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.


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!


White Chocolate Cranberry Meringue Bar


  • 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


  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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