These Cranberry Dark Chocolate bars are so delicious. The combination of the two flavors is a winner. A little sweet and a bit of tang. If you are making a cookie bar tray you can add these Irresistible Caffè Mocha Brownies.
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Magical Cranberry Dark Chocolate Bars
- 1 cup cold cubed, unsalted butter
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- ⅔ cups dried cranberries
- 1 ½ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Add butter, sugar, and flour to a large bowl and use a fork or pastry cutter to bring ingredients together into pea-sized crumbs.
- Press evenly into a foil-lined and greased 9×13" pan.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Sprinkle chocolate, cranberries, coconut, and pecans evenly over the crust.
- Pour condensed milk over toppings and bake for 18 minutes.
- Let cool before cutting into bars.
- Best if stored covered in the refrigerator.
What if I Don’t Like Coconut? (edited)
I had a reader ask what to do if they didn’t like coconut. So I wanted to update this post to include what do use instead.
If you do not like coconut, you can finely chop, or use a food processor to make a fine amount of walnuts or pecans if you rather. This will still allow the moisture that the coconut gives without using coconut.
Why Cranberry Dark Chocolate Bars So Good?
There is just something about the combination of the cranberry tartness and the dark chocolate that makes these bars so good. Also, there is something about these that make them feel extra special when they are on a tray with other ‘fancy-feeling’ lemon bars and Carmelita bars.
My List of Favorite Dark Chocolates
Dark chocolate should be powerful, sinful, and not too self-indulgent. Chocolove brought on all these counts with their Strong Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa). People that tasted this enjoyed this type of bar of chocolate since the taste was exceptionally profound with some coffee type notes and an awesome smooth consistency that left everyone wanting to relish just one more piece. This chocolate was bitter in the way that dark chocolate fans would fall for. As you can see a few pieces of this chocolate being a real treat at the end of a long day.
Dark Chocolate by Godiva
People that tested really enjoyed Godiva’s dark chocolate. This bar was so very smooth—which is sometimes hard to find in intensely dark chocolate. It melted on their tongues and gave them a profoundly chocolate flavor with coconut hints. With just a bit of taste of sweetness. That extra bit of sugar, it didn’t get the first spot, but Godiva would still be a great treat to keep on hand or to use to fill out your favorite gift basket.
Dove Dark Chocolate
An acquired taste, dark chocolate is one that you either love it or hate it. It’s bitterness can be too much for some people. If you are on the fence about trying dark chocolate, I think you should try Dove. This brand is a melt-in-your-mouth smoothness and was much sweeter than many other brands. This sweetness helped to frame the more bitter notes of dark chocolate. Serious dark chocolate lovers may like my other favorite picks, Dove is a bar of people-loving chocolate to keep in your candy dish.
How to Enjoy Dark Chocolate
Make sure to enjoy a piece of dark chocolate without anything else. It is the favorite way to relish all those compound tastes. It is great as a filling, a ganache, topping, or mix-in. Dark chocolate does so well in so many dark chocolate desserts.