Cranberry Cream-cheesy Bars
(otherwise known at Starbuck's as Cranberry Bliss Bars)
I have been waiting FOR. EV. ER. to make these things. Well, maybe not that long, but definitely for a long time. I discovered them about 5 years ago when I first began frequenting Starbuck's on a fairly regular basis, especially when in Hawaii where there's a Starbuck's on every other corner. They only sell them during the winter a little before and a little after Christmas.
They are Amazing!!! Like, over-the-top it's a good thing these are so expensive or I'd buy and eat many more amazing.
Then a friend of mind, actually a friend of my daughter's who used to come to the house when they were in high school, began posting that she was making and selling these scrumptious bars along with other goodies, as a fund raiser for their adoption efforts.
Of course I purchased some and oh, my goodness, fell in love with them again. I'm not sure it's the exact recipe that Starbuck's uses, but it's close enough to call it a SCORE!!!
Over the years I've thought of contacting the girl to see if she'd be willing to share the recipe and finally put feet on my dreams this year. Last night I made them. Now....I don't usually cook, bake or do anything else constructive/productive at night because, well, I'm a morning person as I mentioned in a recent post, and once noon comes & goes I'm pretty much off the clock.
But I really wanted to try these bars. Really wanted to as in "I'm going to make them now even though it's 7 pm and I'd rather be sitting on the couch editing photos".
And really....they are as scrumptious as I thought they'd be. So now the struggle begins: do I eat one every time I get the notion? do I eat just half at a time? do I resist 3 out of 4 times? or do I just eat them and not make them again for a long time?
Well, the verdict is out on that. I'll get back to you about it sometime, or maybe not.