Cranberry Orange Sugar Cookie Bars are soft and sweet with dried cranberries and orange zest in every delicous bite!
This is my favorite time of year. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I’m finding it difficult to not be able to do all of my normal Christmas stuff…the decorating and such, because we are still living in our RV and most of our stuff is in storage. I didn’t anticipate still being in the RV right now still waiting on our new home to be completed. But, such is life, right?
One thing I am still able to do, be it on a smaller scale, is my Christmas baking. Christmas Sweets Week is the last blog event I have going on this year, and I have five delicious recipes that I’m so excited to share with you. And of course, since I have such a love for the cranberry orange combo, I’m starting off with these Cranberry Orange Sugar Cookie Bars!
They are soft and sweet, with cranberries and orange flavor bursting in every bite. Then topped with a white chocolate drizzle and you have a Christmas dessert that everyone will love!
What it takes to make Cranberry Orange Sugar Cookie Bars
White Chocolate Chips
How to make Cranberry Orange Sugar Cookie Bars
Full Printable Recipe Below!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
Mix butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix, scraping down the sides as needed.
Add egg, orange juice and zest and mix until combined.
Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda and mix on low until dough forms.
Stir in cranberries and spread dough evenly into the prepared baking pan.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove and cool completely.
Add white chocolate chips and shortening to a medium bowl and melt in microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir, and heat an additional 15 seconds. Stir until completely melted.
Cut bars 4 x 4 to make 16 bars, and use a piping bag or spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the tops. Serve or store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
Can you freeze Cranberry Orange Sugar Cookie Bars?
You absolutely can! After you’ve baked and cooled them, you can cut and store in a resealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. To thaw, remove as many as you’d like and allow to come to room temp. Make and top with the white chocolate drizzle and serve.
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Cranberry Orange Sugar Cookie Bars
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp orange juice
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2. tsp shortening
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
- Mix butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Add egg, orange juice and zest and mix until combined.
- Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda and mix on low until dough forms.
- Stir in cranberries and spread dough evenly into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove and cool completely.
- Add white chocolate chips and shortening to a medium bowl and melt in microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir, and heat an additional 15 seconds. Stir until completely melted.
- Cut bars 4 x 4 to make 16 bars, and use a piping bag or spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the tops. Serve or store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
Welcome to #ChristmasSweetsWeek 2020! Co-hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with food and fun? 21 bloggers from around the country have come together to share some of their favorite sweet Christmas recipes!! Deck the halls and get ready for very merry sweet treats, like fudge, cookies, Christmas morning breakfasts, layer cakes, cocoa, and more! Follow along on social media with our #ChristmasSweetsWeek hashtag. Happy Holidays!
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Star Bread by House of Nash Eats
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Bourbon Caramels with Chocolate and Vanilla by Christmas Tree Lane
Chocolate Peppermint Graham Crackers by Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog
Spiced Sugared Pecans by Love & Confections
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Blue Curaco Velvet Cake by Magical Ingredients
Cranberry Orange Sugar Cookie Bars by Sweet Beginnings
Egg Nog Ice Cream by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Hazelnut & Raspberry Balsamic Brownie Cookies by The Spiffy Cookie
Hot Chocolate Sweet Rolls by Kate’s Recipe Box
Lemon Ricotta Cookies by A Little Fish in the Kitchen Lemon
Peanut Butter Cut Outs by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Pecan Crusted Pecan Pie by The Mandatory Mooch
Peppermint Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies by An Affair from the Heart
Pioneer Woman’s Nantucket Cranberry Pecan Pie by For the Love of Food