Cranberry, Coconut, White Chocolate Bars

I came across this recipe the other day when looking for a quick dessert recipe for Sam to take to the youth group Christmas party.  I love the way the flavors blend together…and the fact that it is a super easy recipe!

2 c. all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. shortening (or butter, softened)

3/4 c. sugar

3/4 c. packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. almond flavoring (or vanilla)

1 c. quick oats

2 c. white chocolate chips

1 c. coconut flakes

1 c. dried cranberries

Lightly spray a 15×10 jelly roll pan.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.  Beat shortening and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and almond flavoring; beat until blended. Gradually add flour mixture. Beat until blended.  Add oats and continue beating. Add white chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and dried cranberries, and mix until blended.  Spread into prepared pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 16-18 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into diamond shapes or bars. If desired, drizzle with confectioners sugar glaze.