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White Chocolate Cranberry-Orange Bars

This is my take on my mother's recipe for chocolate chunk bars, which she made every Christmas Eve. Our family is scattered across the country now; making these reminds me of home. If you don't have a pastry cutter, you can use two sharp knifes or a potato masher. My mom makes this with semisweet chocolate chunks. —Erin Powell, Amarillo, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1-1/2 cups white baking chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil. In a bowl, mix flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake until light golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, whisk together egg, milk, orange zest and extract until blended; stir in baking chips and cranberries. Spread evenly over crust. Bake until top is golden brown, 20-25 minutes longer. Cool 15 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Lifting with foil, remove bars from pan. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled bars in freezer containers, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, thaw before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 214 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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