Around this time of year I always get excited for my favorite treat at Starbucks: Cranberry Bliss Bars! A few years ago, I attempted to make them at home and remember loving the, so this weekend while I was in TN, I tried again!
They are actually super simple to make. The white chocolate “drizzle” is more challenging since the chocolate seizes up pretty quickly, but I did more “dallop” than “drizzle” haha! These are a huge hit, and if you cut them into little triangles, no one will know the Starbucks version versus yours!
Cranberry Bliss Bars
Makes 2 1/2 dozen
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, cubed
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
- 6 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used white chocolate chips)
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Prepare the blondie layer: Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl, and set aside.
- Place the butter, dark brown sugar, and white sugar into a small saucepan. Cook on medium low heat, stirring frequently until the butter and sugars melt and start to bubble (do not let the mixture boil), about 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Transfer cooled butter mixture to a medium bowl, and whisk in whole egg and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in the melted chocolate and cranberries. Transfer batter to the prepared pan, and bake for 24-28 minutes, until golden and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Prepare the frosting: In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until well-blended. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Cut into bars- square or triangle-shaped. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Coat / Shirt / Jeans /Loafers
I’ve always been a loafer kinda gal and on a recent trip to Zara I find my new favorite pair! I have gotten so many compliments on these that I had to share!
I’ve worn them nonstop since I’ve gotten them and love, love, love them!
Sweater (similar)/ Jeans / Necklace / Loafers
Another pair I love are these from Nordstrom (and only $110!):
You guys, I had the most INSANE time ever exploring the Martha Stewart offices in NYC during my last trip. My boss works in the same building as Martha, so a few of us got a private tour. It was everything you wanted it to be and more! There were people decorating cookies for Valentine’s Day and placing individual sprinkles on cake! There were hundreds of props including platters, chairs, and silverware. It was an unbelievable experience.
I got this cute black dress from Nordstrom Rack and have gotten SO many compliments on it. Paired with my favorite loafers, it was the perfect NYC outfit. Q asked me if I forgot how to put my jacket on, HAHA, men! Happy Shopping!
Dress: Iro / Jacket: J. Crew / Loafers: Halogen
It is hard to believe that Q and I moved to Tennessee over a year ago! We bought our home knowing it wouldn’t be as big of a project as our Georgia house was (hello kitchen reno), but that we would make some small changes that would make a difference. Here are two tiny ones that made a HUGE difference.
1 Removing carpet from the stairs and the upstairs. Old carpet is yucky. Taking up carpet is easy. Taking up the nails is not. We decided to stain the tread on the stairs with a black stain and paint the riser with glossy white paint. The verdict is still out on whether we are going to put a glossy finish on the black stain or not as we don’t want to make the stairs slippery. The entry way is now lighter (from the white walls too),
2. Replacing an ugly fireplace mantle with wood. This fireplace was always an eyesore in our TV room. It was gold, had an outdated mantle, and an odd perch on top of it for fake flowers? (I think). We had leftover wood flooring from when we changed the flooring upstairs from carpet to wood and decided to use those panels to create the wall. We also removed the weird mantle and painted the fireplace all black. We used large gray tiles to replace the bright red tiles on the floor in front of the fireplace. The photos don’t even do the wood and the wall justice. It takes up such a huge presence in our room and makes the room look so much more modern. (More photos to come).
We are also couch shopping, which is very difficult when one of you is currently in another country and cannot see or sit on any of the sofas! But the strong willed woman I am chose what I think will be a perfect choice for our family (not this one, but something similar in a lighter color)!