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White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

Dessert bars filled with white chocolate chips, pecans and cranberry sauce, a festive treat for the holidays.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry bliss bars, white chocolate cranberry bars
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 servings
Calories 269kcal
Author Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird


  • 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10-12 oz white chocolate chips divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 14 oz whole cranberry sauce


  • Line a 9 X 13 baking pan with foil, extending 1 inch above the sides of the pan. Lightly coat with cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.
  • In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  • In standing mixer, cream butter and brown sugar on medium speed until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and beat on low until well mixed. Reserve 1 cup of dough mixture and set aside.
  • Stir 1 cup of white chips into dough in the mixing bowl, then spread dough into bottom of prepared pan. Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 15 - 17 minutes.
  • While crust is in the oven, combine reserved dough, remaining white chips, and chopped pecans until evenly mixed. I used my hands, easier. In small bowl, stir cranberry sauce to loosen. Carefully spread cranberry sauce over partially baked crust. With your fingers, dot pecan mixture over top.
  • Return pan to oven and bake until set and golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Use foil to lift bars out of pan to cutting board. Cut into bars.


Makes 2 dozen bars
These freeze really nicely! Slice first, then freeze.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg