White Chocolate Cranberry Meringue Square

simplified-cheer-white-chocolate-cranberry-meringue-barThis post is sponsored by Egg Farmers of Canada as part of their #SimpleCheer campaign.

It is way too easy to get caught-up in the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season, isn’t it?

Last year,  it was my Husband and I’s first Christmas as a married couple. I eagerly played the part of hostess extraordinaire for friends and family all through December.  I baked complicated dishes, prepared new desserts and ran all over the city finding perfect gifts for all.  And you know what? While it was a lovely month of celebration in which I made some great memories, I really could have made things a bit more simple.

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This year I am slowing things down a bit and enjoying the season more. I am staying-out of the malls (hello, online shopping!) and vowing to take more walks in the snow with my dog and Husband. I will also be serving less dishes this Holiday season. Instead, I will be focusing on a few star creations and letting them shine.

My choice for dessert (or post dog walk) this year is a White Chocolate Cranberry Meringue Bar. Inspired by the indulgent Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar, this dessert is crowned with a candy-like meringue that compliments the tangy cranberry blondie bottom.  Using only 8 ingredients this square is simple to prepare but honestly looks like you have been sweating in the kitchen for hours!

For serving, you can jazz it up like I did with bows and ribbon to turn your dessert into a show stopping edible centerpiece, or revel in the simplistic beauty that is meringue. I mean, take a look at this close-up!

meringue-bar-simplified-cheer-2Did you know that eggs in Canada are also some of the best in the world for quality and freshness? They travel from farm to your kitchen in less than 5 days! This focus on quality makes eggs a perfect addition to your Holiday celebrations. Plus, buying Canadian Grade A Eggs ensures you are supporting over 1,000 farm families in Canada. I like the sound of that!

Are you joining-in on keeping the Holidays simple and serving eggs at your Festivus celebration (yes, we do that!) or on a snowy Sunday morning? If so, let me know! I also encourage you to follow Egg Farmers of Canada of Twitter at @eggsoeufs and ‘like’ Get Cracking on Facebook to get more #SimpleCheer ideas for a simple Holiday season!

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White Chocolate Cranberry Meringue Bar

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large Canadian Grade A Eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1 package white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large Canadian Grade A Egg Whites

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat on low setting sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir until just combined.
  5. Fold in cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into prepared 9×9 cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (until toothpick comes-out clean)
  7. While cake is baking, prepare the meringue topping. Beat egg whites on high setting in medium bowl until frothy. Slowly add sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, and beat until the meringue is thick and glossy.
  8. When square is done baking, spread meringue on top and return to oven for an additional 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely prior to cutting and serving.

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14 Comments

  1. Very nice! I’d enjoy a piece or three of this around the Festivus pole while taking in the feats of strength events. Or, you know, Christmas too.

    I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a meringue-topped bar/square like this before! I actually really like the idea. I’m a big meringue fan, so it’s got a lot of appeal. And I LOVE that you used fresh cranberries here! While the dried ones have their place, I do think the fresh fruit is underappreciated.

    • PeppersPennies

      Thanks Sean 🙂 I really tried to do something different with this one. Took it to a Holiday party and was asked what kind of ‘icing’ was on my dessert. I explained it was meringue and then I was asked if ‘that can even be done’. Heehee. For how different it is, it really is simple!

      • Hah! I love that. If that can even be done… you should have just raised your eyebrows mischievously and shrugged. Different and simple are two of my favourite things to see in food, so good job!

  2. I love the cranberry and white chocolate combination! This looks super yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • PeppersPennies

      Thanks for coming-by, Shareba! Honestly, white chocolate + fresh cranberries are such a winning combo and topping it all off with a lovely meringue really takes this dessert to new heights!

  3. This looks divine. I love the white chocolate cranberry combo, but the meringue is the perfect “icing on the cake”!

    • PeppersPennies

      Thanks Colleen! Meringue is such an unexpected topping for these squares as most people go the Starbucks route and top ’em with a cream cheese icing. It’s a fun and simple twist!

  4. These look amazing! I love how they’re like the cranberry bliss bar – but they probably taste even better since they’re homemade! Look at that crackle on that meringue, yum! I always try to keep the holidays simple, but it’s not happening this year – all the family is coming and it’s going to get crazy! Good luck with yours!

  5. OOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! That looks and sounds so tasty!!! Thank you for sharing!! I can’t wait to make it!!!

    • PeppersPennies

      Thanks for stopping-by! Please let me know how it turns out for you! It is way more simple than you would expect 🙂

  6. These look delicious, I’m not much on sweets but I adore cranberries.

    • PeppersPennies

      Thanks for coming-by, Ayngelina! I love using fresh cranberries over the dried and sweetened ones. Totally not my thing!

  7. I love the idea of this – that Bliss bar gets me every time I am at Starbucks 😉 Bookmarked!

    • PeppersPennies

      I will totally admit to getting a bar or two this year from starbucks, but at nearly 400 calories and 4 bucks a bar it’s just not worth it! Thanks for coming-by and let me know if you try it!

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