So I’ve started Christmas shopping.
And I’ve come to the conclusion that boys are impossible to shop for. Why is this? Whyyyyyy do they have to be SO COMPLICATED?
It makes me long for the days when buying a box full of Hot Wheels was an appropriate gift. I mean, I know it’s all “the thought that counts” but I’m betting my dad would be somewhat miffed if he opened a bag full of Hot Wheels. I meeeean, only because he’s the one being unthoughtful and complicated by being difficult to shop for. Or something like that.
Trying to buy something my brother would like is like trying to solve world peace by making everyone love each other on Facebook after the election while trying to hand-feed every puppy up for adoption in the world while cooking a five-course dinner. In other words, it’s impossible, y’all.
And just so ya know, going with a standby pullover or jeans isn’t okay, either. My dad and brother both require shopping in the Big & Tall section (thank their towering 6″ frames), and they’re picky to boot, so shopping for clothes that will A) fit and they’ll B) like is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Usually, if I know my pop and bro, I know they like food. It’s a great treat any day of the week, sure, but I also enjoy making some holiday food to surprise them with for a gift at the end of a work-week.
William Bounds knew I am easy to please (unlike the Parker boys) and sent me this nifty chocolate mill. It’s a portable, hand-held mill that easily grinds chocolate into beautiful shavings for decoration atop of cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, or bars like these. I thought the added touch of shaved white chocolate was not only pretty against the dark chocolate drizzle and cranberries, but also provided an added bite of white chocolate to the tops of these cookie bars.
1 pkg white cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 Tbsp milk
1 & 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 & 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9″ baking pan with foil, extending the edges of the foil over the sides of the pan. Mist lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, melted butter, eggs + milk with a spoon until combined. Stir in one cup of the cranberries + one cup of white chocolate chips to blend. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake until set and golden, about 20-23 minutes.
3. Cool the bars completely in the pan. Once cooled, melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. Drizzle the melted dark chocolate over the bars and top with additional cranberries, if desired.
4. Using a William Bounds chocolate mill, grind the additional 1/4 cup white chocolate chips on top of the bars for a shaved white chocolate garnish, if you’d like.
Normally, my family isn’t big on cranberries, but they’re a classic flavor this time of year. While these are reminiscent of the Starbucks’ version (which I adore!), these are more of a crumblier-cookie consistency versus Starbucks’ almost blondie-like quality. These are buttery + have a slight crunch–almost like biscotti–but are still moist and soft enough to be considered a cookie bar. Plus, I love the addition of the dark chocolate drizzle and the pretty white chocolate shavings!
You can find out more about William Bounds or purchase their Chocolate Mill HERE.
Have a great day!
In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with a chocolate mill for free by William Bounds to review. All opinions are 100% my own and I was not compensated for this post.