Cranberry Bliss Bars

I love to bake.  And if I’ve been baking, then you should know that it’s because of one of these 5 reasons:
1. I’ve developed or discovered a recipe that I have to try ASAP.
2. It’s raining
3. I’m falling off the diet wagon
4. I’m baking for something or someone
5. I’m depressed, and baking cheers me up!

Lucky for me, 98.9% of the time it’s #1.  This week, I baked Cranberry Bliss Bars.  The recipe originally comes from Taste of Home. They call them “White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies,” but if you’re a Starbuck’s fan… they’re clearly Cranberry Bliss Bars.

The past week has been a roller coaster of emotions. I attended to my Mother in the hospital post-surgery each day. I watched my 10 year old get an opportunity to play quarterback and throw an exciting touchdown pass. I lost a parking structure voucher and had to pay the maximum fine. I received emails with great opportunities attached. I got a flat tire. I managed to create a handful of really yummy recipes for my cookbook. I gained a pound. And I got in some good snuggle time with my 10-year-old boy, who made me pancakes on Sunday morning.

I hate being emotional. I guess it makes me human. It makes owning DiorShow Waterproof Mascara absolutely essential.  For some reason, feeling all weepy and weird usually makes me feel like baking (which is probably why I gained a pound).

This is a bar that is sort of the ultimate in comfort.  I kind of wanted to just pick up the whole SLAB and just take one big, fat, messy bite.

These bars are topped with a white-chocolate-cream cheese frosting.  They’re sprinkled with dried cranberries and drizzled with white chocolate squiggles.  Starbuck’s version adds an orange zest element to it.  I’m not into that, so I left it out.

The first layer is blondie-like- so sweet, soft-ish, but firm- and a great base for this bar.  There’s white chocolate and dried cranberries mixed into the base too.

Triangles seemed like the obvious shape to cut these into.  They’re much prettier than “squares,” and they have three syllables instead of one.  I don’t know why I said that, but it seemed like something I needed to point out.  See?  I told you it’s been a strange week.

I must say that these bars might cheer up even the gloomiest of people.  I’m not even a huge fan of white chocolate, and I could have eaten a whole bunch of this stuff.  So yeah, they’re really, really good.  Starbucks Good.  Maybe better than SBux.

I forgot to mention a few more bright sides of my week- that the barking dog neighbors are moving out and our good friends are moving in, that I got 8 beautiful new cookbooks in the mail, and that I had a joyous time over the weekend reading tweets via Irvin from the IFBC conference, and that I brainstormed some delightful new ideas for recipes coming up soon on the blog.  Life is good, it’s just sometimes full of roller-coaster moments.  I just need to remind myself of that when life gets weird- make a cup of hot chocolate overflowing with marshmallows (spike it, if need be), relax, and accept the oodles of hugs and love that my husband showers me with daily.  I’m one lucky girl.  And I love to bake!   If you lived near me, you’d get stuff.  Good stuff.  Yummy stuff.  Stuff I don’t want to eat but I do, and then I’m desperately looking for someone to give it to (like these bars).

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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen bars

Prep Time: 35 min

Cook Time: 20 min + cooling time

A white- chocolate cranberry blondies recipe that is very reminiscent of Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bars.


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, cubed
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
6 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Prepare the blondie layer: In a medium bowl, melt butter for one minute in the microwave; stir in brown sugar. Scrape the butter & sugar into a large bowl and let cool to room temperature. Use an electric mixer to beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Stir in the cranberries and chopped chocolate (the batter will be thick).

3. Spread the blondie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool completely on a wire rack.

4. Prepare the frosting: In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until well-blended. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Cut into bars- square or triangle-shaped. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


*If you'd like to add an orange flavor to these bars, add 1 tablespoon grated orange zest to the frosting.

