Cranberry Bliss Bars

cranberry bliss bars

These Cranberry Bliss Bars are a perfect copycat to the popular Starbucks seasonal treat!

They are white chocolate and cranberry blondie topped with sweet cream cheese icing, dried cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate.

This homemade version is spot on! Taste just like Starbucks cranberry bliss bars and you can make them anytime the craving hits.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

slices of cranberry bliss bars on a sheet pan

These are so simple to make. Just bake a pan of blondies and top with icing!

Ingredients Needed for Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

For the bars:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Dark brown sugar – Or light brown sugar. I just prefer dark brown sugar.
  • Orange extract – Or you can use fresh orange zest, about 1 teaspoon.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs – Room temperature eggs incorporate better.
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Ground ginger – We use this instead of candied ginger.
  • Kosher salt
  • White chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries – They add a tart little zip to these blondie cookie bars.

For the Topping:

  • Cream cheese – Who doesn’t love a tangy cream cheese frosting?
  • Powdered sugar
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Orange extract – Or about 2 teaspoons of fresh orange zest.
  • Dried cranberries
  • White chocolate chips

How to Make Cranberry Bliss Bars

dough in a glass mixing bowl

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper leaving overhang handles to lift the bars out easily.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat the melted butter with the dark brown sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and orange extract and beat until well combined.

Add the dry ingredients and blend just until combined.

Stir in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

dough spread into a baking pan

Spread the blondie batter evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and it’s golden brown on the edges. Don’t overbake, they will become hard.

Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

drizzling melted chocolate over the bars

Using the parchment paper overhang lift the bars carefully out of the pan and to a cutting board.

For the topping beat the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and pinch of salt together until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla and orange extract.

Spread the cream cheese frosting over the bars evenly. Sprinkle with the chopped dried cranberries.

Melt the white chocolate and drizzle with a fork over the bars. Or you can place it in a ziplock bag, snip a small hole in one corner, and drizzle over the bars.

To melt the chocolate chips I just microwave them in 30-second intervals, stirring until melted and smooth.

How to Cut Cranberry Bliss Bars

sliced cranberry bliss bars on parchment paper

Cut two lengthwise strips. Then slice horizontally three times, then slice each square crosswise into triangles. Or you can just cut it into squares.

How to Store Cranberry Bliss Bars

Place in an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator.

Can You Freeze Cranberry Bliss Bars

Yes, make them as instructed. Slice them and freeze them in a single layer for at least two hours. Place in a freezer container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

I personally think this recipe is way tastier than the Starbucks version. Plus it’s cheaper to make them at home and you can eat as many as you like! No one will know, right?

slices of cranberry bliss bars on a sheet pan

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Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

A white chocolate and cranberry blondie topped with cream cheese icing, dried cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, bliss, cranberry, Starbucks
Servings: 24
Calories: 297kcal
Author: DSTR

Ingredients

For the Bars

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups Dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 large Eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Orange extract
  • 1 cup White chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Dried cranberries

Topping

  • 8 oz Cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Orange extract
  • 1/3 cup Dried cranberries roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup White chocolate chips melted

Instructions

Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper leaving overhang handles to lift the bars out easily.
  • In a medium-size bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat the melted butter with the dark brown sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and orange extract and beat until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients and blend just until combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
  • Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and golden on the edges. Don’t overbake, they will become hard.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Topping

  • Beat the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and pinch of salt together until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla and orange extract.
  • Spread over the bars evenly. Sprinkle with the chopped dried cranberries.
  • Melt the white chocolate and drizzle with a fork over the bars. Or you can place it in a ziplock bag, snip a small hole in one corner, and drizzle over the bars.

Notes

Cut two lengthwise strips. Then slice horizontally three times, then slice each square crosswise into triangles. Or you can just cut it into squares.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

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