Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

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Starbuck’s Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars are supercalifragilisticly delish! 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.

delicious cranberry bliss bar with cream cheese frosting

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.  She was officially promoted to chief egg cracker when she was 3-years-old.

Over that 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}}}

Munchkin 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 copycat recipe was amazing.

Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

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!

Helpful Tips to make Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars:

  • The best way to get parchment paper to stick to the pan is to spray the pan with non stick spray and then place the parchment on top.

What you will need to make Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars:

  • Large Bowl– I like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
  • Electric Hand Mixer I have had this one in my kitchen forever (it seems like) at least 8 years.

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Starbuck’s Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

Donna Elick
Starbuck’s Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars are supercalifragilisticly delish! The only problem that I could see is we did it even better. 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.
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 8

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 5 ounce bag sweetened dried cranberries
  • 12 ounce bag white chocolate chips, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions
 

  • 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 3/4 cup cranberries and 3/4 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!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 678cal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 281mg | Sugar: 80g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Originally published September 2013

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17 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!

    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.

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

  3. 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!

    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

    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!

  4. 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!

    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. 🙂

  5. I LOVED your recipe!!! Looked at many and doubled yours and baked it in a jelly roll pan for the exact time you said…DELISH!!!!!! Dont know if you will get this? Or how to post a picture? I am new to doing this, so if you have any help for me, Id love to post a picture of mine…thank you for the great recipe!!

  6. Mine has been in the oven for 22 mins, no where near done! The icing looks completely wrong and I followed it step by step. I'm confused how this came out for anyone.

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