Source: (Adapted slightly from Taste of Home)

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102 Responses to “Cranberry Bliss Bars”

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    Peter — November 14, 2011 @ 3:40 AM

    Lori, that cream cheese topping always gets me..reminds me of carrot cake but dried cranberries are fine by me too!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 14, 2011 @ 3:49 AM

    These look better than the Starbucks variety!

    And sorry that you lost your parking ticket and that your mom was in the hospital.

    With all the rain we’ve had…I too have been baking and it’s put a wrench into food photography for AFTER all that baking has been done. My lighting is horrible. lol

    These bars…Lori…look so wonderful!

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    Katrina — November 14, 2011 @ 3:52 AM

    This is just what I need right now. Yum!

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    Kathryn — November 14, 2011 @ 4:09 AM

    These seem like the perfect antidote to a tough week. Gorgeous pics and delicious combination of flavours!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — November 14, 2011 @ 4:58 AM

    That really is an up and down week! Those are the same 5 reasons I usually bake, although often times it is more than one of the above:-)

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 14, 2011 @ 5:02 AM

    Hehe, I can completely relate to your reasons for baking! You had quite the week…hopefully this week will slow down a bit and only include the very best things :) Gorgeous bars, and they sound delicious!

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    Cookbook Queen — November 14, 2011 @ 5:22 AM

    These look so stinkin’ good!

    So sorry to hear about your mom, but what a sweet 10 year old to make you pancakes. Mine is only 7 but I hope he’s as sweet as that (and has the cooking ability) in a few years!!

    Can’t WAIT to see you in a few weeks!! xoxo

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — November 14, 2011 @ 5:28 AM

    Oooh yes please! We loooove the bliss bar at Starbucks and are so excited we can make them at home! These look perfect!

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    Maria — November 14, 2011 @ 6:13 AM

    I’ve seen this recipe around and it’s on my list to bake this holiday season! the bars look great!

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    Samantha — November 14, 2011 @ 6:41 AM

    What a crazy week you’ve had. When I get stressed, I get sad. and when I get sad, I bake. So I can relate to number 5! Hopefully today starts a better week for you!

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    Meg @ Sweet Twist — November 14, 2011 @ 6:59 AM

    Looks and sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try myself.

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    Lauren — November 14, 2011 @ 7:04 AM

    I used to work at Starbucks and the Cranberry Bliss Bars would sell out Without fail! Totally saving this recipe.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 14, 2011 @ 7:39 AM

    These are *definitely* better than anything SBux could crank out!! And perfect for the holidays–what is it about cranberries and white chocolate? :)

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    patsyk — November 14, 2011 @ 10:21 AM

    Wishing I lived near you so I could enjoy some of your baking in person rather than virtually! These bars look fabulous… and from the sound of it, you had a lot of good news to offset the not-so-great stuff. Enjoy another cup of hot chocolate and keep baking! :)

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    Jen of My Tiny Oven — November 14, 2011 @ 11:40 AM

    Your bars look amazing! I am sure they taste a million times better than the Starbucks version! Lovely!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — November 14, 2011 @ 1:22 PM

    Never been a giant fan of cranberries in my desserts, but you’ve totally sold me!

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    Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) — November 14, 2011 @ 2:21 PM

    Must make! Might have to run to the store for some white chocolate

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — November 14, 2011 @ 4:17 PM

    These look delicious! Pretty much anything on a blondie base is a good start, and topped with white chocolate cream cheese frosting? My life is now complete :)

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    Joanne — November 14, 2011 @ 5:47 PM

    Ah Lori, we totally ALL have those moments and 99.9% of the time, when I’m having one, you can find me knee-deep in butter and sugar. So I totally understand. I made these a few years ago for a potluck and they were a HUGE hit. I hope they made your week better!

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    Kiran @ — November 14, 2011 @ 7:34 PM

    This definitely would cheer me up, rain or shine!

    Sending good thoughts to your mom’s recovery.

