Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Copycat Starbucks: Cranberry Bliss Bars

 

If you have ever been to Starbucks in the fall or winter I am sure you have at seen these spectacular treats, if not devoured one or twenty.  Cranberry Bliss Bars are perfectly named they are pure dessert bliss packed into a little bar. 

Munchkin and I had so much fun making these bars.  My 3year old has been promoted to chief egg cracker.  Over the summer we ate a lot of scrambled eggs and omelets so I would plop a dozen eggs on the counter and let her practice.  Well, I have to tell you after a few dozen, she cracks eggs better than any kid I have ever met and even better than some adults.  I still have to teach her
a one handed technique and of course egg juggling is next.  {{{not a chance}}}

My 3 year old was not about waiting for these beauties to cool off or waiting at all.  Watching her bite into our creation after helping me develop this fabulous copy cat recipe was amazing.  A tender blondie base packed with cranberries, white chocolate and a hint of spice is topped with a fabulous orange cream cheese frosting and topped with tart dried cranberries and drizzled with white chocolate.  These Cranberry Bliss Bars are supercalifragilisticly delish!  The only problem that I could see is we did it even better.

The good news is these will certainly be in our homemade gift baskets this year!

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Better than Starbucks:  Cranberry Bliss Bars
serves 8

½ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cups packed light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 (5 ounce) bag sweetened dried cranberries
1 (12 ounce) bag white chocolate chips, divided
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line an 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl, microwave to melt butter.  Add sugar to melted butter, beat with an electric mixer.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat until well combined.

Add salt, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger.  Mix until just combined.  Do not over mix or the bars will be tough.  Fold in ¾ cup cranberries and ¾ cup white chocolate chips.  Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 20-22 minutes until the center is set.

Meanwhile melt remaining white chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl.  Set aside.  Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange juice in a medium size bowl.  Beat until combined.  Pour in half of white chocolate, reserve the remaining chocolate.  Beat to combine.  Set aside.

Remove bars from oven and place on a cooling rack.

Frost bars with cream cheese frosting.  Sprinkle with remaining cranberries.  Drizzle with reserved melted white chocolate.

Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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13 comments:

  1. They look so good! I have a copycat recipe for them too and it's one of my fave bars I made last fall! Saw them on FG - so eyecatching!

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    1. Hi Averie! Thanks for stopping by. These bars are addictive, I had to give them a shot as soon as it felt like fall to me. I have to hurry and give them away before I eat them all though. We are so happy to be back in fall, it makes me happy.

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  2. probably my favorite thing at Starbucks. sounds good!

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    1. Hi Dina! Thank you for stopping by. They are my favorite too. They taste like fall to me.

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  3. These look amazing Donna! I love those cranberry bars from Starbucks. I need to try making my own now!

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  4. Your recipe says "1 (12 ounce) bag white chocolate chips, divided" and "7 ounces white chocolate chips (divided)". Do you really need 19 oz white chocolate chips? It looks like you use 3/4 cup in the bar and the "remaining" amount in the icing/drizzle. Is the remaining amount whatever is leftover from the 12 oz bag? Or is it that plus another 7 oz? Did I read it entirely wrong?! Thanks!

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  5. I tried this - I think I baked it wrong - how do you know when the center is "set"?

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  6. I baked as the recipe said, but after 22 minutes it was still goopy in the middle - how do you know when it's "set"?

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    1. Hi Sharon, the center is set when it is no longer "wiggly". Did you try to bake them a few minutes longer?

      Feel free to contact me by email and I would be happy yo try and help you figure out what went wrong. donna {at} tsrifood {dot} com

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    2. I did a double batch and mine was goopy in the middle for ever. I had to almost double the baking time. I think the problem is that they are tooo thick when baking looking at mine it seems like I could have made a tray and half with the amount. Will try to make again, but not tonight as all the stores are closed this late on Christmas Eve!

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  7. I tried it again and the results were phenomenal!! I actually doubled the recipe, used a 9 x 13 pan and cooked it until it set. Won the dessert competition at work! THANKS!

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    1. Yay! So happy you loved them and congrats on the competition. We will have to start a blue ribbon wall for the recipes that win competitions. :)

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