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Monday, January 28, 2013

Adventures in Gluten Free Cooking: Cranberry White Chocolate Bars

I have been trying some new gluten free recipes, but I have not been pleased with the outcome of them.
Not enough to share them with you.
The other day I attempted GF bagels...
They turned out more like GF bricks...
So I will keep trying!
Here is a recipe that I LOVE and the red cranberries are perfect for Valentine's Day!

For the Bars you will need: 
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 cups light brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups GF flour mix (I used 1/2 c. white rice flour, 1/2 c. brown rice flour, 1/4 c. tapioca starch, 1/4 c. corn starch, plus 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
6 ounces white chocolate (cut into chunks) OR 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

For the frosting you will need:
4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
3 cups powdered sugar
4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup diced dried cranberries

Step 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2) Make bars by beating the butter and brown sugar together with a mixer until smooth. Add the eggs,
vanilla, salt, ginger, lemon zest. Mix well. In a separate bowl, mix the gluten free flours together (if you are not using a mix). Gradually mix in the GF flour until smooth. Mix 3/4 cup dried cranberries and the white chocolate into the batter by hand. 

** To make the bars easier to remove and cut, I lined my baking pan with parchment paper (totally optional!)

Step 3) Spread the batter into a well greased 9×12″ baking pan.

Step 4) Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the bars are lightly brown on the edges.

Allow the bars to cool completely.

To make the frosting:
Step 1) Combine the softened cream, 3 cups powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla and mix until smooth.
That's it! 

Once the cake has completely cooled, use a spatula to spread the frosting over the top of the cake.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of diced cranberries over the frosting on the cake. You could even shave some white chocolate on top of the frosting as well, if you have any left over. 


  1. Those look yummy.... now I am starving! :-)

  2. These look really good, and I would like to make them for our dil this weekend. Can you buy a GF flour mix? What would happen if I used Bisquick?

  3. Yum! That looks so delicious!! Thanks for sharing!