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    Ashley@BakerByNature — November 14, 2011 @ 7:40 PM

    Whenever I am down in the dumps of an emotional day a carmel latte and cranberry bliss bar ALWAYS warm my spirits a bit. I’m happy these helped lift yours too. Hope everything with your mom is going smoother. x

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    Koko @ Koko Likes — November 14, 2011 @ 8:35 PM

    OMG these are my favorite treats from Starbucks!!!!! I can’t wait to try them for myself (although this could be a bad idea…)

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    Kayla @ Sheriff of the Kitchen — November 14, 2011 @ 9:30 PM

    These are so stunning, triangles are the perfect shape, anything named bliss can’t be a square lol. They would make a wonderful and beautiful gift.

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    Miriam @ Overtime Cook — November 15, 2011 @ 4:47 AM

    Lori, those are gorgeous! I’m sorry you’re having an emotional week, I’m also an emotional baker. I hope your mother feels better soon!

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    whatmegansmaking — November 15, 2011 @ 8:01 AM

    I’ve made these as well (last year for Christmas!) and they are so so good. Everyone loved them and I’m pretty sure they will be a yearly tradition. Perfect snack with a cup of coffee!

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    Eliana — November 15, 2011 @ 9:20 AM

    These bars look blissfully delicious Lori.

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    Lissa Brooks — November 15, 2011 @ 10:16 AM

    Darn – I used to live near you, but not anymore. Now I’m in Tacoma. Anyone from the same area want to get together to bake? ;) But… *thank you* for posting these. I’ve seen other recipes for them so I’m curious to see how these compare. The Cranberry Bliss Bar is one of my all-time favorite things from Starbucks and I can’t wait to make them myself.

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    Julie — November 15, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

    Going to try these for sure. I have been baking a lot lately too. And I think for all the same reasons.

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    Marnie — November 15, 2011 @ 1:15 PM

    Oh, My! These look delicious!! And, they’re so pretty.. can just see them on my Christmas cookie tray this year. Thank you for sharing!

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    Katrina — November 15, 2011 @ 1:20 PM

    I made these (a Starbucks copycat recipe) a couple years ago at Christmastime. They were a big hit! Yours look de-lish.

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    Michelle — November 15, 2011 @ 4:07 PM

    These look and sound delicious and what a great recipe for the coming holidays! :-) How great that your son made you pancakes! My son also makes me meals sometimes- especially when I’ve had a rough day. Anything made with love like that always tastes so GOOD! (Doesn’t it?) :-)
    Hope things start going better for you soon and that your mom will be better soon.

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    Susie — November 15, 2011 @ 9:50 PM

    Those look awesome! I’m adding them to my Christmas baking list. (I want the full story on the neighbors and the opportunities???).

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    AndreaSomething — November 15, 2011 @ 9:53 PM

    After your week – you definitely deserved these (they look delicious!!!)! Hope the rest of your week is much smoother, and best wishes to you mom.

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    nicole {sweet peony} — November 15, 2011 @ 10:48 PM

    wow those look amazing! i’ve never had the starbucks version but i’m sure yours would be better anyways! they’re just so pretty! wish we lived close so you could share :)

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    vballer — November 16, 2011 @ 8:13 AM

    Wow! those seem like my top 5 reasons too! i wish i lived near you! trying new food creations is awesome…&if i ever got the chance to meet/bake with you (and then devour our baked goods), life would be pretty awesome. but for now, thanks for your amazing recipes =)

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    alexandra — November 16, 2011 @ 12:26 PM

    Droooooling. Love the look of that bottom layer. Am looking forward to making these this holiday season. Yum!

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    Danica — November 16, 2011 @ 12:41 PM

    Hi, these are my favorite treat ever, they freeze well, come out of the freezer still soft! I add 2 T minced candied ginger to the blondie base, it makes it exactly like Starbucks version, and some lemon concentrate to the frosting.

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    danellesdish — November 16, 2011 @ 5:33 PM

    WOW is all I can say. These look decadent and I cannot wait to try them. I have been looking for some fun new recipes for my girls night out and these make the list.

