Snack Like a Southerner: Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars

(skinnytaste)

Ingredients:
For Cookies:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (Gold Metal)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

For Frosting:

  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted*
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step One: 
"In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and stir to blend."

Step Two:
"In another bowl, whisk the sugars with the butter, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla until light and fluffy."


Step Three:
"Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out."

Step Four:
"Fold in white chocolate chips and 1/3 cup cranberries. Spread batter onto the baking pan using the back of a measuring cup to smooth evenly."

Step Five:
"Bake 10 - 14 minutes, until the edges are light brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don't over-bake or your bars will be dry. Let it cool completely on wire rack."

 
Step Six:
"Meanwhile, prepare the frosting; in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well-blended. Frost bars and sprinkle with remaining cranberries. Drizzle with the melted white chocolate."


"*To melt the chocolate, place in a microwave safe cup and heat 15 seconds; stir. Another 15 seconds; stir until the chocolate is melted."

Step Seven:
"When the chocolate sets, cut into 15 large squares (5 cuts by 3 cuts with the knife). Then cut each square in half diagonally to create triangles. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve."


 

Holiday Hoedown Part 1: Food and Drink

It's the most wonderful time of year! Which means it's time for wonderful parties. Check out these super cool recipes for the best party appetizers, dishes, meals, desserts, drinks and more!

Appetizers and Snacks:

Snowflake Mix
(midwestliving)

Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
(chef-in-training)

Pita Trees
(topinspired)

Baked Bacon Cheese Onion Dip
(shewearsmanyhats)

Cheese Tree
(cabot)

Whipped Feta and Spinach Dip
(thebuddingtable)

Christmas Caprese Wreath Salad
(huffingtonpost) 

Cheddar Ranch Cheese Dip
(sohowsittaste)

Christmas Penguins
(emilybirt)

Holiday Appetizer Wreath
(keyingredient)

Buffalo Chicken Dip with Zucchini
(lifemadesweeter)

Fruit Tree
(ginger-and-garlic)

Spinach Artichoke Dip
(thekitchenpaper)

Cheese Reindeer
(cutefoodforkids)

Pigs in a Blanket Wreath
(freefunchristmas)

Snowman Hard Boiled Eggs
(roxyskitchen)

Snowman Cheeseball
(cutefoodforkids)

Santa Claus Crackers
(marthastewart)

Mini Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups
(tablespoon)

Grinch Kabobs
(nourishingminimalism)

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans
(fireflytales)

Pizza Stockings
(pillsbury)

Soft Pretzel Bites
(twopeasandtheirpod)

Pepperoni Caprese Bites
(authenticburbangourmet)

Cheddar Bay Biscuits
(damndelicious)

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites
(damndelicious)

 

Side Dishes:

Baked Potato Snowman
(annabelkarmel)

Creamed Spinach Gratin
(ezrapoundcake)

Mashed Potatoes
(southernliving)

Green Bean Casserole
(campbells)

Stove Top Spinach Balls
(kraft)

Garlic and Rosemary Skillet Bread
(yellowblissroad)

Corn and Bacon Casserole
(lilluna)

Broccoli Casserole
(kristineskitchenblog)

Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary and Garlic
(yellowblissroad)

Peeta's Stuffed Cheese Buns
(yammiesnoshery)

Cream Cheese and Parmesan Asparagus Bundles
(lilluna)

Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans
(rachelschultz)

Herb Stuffing
(thehungryhousewife)

Savory Butternut Squash Soup
(town-n-country-living)

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms
(lovefoodies)

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta
(peasandcrayons) 

Buttermilk Cornbread
(chefnextdoorblog)

Two-Potato Gratin
(simplysated)

Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon
(hunwhatsfordinner)

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Caluiflower
(reneskitchenadventures)

Italian Savory Pie
(plattertalk)

 

Dinner:

Baked Rigatoni with Beef
(williams-sonoma)

Meatballs
(bettycrocker)

Home-style Roast Beef Sandwiches with Gravy
(foodnetwork)

Prime Rib
(hubpages)

Old Fashioned Holiday Ham
(foodnetwork)

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken
(tablespoon)

Stuffed Pork Chops with Roasted Grapes
(foodiecrush)

Torsi's Turkey
(food52)

Shrimp Scampi
(damndelicious)

Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream
(bhg)

Tuscan Roast Pork
(food52)

Old Fashion Roast Turkey
(bettycrocker)

Salisbury Steak
(sixsistersstuff)

Pecan Glazed Brown Sugar Pork Loin
(rockerecipes)

Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing
(bhg)

 

Dessert:

Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip
(foodfolksandfun)

Pie Pops
(celebrationsathomeblog)

FunFetti Christmas Cookies
(the36thavenue)

Candycane Marshmallow Dip
(laurenslatest)

Salted Caramel Nut Brittle
(completelydelicious)

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball(martysmusings)

Gingerbread Cheesecakes
(cookiemonstercooking)

Pretzel Wreaths
(pillsbury)

"Healthy" Buckeyes
(halfbakedharvest)

Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters
(lexieskitchen)

Cinnamon Baked Apple
(buzzfeed)

Eggnog Pudding
(anediblemosaic)

Rum Balls
(tasteofhome)

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
(lovegrowswild)

Gingerbread Cookies
(foodnetwork)

Candy Cane Kiss Brownies
(lovegrowswild)

Peppermint Bark
(sallysbakingaddiction)

White Chocolate Ginger Snaps
(cookingclassy)

Soft and Chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
(thedomesticrebel)

Three Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies
(chewoutloud)

Drinks:

Ginger Eggnog Fizz
(babble)

30+ Fun Holiday Cocktails
(afamilyfeast)

17 Boozy Ice Cream Treats You Can Make This Holiday
(buzzfeed)

Eggnog Latte
(babble)

23 Holiday Punches You Need to Make This Christmas
(buzzfeed)