Monday, November 10, 2014

White Chocolate Cran-Apple Bars

I have the biggest sweet tooth and would fully agree that sweets and desserts are an important part of any day. With Thanksgiving on the brain, I'm sharing a recipe for White Chocolate Cran-Apple Bars that will knock your socks off. I think cranberry is good in just about anything and it's phenomenal in these fall bars! 

  • What You'll Need
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
    • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 2 sticks of butter
    • 1 block cream cheese
    • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 cups white chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1 TSP vanilla
    • 1 can Ocean Spray whole cranberries
    • 1 Granny Smith Apple
    • 2 TSP sugar

  • What You'll Do
    • In a food processor, purée the can of whole cranberries. Then add the peeled and sliced apple. Purée again, until smooth. Next add the two teaspoons of sugar. Purée and set aside.
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar. Cut butter into chuncks and add to the flour mixture. Using your hands or a pastry blender, cut the butter into the mixture until it is crumbly. 
    • Next stir in the white chocolate chips. 
    • Measure out 2 1/2 cups of this flour mixture and set aside.
    • Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of a greased 13 x 9 pan, pressing firmly with your fingers.
    • In a separate bowl, whip (I used a hand mixer) together the cream cheese until creamy. Then add the condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix again. Pour the mixture over the crust.
    • Spoon the cran-apple purée over the condensed milk layer, and spread it out evenly. 
    • Sprinkle the reserved flour mixture/crumble on top. 
    • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the center is set. 
    • Serve hot or let cool completely and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. 

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