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    Tami@Nutmeg Notebook — November 17, 2011 @ 9:09 AM

    I love all things cranberry and these look scrumptious!

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    Luv What You Do — November 18, 2011 @ 6:17 PM

    I made these last winter. Mine don’t look nearly as pretty but they tasted phenomenal!

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    Tammy — November 19, 2011 @ 9:26 AM

    This look fantastic! I’, going tp make them!

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    Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare — November 19, 2011 @ 9:35 AM

    These look really yummy!! I love your 5 reasons you’re baking…sounds similar to mine! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Debbie — November 23, 2011 @ 11:29 AM

    So delicious!Took them into work today–all gone!! (any many requests for the recipe)

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    Cristina — November 27, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

    Oh Lori! I’m in Cranberry Bliss heaven now! I luv, luv these from Starbucks and now I can get my craving satisfied by making my own! Thx for sharing this recipe…looking fwd to making these. :)

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    Marie — November 28, 2011 @ 11:44 AM

    I made these this past Saturday for a gathering and they were AMAZING. Everyone loved them. I was so glad that I kept a few at home so that I could enjoy them. Yep they went that fast. More than one person said they liked them better then the ones they buy at Starbucks. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It will be added to the must bakes for Christmas every year.

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    Brenda — November 28, 2011 @ 2:55 PM

    OMG! These were SO good! I made them and brought them to work today. I let my lunch friends (English teachers) try them first. My friend said that I should never make them again because she will fight people for them next time. Then I gave some to my wonderful Special Ed students who get the spoils of my baking adventures. Two-thirds of the pan were wolfed down in minutes between 9 kids and 2 aides. My seniors asked me if I would make them again and they would pay me for them. Also, that I should cut them a bit bigger next time. :o) SUCCESS!

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    Miss CandiQuik — December 1, 2011 @ 7:26 AM

    Yes , I’m making these today. OMG, yay – glad I bumped into this recipe. Love the ones at Starbucks :)
    Adding orange zest! Will post pictures soon and give you credit for the recipe idea! Thanks!

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    Amanda — December 1, 2011 @ 9:58 PM

    Took these to an ornament exchange tonight. They are truly delicious! Mine didn’t turn out as beautiful as yours…I needed to refrigerate them longer, but ran out of time. Can’t wait to have one with coffee in the morning!

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    Cher — December 2, 2011 @ 2:09 PM

    Don’t mind me I’m new to baking :-) Can you freeze these to serve at a later date?

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    Lori Lange — December 2, 2011 @ 9:25 PM

    I’ve not tried freezing these.

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    JulieD — December 6, 2011 @ 4:54 AM

    I love these!! They look amazing, Lori!

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    April — December 7, 2011 @ 9:45 PM

    Great recipe! My husband always wanted these at home. I just made them today. Excellent and easy to prep!

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    Connie Q — December 13, 2011 @ 1:05 PM

    Yum! I overbaked the cookie layer and everyone still thought they were delicious. I bought more white (Lindt) chocolate today and plan to make this recipe again and make sure I don’t overbake them this time! I put chopped crystalized ginger in the blondie layer and I love them that way…Starbux has ginger in their Bliss Bars.

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    Sam — December 14, 2011 @ 11:23 AM

    Made these last night to take to the holiday party at work today. Wow! They are very, very good!

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    Sneh | Cook Republic — December 17, 2011 @ 2:53 AM

    These are delightful Lori. Cream cheese and cranberries .. oh my! Happy holidays Lori and wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!

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    Jenna — December 18, 2011 @ 4:36 PM

    I just made these and there was hardly enough frosting to fill the whole pan. Are the measurements right on these because 1 cup of powdered sugar doesn’t seem like it would make a lot of frosting.

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    Lori Lange — December 18, 2011 @ 4:42 PM

    Yes! The measurements are correct. Did you use an 8-ounce package of cream cheese? You should be able to get a thin layer of frosting all across the top (just like the photos). I didn’t do anything differently for the photo.

