White Chocolate and Nutmeg Bars

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If the festive colors in these treats don't excite you, the delightful harmony of fruit and chocolate will get you warming the oven in no time.

White Chocolate and Nutmeg Bars
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Yield:
24 bars

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 cup packed brown sugar

  • cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¾ cup dried cranberries

  • 1 ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped white chocolate (3 ounces)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over pan edges. Lightly coat foil with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl, combine flour, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Stir in eggs, one at a time, into slightly cooled mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in dried cranberries. Spread batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle batter with fresh cranberries. Bake in the preheated oven about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle top of bars with white chocolate.

  3. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Using the foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.

Tips

Place bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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