Cranberry Bliss Bars are a must-make recipe. These are white- chocolate cranberry blondies that are very good copycat Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars. My recipe has been slightly adapted from Taste of Home. Watch the video showing you how to make Cranberry Bliss Bars, then scroll to the end of this post and print out the recipe so you can bake them at home.
They’re really and truly just “White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies,” but if you’re a Starbucks fan… they’re clearly Cranberry Bliss Bars. Oh, and if you’re really a Starbucks fan, you’ll like my post that shows you How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
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. Depression has set in, and baking cheers me up!
Lucky for me, 98.9% of the time it’s #1.
The past week has been a roller coaster of emotions. I attended to my Mother in the hospital post-surgery each day. My 10 year old got an opportunity to play quarterback and throw an exciting touchdown pass, and that was fun to watch.
I lost a parking structure voucher and had to pay the maximum fine. I received emails with great opportunities attached.
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).
These Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars are the sort of bar that is 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 of Cranberry Bliss Bars adds an orange zest element to it. I’m not into that, so I left it out. But you can certainly add it back in!!
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 seem like the obvious shape to cut these into. They’re much prettier than “squares,” I think.
I must say that these Cranberry Bliss 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 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).
Here are a few more holiday bar recipes you might enjoy:
- Gingerbread Bars
- Eggnog Sugar Cookie Bars
- Maple Pecan Bars
- Cranberry Walnut Bars
- No Bake Chocolate Mint Bars
Cranberry Bliss Bars
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) salted butter, cubed
- 1½ cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 6 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
- ½ cup dried cranberries, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
PREPARE THE BLONDIE LAYER:
- In a medium bowl, melt the butter for one minute in the microwave; stir in the brown sugar. Scrape the butter and 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).
- Spread the blondie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 18 to 21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not over bake). Cool completely on a wire rack.
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 the blondies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Cut into 30 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.
These are fantastic!
This is the third time I’ve made them. I doubled the cranberries on top this time. Yum!
HoHoHo!!! Merry Christmas 🎄 I’ve never tried making Cranberry Bliss Bars before, My daughter knows that it’s one of my favorite dessert’s to have during the holiday’s. But when I came across this recipe I asked my husband if he would make it for me. Yes, he’s the baker in our home and does he ever know how to bake 😋 This Cranberry Bliss Bar is the best ever! ♥️ My family and friends loved it! I can’t wait to see it on my table next year during the holiday’s. I saw that it was rated 5 stars, now I know why. If your thinking of making a Cranberry Bliss Bars, this would be the one to make 😋
Really really good!
When you freeze these do you freeze the completed recipe or just the blond layer?
You can freeze the whole thing 🙂
I’ve never had the original but my husband loves getting them during the holidays. I followed the recipe exactly because I din’t know what they “should” taste like and didn’t want to mess them up and he loved them!! They’re even more yummy after they’ve been in the fridge. I am excited to add this recipe into our regular rotation
Looks delicious! However is it fine if I use dark brown sugar?
Should be fine!
Can I replace the chopped white baking chocolate with white chocolate chips?
Possibly– sometimes the chips don’t melt quite as well.
This recipe is so simple to make and tastes fantastic. I love how it’s not too sweet. I did add Watkins orange flavoring to the icing. They are great tasting with or without it.
Not only was this recipe easy, but absolutely delicious! I added a touch of orange zest to the icing and garnished on top and it was incredible. Thank you for this recipe!
This is the best recipe! Can you freeze these? Make ahead? How long to they last in the fridge?
We have some in the freezer now. I’d say they’d last up to 3 months in the freezer. Fridge maybe a week?
I did a side by side taste comparison of my bars (made with this recipe) and SBux…..and these absolutely were more delicious! Added the zest of one orange to the frosting…..and these are perfection!! LOVE THEM!
Thanks, I love them too!
Im not a fan of white chocolate…can I make these with regular chocolate?
That’s definitely something I’ve never tried, so I’m not sure!
I like to add chopped crystallized ginger to the cake batter and a drizzle of green frosting over the top, making for a hugely festive and decadent dessert! Love it served chilled! Yum!
Question about frosting. I have a pan in the oven. Do I cook them before frosting? Or frost right away?
Bake the bars, and then frost.
Triangles are the ideal dessert shape
I made this using dried cherries in place of the cranberries. Making this with the cherries is just as delicious. In fact, so delicious I get requests for this recipe during the holidays every year.
My family and friends rave over the cranberry bliss and the cherry bliss.
Can you freeze these then thaw for later use?
That should work out fine!
These are delicious and taste very similar to the Starbucks version. I used orange flavored cranberries instead of adding the optional orange zest and I added an extra cup of powdered sugar in the frosting.
Do you think white chocolate chips would work just as well? That is all I could find.
Entertaining and substantive. Anxious to try it with nutritional substitutes,
These came out so good!! Had to cook a little while longer, but turned out great!
I just left Starbucks with one of your Cranberry bars. I’m sitting in my car as I write this! Absolutely Delish!
Your a Sweetheart of a Baker thank you!
I’ve made a variation of this but with chopped candied ginger. I’ll definitely be trying this for the holidays this year — even if it’s only my husband and I who consume them! 😀
You should’ve said in the recipe to line the baking dish, not spray it, since that’s what you did…
You can line with parchment or foil, or you can also just use nonstick spray. The bars should come out easily with any of those methods.
Amazing recipe. It’s my first time making anything like this and went so well I added a little one extract to the frosting and it’s delicious!!!
I made these for my family for Christmas. Everyone enjoyed them, even my hubby who is very picky. The bars were a little too sweet for me so I plan to reduce the sugar next time. These bars are going to be a new favorite holiday treat.
