Cranberry White Chocolate Bars Top Best Cookie Swap Cookies for Christmas

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 Best Cookie Swap Cookies For Christmas: Cranberry White Chocolate Bars!

I love seasonal ingredients and my Cranberry White Chocolate Bars make the best Christmas cookies. I know you are invited to a holiday party or need some new cookie swap ideas?  You probably don’t have an extra minute in the day so I have the holiday cookie solution with my best cookie swap cookies. I’ve heard them called Magic Cranberry Bar cookies and that’s because they disappear off the plate.  With dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and pecans, it doesn’t get much better.  Except, they take only about 5 minutes to make!  These festive cranberry white chocolate recipe is from my fun cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen with trendy, simple healthy easy recipes.

Cranberry White Chocolate Bars- from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age      

Holiday ingredients for easy festive cranberry bar cookies. Tart cranberries, sweet white chocolate, the spice of ginger and nuts pack this delicious dessert with wholesome vitamins and minerals – perfect to indulge in while staying fit this holiday season. And, this recipe is also diabetic-friendly!! I like bar cookies as they are made in one pan and you are done! In fact, I think I make so many pans of this recipe during the holiday season because they are the perfect holiday bars!

48 servings

1 1/2 cups gingersnap crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries or craisins
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup of (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat oven 350° F. Coat 13x9x2-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In prepared pan, mix gingersnaps, butter, and vanilla; press into pan.
3. Sprinkle cranberries, white chocolate chips, and pecans evenly over gingersnap crust. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over top. Bake 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and light brown.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 57 Calories from fat 42% Fat 3g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 4mg Sodium 34mg Carbohydrate 8g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 6g Protein 1g Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

Simple To Make with Holiday Ingredients for Best Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies Recipe

gingersnap crust for cranberry white chocolate bars-my favorite cranberry cookiesStart with gingersnaps which are easy to find this time of year. I like to crush them in the food processor but you can do it however you want. These gingerbread snaps form your crust.

Next step is to combine the ginger snap crumbs with butter and then sprinkle with the cranberries, white chocolate, and pecans. Then, drizzle the fat-free sweetened condensed milk on top and you’re ready to bake.

Layer ingredients in the pan and drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.  Pop in the oven and that is it!

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cranberry cookies recipe for 7 layer cranberry white chocolate bars

Best Cookie Swap Cookies Recipe Also Makes Perfect Holiday Homemade Gifts

I turn to this favorite cranberry white chocolate bars for friends and family this time of year. For a quick and delicious gift, just cut the cranberry cookies bars into squares, wrap with plastic wrap and tie with a holiday ribbon. From teachers to coaches, neighbors to doctors, give the delicious gift of nutrition this holiday season! If you have had Hello Dollies, then these cranberry bar cookies are my holiday version with cranberries, white chocolate, pecans and gingersnaps.

Too Hot in the Kitchen Has So Many Simple Sassy Recipes
Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age - 200 Simple and Sassy RecipesToo Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age – 200 Simple and Sassy Recipes

I know I have a lot of cookbooks but honestly, people who have this Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook say it is their favorite cookbook. Probably because the recipes are a little more trendy and the chapters are just so great! From Easy Entertaining to Quickies–yes, you heard me right!

These fabulous Cranberry White Chocolate Bars are from the Easy Entertaining Chapter and I call them Holiday Bars.  The flavor and ingredients are the essence of this time of year.  You can literally find all kinds of simple entertaining recipes in this chapter and you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry.

I Was Excited To Find Reduced Sugar Craisins for My Cranberry White Chocolate Bars

I found these Ocean Spray reduced sugar craisins (dried cranberries) and thought they were fabulous!! I really couldn’t taste any difference so they were just as good but better for you.  In all my recipes that call for dried cranberries, I started using the reduced sugar craisins.  Why not? You should be able to find them in any grocery store.  They still provide 25% of your daily recommended fruit needs and are an excellent source of fiber. You’ll love these cranberry bar  cookies with these craisins and besides, this is a diabetic cranberry cookie!  Amazing, simile to make, festive and diabetic make them the overwhelming best cookie swap cookie recipe.

Freeze Fresh Cranberries when in Season But You Can Always Substitute Dried Cranberries

Buy fresh cranberries when in season and freeze in freezable plastic bag for one year to have fresh cranberries year round.  If a recipe calls for fresh cranberries, dried cranberries may be used.  Here’s two of my top seasonal recipes taking advantage of fresh cranberries.  You won’t want to miss making my simple Cranberry Lemon Bundt cake or Cranberry Orange Muffins this season.

White Chocolate Recipes Make Sensational Seasonal Holiday Recipes

Who doesn’t like a dessert that is made with white chocolate? If you like this cranberry white chocolate holiday treats, wait until you try my fabulous White Chocolate Cheesecake from Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook or my Chocolate Truffles with White Chocolate.

I Have The Best Cookie Swap Cookies Recipe So Now Here’s My Best Kitchen Gadgets List!
Top 12 Favorite Kitchen GiftsTop 12 Favorite Kitchen Gifts

Have you started making you holiday to-do list but it has you wondering what to give for a gift? Look no further than my Christmas wish list of favorite and 12 top unique kitchen gadgets! Someone emailed me and said they had most of these kitchen items in their kitchen so they knew I was a practical cook! Loved it!!!

So, from an inexpensive mini spatula perfect for bar cookies to my pricey coffee maker which truly makes the best coffee, I have done the research for you. Also, I LOVE the silicon bakeware and kitchen tools. Once you use them, you will understand why. Have a wonderful holiday and I hope I have helped. One last thing- get an autographed cookbook directly from my site with DISCOUNT CODE HOLIDAY for 25% OFF!

Another Favorite Bar Cookie For Best Cookie Swap Cookies

The Pampered Chef Mini Nylon Serving SpatulaThe Pampered Chef Mini Nylon Serving Spatula

I  just had to point out my favorite mini spatula because it is the perfect size for bar cookies.  I also love my Blonde Brownies made with Holiday M&M’s for another great Christmas bar cookie.  Perfect for the spatula!  How did I discover this gadget? Yes, there’s a story.  I was doing The 700 Club on my Cancer cookbook. In the make up room, someone was selling Pampered Chef so I wanted to see what everyone was buying. I bought this miniature spatula and it’s the perfect size to get bar cookies.


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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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2 thoughts on “Cranberry White Chocolate Bars Top Best Cookie Swap Cookies for Christmas

  1. Hi Holly. Last night I made the Cranberry White Chocolate Bar recipe that was in the newspaper last week. They taste great; however, even though I followed he recipe exactly, mine had a tendency to fall apart when I cut them. And, even though I sprayed my pan thoroughly (it wasn’t a non-stick pan, some bars STUCK.

    Help! Please! I want to make the recipe again. Any suggestions?

  2. Hi Liz -your email just came through. Sometimes if the sweetened condensed milk goes all the way through it can stick or if you add too much. You can try adding just a little more butter to the crust and that should help. I love this recipe and I actually sometimes have had the same issues and sometimes they are perfect. So sorry for your problems because they are the perfect holiday bar!

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