Cranberries! Best Cranberry & White Chocolate Holiday Bar Cookies

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Holiday Bars with Cranberries and White Chocolate-best cookie of the season

My most amazing seasonal recipe is easy-to-make!  Invited to an office party, cookie swap or need a gift for the holidays.  I love using cranberries during the holiday season, and these festive Holiday Bars  (Cranberry and White Chocolate Treats) from my fun EASY cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen with trendy, simple, everyday recipes.  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!!

cranberries gingersnapStart with gingersnaps which are easy to find this time of year and I like to crush them in the food processor but you can do it however you want.

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.

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I turn to this favorite bar cookie to make for friends and family this time of year. For a quick and delicious gift, just cut the cookies 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! Visit my website for more easy, healthy holiday recipes!  If you have had Hello Dollies, then this is my holiday version with cranberries and white chocolate and gingersnaps.

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Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins

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 will start using this product!T hey still provide 25% of your daily recommended fruit needs and are an excellent source of fiber.

Freeze Cranberries when in Season

Buy 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.

Holiday Bars- from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age      

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Holiday ingredients create an easy festive bar cookie.

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

If you like this holiday dessert, wait until you try my fabulous White Chocolate Cheesecake from Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook

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With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy, healthy and practical 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 American Diabetes Association.Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post.She has consulted for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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