A Better for You Cranberry Bliss Bar


For the Bars -

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

For the Frosting -
8 oz - 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

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooling spray.
2.  To make the bars; in a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir well. 
3.  Using a second bowl combine the granulated sugar and brown sugar with the butter, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla.  Whisk until light and fluffy.
4.  Add the dry ingredients slowly to the sugar mixture.  Mix well.  Should be smooth. 
5.  Fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries.  Spread the batter into the baking pan.  Make smooth.
6.  Bake bars for 10-14 minutes.  Edges should be light brown.  Do not over bake! 
7. To prepare the frosting;  In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until well blended using an electric hand mixer. 
8.  Once bars are completely cool.  Frost them with the frosting.  Add another 1/3 cup chopped cranberries on top of the frosting. 
9.  Melt the white chocolate in the microwave.  Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the bars/cranberries. 
10. Let the white chocolate set before cutting the bars.
11.  Once set, cut into triangles for serving.   Enjoy!