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    Jenna — December 18, 2011 @ 4:52 PM

    Yep I did use 8 oz of cream. These are delicious and I used maraschino cherries instead of dried cranberries. Now that I tried one it’s just the right amount of frosting. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Dawn — December 18, 2011 @ 8:21 PM

    Hi There!

    I just made these and they were delicious – thanks so much for posting! A couple of quick questions, if I may. (1) Do you think, if in a pinch, it would be possible to skip the frosting from scratch and use a store-bought cream cheese frosting? (2) Once made, how long do you think these bars will keep? I ask because I’d like to bring them to a Christmas occasion this coming weekend, but I’m traveling there on Friday so I was thinking of making them on Thursday (2 days prior). I’m just wondering if that’s too far in advance.

    -Dawn :-)

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    Lori Lange — December 18, 2011 @ 9:09 PM

    Hi Dawn, I think if you have them stored in a covered container in the refrigerator that they will keep fine for a couple of days. Yes, I’m sure you could sub store-bought frosting.

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    Suzanne — December 21, 2011 @ 11:32 AM

    Made these to give out as christmas treats. Most excellent. The only thing I did change is less cream cheese in the icing so that the consistency was less creamy and 18-21 minutes was not enough to cook mine thoroughly. Those things have some much sugar and butter that I am sure they can keep a very long time in the fridge!! So delicious and so bad for my waist :)

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    Lindsey — December 23, 2011 @ 6:23 PM

    I used to work at a Starbucks and I’ve eaten too many of these bars to count. Just made a batch of these and I can barely believe how easy and great they are. I left out the orange zest and they’re still fantastic, but I think next time I’ll add it in because I can’t resist using my zester. Thanks for sharing!

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    Steve — December 23, 2011 @ 7:54 PM

    Cranberry Bliss is my all time favorite at Starbucks. I made these to give as Christmas gifts tonight and I’m not sure if they’ll last that long. So hard not to eat them all. I accidentally burned the chocolate I was going to drizzle at the end but they are still awesome.

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    Lori Lange — December 23, 2011 @ 7:55 PM

    Glad to hear! Not the burned chocolate part- but otherwise :) Happy holidays!

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    Andrea — December 24, 2011 @ 2:15 PM

    Thanks so much for this recipe!! They are amazing. Thank you SO much!

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    Michelle — December 25, 2011 @ 7:30 AM

    The recipe is awesome. I have made two batches in the last day. The first I baked at the recommended 18 minutes but it was a little hard for my preference. The second batch I baked for 15 minutes and I liked it much better. Either way they taste great and was a huge hit in my basket of goodies that I give away each year. Thanks!

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    Tabatha — February 14, 2012 @ 10:24 AM

    Wow! Thank you so much for the recipe! I made these for Valentine’s Day and they turned out great!

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    Diane — September 9, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

    Your bliss bars or cranberry blondies are far superior to Starbucks. I just made a batch and they look and taste amazing. Thanks!

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    Mallory — November 3, 2012 @ 9:52 AM

    Making these bars right now! The batter is amazing, the smell is amazing, can’t wait for the finished product :D

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    Mallory — November 3, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

    These turned out so well!! My moms weakness/fav treat is starbucks cranberry bliss bars. First thing she said when she bit into one was “how could u do this to me” LOL. They’re fanstic and I will be making lots of them over the christmas season that’s for sure . Did only get 32 small bars, but they were nice and dense. :)

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    Laurie — November 15, 2012 @ 7:57 AM

    Tried the Cranberry Bliss for a potluck dinner last night & they were a hit!
    I added 2 T of minced crystallized ginger to the base & used white chocolate chips (cause I couldn’t find bars) Will definitely make them again. Saw a hint to use chopped pistachios & cranberries as top sprinkles for a nice red & green Christmas effect. Found them easy to make except I had problems melting the chocolate for the top drizzle – the chocolate seized and now looks like feta cheese LOL

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    Heather — November 15, 2012 @ 2:51 PM

    SO excited to have found this recipe! I just had my first one of the season at Starbucks, and it’s like some kind of addictive drug: I NEED MORE!!!

