Cranberry Bliss Bars

Here is a copy cat recipe we found for Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars.  We changed and tweeked the recipe a little to fit the ingredients we had on hand.  They are yummy!!!



1 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

`1/3 cup white sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons orange juice

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 cup dried cranberries

3/4 cup white chocolate chips


3 ounces softened cream cheese

2 Tablespoons butter, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

zest from one orange


1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

1/3 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon canola oil

DSC01668Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 10×15 baking sheet with parchment paper.  With an electric mixer, blend together butter, and sugars until light and fluffy.

DSC01669Blend in eggs, orange juice and vanilla.

DSC01670In a separate bowl, blend together dry ingredients before adding to creamed mixture.  Add in cranberries and chips.

DSC01671Spread batter onto the prepared cookie sheet.  The mixture will be very thick.  Bake 20-24 minutes until the edges are light brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool well before adding frosting.

DSC01672For the frosting, blend cream cheese and butters, then add in powdered sugar, vanilla and orange zest until creamy.

DSC01673Frost cooled bars.  Chop the dried cranberries and sprinkle over the bars.  Combine the white chocolate chips and oil and melt in the microwave in 15 minute intervals.  Drizzle over the bars.  Cut into triangles and serve.

Individual Orange Pudding Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee

This is a quick, easy dessert.  The nice thing about it is that it is made with pantry staple ingredients


2 eggs

1/4 cup sugar

1 orange, juiced and zested

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

DSC01476Preheat oven toe 325 degrees.  Put a tea kettle of water on to boil.

DSC01478Separate the eggs, putting the whites in a larger bowl.

DSC01479Using a mixer, beat the whites until they form stiff peaks.

DSC01480Zest the orange.

DSC01481Squeeze the juice from the orange.

DSC01482Add the sugar to the egg yolks and beat until dissolved.  The color should turn pale yellow.

DSC01483Add the orange zest and juice.

DSC01484Sift the flour and salt and add to the egg yolk mixture.

DSC01485Add the milk and stir until combined.

DSC01486Gently fold in the egg whites.

DSC01487Spray ramekins with cooking spray and place in a casserole dish.  Spoon pudding  into ramekins .  Add boiling water until it reaches halfway up the ramekins.  Bake until set 20-22 minutes.

DSC01489Allow to cool a bit before serving.  Voila!


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Set a tea kettle filled with water on the stove and bring to a boil.  Spray 4 ramekins with cooking spray.

Separate the eggs, putting the whites in a larger bowl.  Whip the egg whites until the hold stiff peaks.  Set aside.  to the yolks, add the sugar and beat until the sugar is dissolved and the color has turned pale yellow.  Add the orange zest and juice.  Sift the flour and salt and mix in well.  Add the milk and stir until combined.

Fold the whites into the yold mixture.  Divide the batter among the ramekins.  Place ramekins into a  baking dish and pour in hot water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins.  Bake the pudding cakes until set, 20-22 minutes.  Remove ramekins from the water bath and allow to cool a bit before serving.