White Chocolate Cranberry-Orange Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min. + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: Nov. 13, 2022
This is my take on my mother's recipe for chocolate chunk bars, which she made every Christmas Eve. Our family is scattered across the country now; making these reminds me of home. If you don't have a pastry cutter, you can use two sharp knifes or a potato masher. My mom makes this with semisweet chocolate chunks. —Erin Powell, Amarillo, Texas
White Chocolate Cranberry-Orange Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1-1/2 cups white baking chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil. In a bowl, mix flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake until light golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. For filling, whisk together egg, milk, orange zest and extract until blended; stir in baking chips and cranberries. Spread evenly over crust. Bake until top is golden brown, 20-25 minutes longer. Cool 15 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Lifting with foil, remove bars from pan. Gently peel off foil. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.

Can you freeze White Chocolate Cranberry-Orange Bars?

Freeze cooled bars in freezer containers, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, thaw before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 214 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.