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Cranberry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cranberry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cranberry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 large 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


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; gradually beat into creamed mixture.

Fold in baking chips, cranberries and walnuts.

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Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in.

baking pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.

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.

Nutrition Facts 1 bar:

  • 166 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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