    I can’t wait to make these this weekend!

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    Ashley — November 20, 2012 @ 10:15 PM

    One question – how did you get them out of the baking pan to cool without them breaking? I’m having issues…

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    Lori Lange — November 21, 2012 @ 6:32 AM

    I lined my pan with parchment so I could lift out the whole thing, but without you’ll likely have to let them cool in the pan, then remove.

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    Tammy — November 21, 2012 @ 9:56 AM

    These are great! I split the recipe, and made half as the recipe described and used huckleberries for the other half. The huckleberries were amazing in this recipe!

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    Jennifer — November 29, 2012 @ 5:41 PM

    These are amazing! Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

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    Krista — December 2, 2012 @ 7:44 PM

    Just a word of warning…18-21 minutes is not NEARLY enough time to make sure these are done ( even though a toothpick came out clean ). I baked mine for 31 minutes and now they seem firmed up. Did anyone else have this issue? My oven works perfectly fine! These are delicious though. :)

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    jenkml — December 14, 2012 @ 2:37 PM

    Thank you for the lovely recipe. I am adding orange zest to mine as Starbucks has an orange flavor. But I bet the ingredients are better quality at home! I also periodically check my oven temp with a thermometer. Until my last repair, my temperature ran 25 degrees lower than it should have, so I would add 25 degrees to my oven setting.

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    Heather H. — January 20, 2013 @ 8:46 AM

    Took these for dessert to a dinner last night. Everyone just raved over them. They are delicious!!! I didn’t bring any home!

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    Heather H. — January 20, 2013 @ 8:47 AM

    And yes, I agree, 18-21 minutes wasn’t enough I think I cooked mine at least 30.

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    Momsapro — March 29, 2013 @ 1:16 PM

    I made these bars and they are excellent. I found that a night in the fridge was the best thing. The next day the bars were exactly like the ones from the coffee place that is not Tim Hortons.

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    Susan — May 30, 2013 @ 2:58 PM

    I lov these! Baked several times & here is a short cut I used
    I used Philly White Chocolate cream cheese to icing them, saved 2 steps & just as good!

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    patti — November 9, 2013 @ 12:43 PM

    Can I use good white choc chips instead?

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    Leticia — November 10, 2013 @ 7:02 PM

    Hi Lori! I’m here looking at your old recipes :) This one looks really yummy!

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    Lori Lange — November 11, 2013 @ 4:53 PM

    You can try!

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    Meagan Mary — December 8, 2013 @ 1:05 PM

    I love these! I had to increase the cooking time to about 30 minutes. I also highly recommend the orange zest in the frosting (I put the zest of 1/2 an orange in the batter too). Turned out great. Thanks!!! I am going to be selling these for my roller derby team, I hope they are a hit!

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    Suzy — December 21, 2013 @ 5:04 AM

    I’m waiting for my first pan full to cool so I can frost them. I’ve been dreaming of these bars since someone recommended them on my facebook page. I’ll let you know how they turn out. I already have an idea for the frosting, melt the 6 oz of white chocolate in two batches – one to add to the cream cheese/sugar mixture and then melt the other for drizzling. Anyone tried this? And how long would these keep in an air tight container in a cool place?

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    sara — December 22, 2013 @ 7:32 PM

    We made these as part of our Christmas cookie baking and they are SO GOOD. They really do taste just like the ones at Starbucks! Totally in love – such a great recipe! :)

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    Jean H — December 30, 2013 @ 8:27 AM

    I made 3 batches of these before Christmas. Everyone I gave them to absolutely loved them (as do I)!
    A few minor changes:
    I had trouble melting the white chocolate (Ghiradelli chips) for the first batch to a drizzling consistency so I sprinkled the white chips on top. Not as pretty but still tasty.
    I microplaned the rind from an orange and added to the frosting. Wonderful!
    Since a lot of these were gifts and I wanted them to be consistent, I trimmed all the edges off and kept them for myself! Since they’re only about 3 bites each, I can justify nibbling frequently. Yum!
    This recipe has definitely earned a place in my baking repertoire. Thanks!!

