped with sweet cream cheese icing, tart dried cranberries and white chocolate drizzle  – perfect for the holidays!

I got a request this year to lighten Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars – this make-over turned out excellent! I was able to cut the fat and calories by more than HALF, yet they still taste indulgent. The original bar is 340 calories with 19 grams of fat; this lighter version is just 149 calories with 5 grams of fat (4 points plus).

Last year I attempted to make these light but didn’t have much success. I had used whole wheat flour and I believe that was my demise – it gave the bars an unpleasant texture and scent that I really didn’t enjoy. 

This time I used Gold Metal all purpose flour and the results were excellent. This is dessert after all, and although I try to use whole grains in all my meals, it doesn’t always work when baking. If you need a dessert for a holiday party, these are great. Leave them refrigerated until ready to serve.

Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 30 • Size: 1 bar • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 149 • Fat: 5 g • Protein: 2 g • Carb: 24 g • Fiber: 0 g • Sugar: 17 g
Sodium: 47 mg • Cholesterol: 5 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (Gold Metal)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted*
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch non-stick baking pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and stir to blend.

In another bowl, whisk the sugars with the butter, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions
until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more
“crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if
needed) until it smooths out.

Fold in white chocolate chips and 1/3 cup cranberries. Spread batter onto the baking pan using the back of a measuring cup to smooth evenly.

Bake 10 – 14 minutes, until the edges are light brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don’t over-bake or your bars will be dry. Let it cool completely on wire rack.
Meanwhile, prepare the frosting; in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well-blended. Frost bars and sprinkle with remaining cranberries. Drizzle with the melted white chocolate.

*To melt the chocolate, place in a microwave safe cup and heat 15 seconds; stir. Another 15 seconds; stir until the chocolate is melted.

When the chocolate sets, cut into 15 large squares (5 cuts by 3 cuts with the knife). Then cut each square in half diagonally to create triangles. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

by Pam on November 17, 2013

I made an early Thanksgiving meal today. My daughter helped me in the kitchen for a few of the recipes and it was so much fun cooking with her! She prepared this cranberry sauce we found at MyRecipes[1] all by herself. It was easy to make, smelled fantastic while it simmered, and tasted wonderful. The spices added a nice flavor to this sauce and really made it taste extra special.

Remove the zest from the oranges; set aside. Rinse the cranberries in a strainer.

Combine the sugar, orange juice, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cranberries to a saucepan then bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low then cook 10-12 minutes or until cranberries pop. Remove from heat; stir in zest. Cool completely. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

 



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Spiced Cranberry Sauce




Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.



Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 3 oranges)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Dash of ground cloves
1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
1 tbsp grated orange zest

Directions:

Remove the zest from the oranges; set aside. Rinse the cranberries in a strainer.

Combine the sugar, orange juice, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cranberries to a saucepan then bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low then cook 10-12 minutes or until cranberries pop. Remove from heat; stir in zest. Cool completely. Serve chilled or at room temperature.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by My Recipes

 

 

References

  1. ^ MyRecipes (www.myrecipes.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Maple Walnut Cranberry Sauce – I’m Fine Now, But I Used to Be Nuts

It funny how certain food memories stick in your brain, and this maple walnut cranberry sauce is the result of one such remembrance. I can’t tell you when or where, but sometime during my formative years I saw a cranberry sauce loaded with chopped walnuts, and I totally freaked. 

Not outwardly, as I have a decent poker face, but inside I was like, “what the hell is that?” That’s how it was for me early in life. If I saw a food prepared differently from the way I’d always seen it, I just assumed it was a terrible idea. Like ketchup on a hot dog…okay, so I happened to be right that time, but generally it’s not a great attitude to have.


As I pondered this season’s annual Thanksgiving cranberry sauce, and which styles I hadn’t tried yet, I remembered how off-putting that walnut-studded version was, and I decided to face my demons. I’m happy to report, as usual, I was totally wrong. It works perfectly.

Besides the nuts, I really enjoyed the job the maple syrup did sweetening the acidic berries. I recommend using a Grade B maple syrup if you can find it. It’s darker and thicker, and boasts a stronger maple flavor, so it’s the preferred syrup for cooking and baking by those in the know (also know as, “Canadians”).

So, if you’re looking for new and exciting cranberry sauce recipe this holiday season, I hope you give this a try. You’d be nuts not to. Enjoy!


Maple Walnut Cranberry Sauce Ingredients:
(makes about 2 cups)
1 (12 oz) package fresh cranberries, washed
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup port wine
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp orange zest
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped walnut, toasted a light golden-brown

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