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Cranberry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

 Cranberry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
When I place a pan of these bars in the teachers' lounge and come back after the last bell, the pan is always empty. I'd say that's a good thing. White chocolate chips and cranberries make them extra special. —Mirella Hackett, Chandler, Arizona
48 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs, sour cream and
  • extracts. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt;

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Cranberry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • gradually beat into creamed mixture. Fold in baking chips,
  • cranberries and walnuts. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking
  • pan.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out
  • clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla
  • until smooth. Beat in confectioners' sugar; spread over top.
  • Sprinkle with cranberries. Cut into bars or triangles. Refrigerate
  • leftovers. Yield: 4 dozen.
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