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    Rachel @ casamarcelli — December 31, 2013 @ 8:04 AM

    I know you posted these AGES ago, and may not even see this comment now. But I have to say that I adore these cookies. I made them two years ago and they are now the most-requested holiday cookie that I make. I just made another batch last night for our New Year’s Eve party and plan to make more for a cookie exchange this weekend. Thanks for such a fantastic recipe!!

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    Lori Lange — December 31, 2013 @ 8:14 AM


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    Valerie — January 4, 2014 @ 5:38 PM

    I just made these and the blondie part is excellent. The frosting only calls for 1 cup of powdered sugar for 8 oz of cream cheese (?!). These measurements seem off–that would be only 1:1 for cream cheese to sugar. When I made the frosting , it just seemed to need more. I wound up adding 3 cups of powdered sugar and my frosting is still kind of droopy. As I type this I realize that I used the lower fat cream cheese–so that could have something to do with the texture–but I think even with the right cream cheese that 1 cup of sugar would not be enough.

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    Lily — June 22, 2014 @ 11:21 PM

    I just made these Cranberry Bliss Bars and they turned out AMAZING!!!!! Im only 16 years old and i have a great passion for baking and I am constantly looking for great recipes and your blog has it all! One problem i encountered while making these bars was that the frosting was not as thick as i thought it would be, so i added more powdered sugar and it did the job! Thanks so much Lori for sharing this recipe, it tastes even better than the one in starbucks<3

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    Dani — November 12, 2014 @ 8:16 PM

    These were soo good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Brenda — November 16, 2014 @ 1:09 PM

    Thank you so much for having your recipes here so I could find them! I am not working right now, my back is hurt and I’m not sure when I’ll be able to go back. I’m worried about Christmas so I’m thinking I may be baking my presents instead! You mentioned living close to you would be beneficial to us, and right now that sounds good to me! Wish I did, cause I could sure use someone to talk to! Thanks for the next best thing! These all sound so yummy, can’t wait to try them!

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    Lis — December 3, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

    Have an early XMas party tomorrow and they came out perfectly! So close to the starbucks taste! If you’re having issues melting the white chocolate for the drizzle, put the chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in increments of 30 seconds at 50% power on your microwave. I burned some of the chocolate my first go round. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Beth — December 8, 2014 @ 2:56 PM

    I love this recipe. Turns out terrific everytime. So simple and delicious and a genuine crowd pleaser. Thank you for this winning recipe!

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    Peggy@cookiecarts — December 8, 2014 @ 5:49 PM

    Live in Seattle and can so relate to all, especially #2. Was looking for some new inspiration and look forward to giving this a try, thanks for sharing!!!

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    Romena — December 10, 2014 @ 8:34 AM

    These were really amazing! The reason I actually made these were because my sister is obsessed with them and I wasn’t sure why. I first tried them at Starbucks and wasn’t a big fan of them. I decided to make them for her and when I tried one I really loved it!! Definerly taste better than Starbucks cranberry bliss bars. Thank you for sharing!

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    Peggy — December 10, 2014 @ 11:02 PM


    Ok, tried them and DELISH!!!!! I’ve never had the Starbucks Bliss but think I need to just for a comparison. But honestly I can’t imagine it tasting any better. Our local store carries orange-flavored cranberries which was a great addition.

    Thanks again and keep the inspirations coming!!


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    SingleMom56 — December 20, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

    can’t wait to try these.

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    Jamie — December 23, 2014 @ 2:44 PM

    These were borderline impossible for me. Every time I tried to put them on a wire rack they either melted through or turned into a crumbly mess. I tried multiple times as well.