These White Chocolate Cranberry Crumb Bars are filled with a deliciously sweet and tart layer of cranberry filling made with real cranberries and topped with white chocolate and sugar cookie crumbs.
Tis the season for these White Chocolate Cranberry Crumb Bars.
Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all had a delicious and thankful Thanksgiving.
I must say our Thanksgiving was insanely delicious. For the first time EVER, I made smoked a turkey. I must say it was the absolute best turkey I ever had. I brined it for a full day in a concentrated cajun flavored brine and I injected the turkey with an amazing condiment called Creole Butter. I’m telling you all flavor couldn’t escape this turkey if it got up and ran back to the woods (funny?). Now that Thanksgiving is over, I am ready to get in my new kitchen, in my new house and start baking! I’m starting with these White Chocolate Cranberry Crumb Bars.
How these dessert bars were created
First, I must say these bars have been in the making for about a year. I know that seems to be a crazy long time to make a recipe that seems so easy. But I had to try to figure out how to find the perfect balance of the tartness of cranberries and the sweetness of another component. At first, I was going to take the Magic Bar approach and although that may have worked, I wasn’t sure if I would actually like them that much. So, as I was still overthinking how to make these bars, I decided to stop trying to be “fancy” and create these bars in a way that I know my audience, YOU ALL, would appreciate. So I used Sugar Cookie Mix as the layers for this simple dessert bar recipe. These bars are made a lot like my Salted Caramel Sugar Cookie Bars.
How these White Chocolate Cranberry Crumb Bars were made
Making these dessert bars are really quite simple. I started making a cranberry compote using fresh cranberries, sugar, and fresh orange juice to balance out the tartness. I put those ingredients in a pot and brought them to a simmer until the cranberries would start to break down and pop open. The most amazing thing happens when you make cranberries. Because cranberries are naturally rich in pectin, they don’t require a thickening agent like corn starch. I used the juice of an orange to help the cranberries break down and I also added a bit of the orange rind for more flavor. Don’t worry, the compote doesn’t have much of an orange flavor.
I used Sugar Cookie Mix to create the crust and the topping of these bars. It is important for me to point out that when using cookie mixes like this, it is a natural reaction, especially to us bakers, to bring the mix to a dough to form the cookies. However, you don’t want to do that when it comes to this recipe. What I did was simply stir in the egg into the batter and used my hands to break the butter into the mix without forming into a ball. You want the mixture to look crumbly. You could use a pastry cutter if you have one, but using your fingers is fine too.
These White Chocolate Cranberry Crumb Bars are perfect for holiday potlucks, family dinners, and for gifts as well. You know the holiday season is the perfect season to make baked goods and use them as gifts to give to your loved ones. You can bake these, put them in festive plastic treat bags, decorate them with holiday ribbon, and there you have an awesome Christmas gift!