Was going to give these as gifts but after taste testing found them to have no flavor aside from the frosting. Disappointing.
Oh no… gained ONE pound, lmao. Going to try these for christmas though.
These look amazing, and I plan on making them for a Christmas baby reveal party. Can I make them ahead of time and freeze them?
I think that would be okay!
Help please! If I want to make this in a 10 x 15 pan, how should I adjust the recipe? Thank you for the wonderful recipe and any advice you can give me!
I’m not sure! That’s an awfully big pan for this recipe because they are a pretty thin bar as it is…
The recipe listed salted butter and I wasn’t sure if that was accurate so I used unsalted butter. To be honest, these don’t taste like the Starbucks cranberry bliss bars to me but I do think that these are fantastic. Super rich and they look and scream Christmas. Thanks for a good recipe!
Can you freeze these once they are iced and cranberries on top?
I think they’d freeze okay!
Hi, what can I use to substitute the cream cheese for the frosting?
I don’t think I’d try to substitute anything- maybe look for another frosting recipe that you’d like to use instead?
Better than Starbucks:
I followed other people’s recommendations and added in adjusted the following : I put a teaspoon of grated orange zest in the cream cheese icing. I also put an eighth of a teaspoon of ginger into the dry ingredients with the cinnamon. The result is absolutely amazing! I highly recommend this recipe!
These cranberry bliss bars are freaking delicious! They were easy to make, look amazing and are one of the best bar cookies I’ve ever made. I think they’re better than the Starbucks version. I did add the orange zest which for me kicked it up a notch. I highly recommend!
This recipe is a five as it stands. Several members of my family cannot have anything with nuts or seeds, ex cranberries have small seeds since these cookies sound outstanding so as not to deprive my family of the joy of them. I think you can use dried cherries Chopped and could use either white or dark chocolate for icing. There are many many not lovers so I think you could use nutsThat complement cranberries or cherries. I am not trying to rewrite a great recipe just trying to compensate for the folks that can’t enjoy seeds or nuts. I found a similar recipe in the 1950s in a Watkins advertiser mini hand out with recipes. I am so glad to have found this recipe thank you for doing the holiday recipes that many bring back memories of the olden years or some of us.
These are the best bars I have ever tasted. Delicious
You missed the main ingredient that makes it so much more than just a white chocolate blondie. Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars have candied Ginger in them and without it these are just cranberry bars. I am surprised you could not taste the ginger in Starbucks bars. I will not tell you the amount of candied ginger but it is easy to find in the cookbook Top Secret Recipes. They taste exactly like Starbucks bars but ebven moister. I guess I am just a stickler for finding all the ingredients in a recipe when telling people it is a copycat recipe. These bars are really good but missed the mark on being cranberry BLISS bars.
Where’s the video!!
If you’re on desktop, it will be at the top. If you’re on your phone or iPad, it is located just above the recipe toward the end of the post.
Could I bake these in a 10×15 jelly roll pan?
You could certainly try!
I made this with my mom since we both love the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss bars, if you add the orange zest it really is an exact replica of the bars Starbucks offers! Absolutely delish! Will have to make these again in the future.
I’ve made your recipe for years. It’s my go-to for holiday baking/gift giving!
These are a perfect holiday treat! The second time I made them I used a little orange zest in place of the cinnamon. Delicious!
One of my favorites — tastes exactly like them!
These are my favorite!! I can’t wait to whip these up, this is the best recipe.
These are truly just like the Starbucks version! Amazing.
The only comments I have ever received when making these “Now I won’t enjoy the stabucks ones as much since these are so much better” and I will attest they are SO. MUCH. BETTER. I am forever changed by these
Amazing recipe! I love all things cranberry!
My kids loved these
These are blissful indeed, so good!
This recipe is amazing, but made even better with some ground ginger and some chopped candied ginger added to the batter! I have done it and they are even better than the bars you pay a small fortune for at Starbucks!
Thank you for an AMAZING recipe! Thank you thank you thank you because I made these for the homeless ladies of the shelter and they loved them. I did add ginger and 1 drop of doTerra Wild Orange essential oil (as my citrus element) to the base and it was spot on with the cinnamon!
I’m wondering if these can be frozen. I need to bake for my niece’s wedding in a few weeks and I’d like to get them done ahead of time.
I think they’d probably freeze just fine if you wrap and seal them well in the freezer.
The Starbucks version is much more festive tasting. They add a variety of spices, more than only cinnamon. I added pumpkin pie spices as well as grated orange and/or lemon to the batter. Putting it in the batter is more flavorful as you get a more lasting aeromatic flavor. The results were fantastic! Great starting point, thank you! They taste like Christmas!
Good to know- thanks for the tips!
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.
can’t wait to try these.
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!!
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!
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!!!
I love this recipe. Turns out terrific everytime. So simple and delicious and a genuine crowd pleaser. Thank you for this winning recipe!
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!
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!
These were soo good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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
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.
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!!
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!!
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! 🙂
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?
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!
Hi Lori! I’m here looking at your old recipes 🙂 This one looks really yummy!
Can I use good white choc chips instead?
You can try!
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!
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.
And yes, I agree, 18-21 minutes wasn’t enough I think I cooked mine at least 30.
Took these for dessert to a dinner last night. Everyone just raved over them. They are delicious!!! I didn’t bring any home!
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.
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. 🙂
These are amazing! Thank you and Happy Holidays!!
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!
One question – how did you get them out of the baking pan to cool without them breaking? I’m having issues…
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.
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!
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
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. 🙂
Making these bars right now! The batter is amazing, the smell is amazing, can’t wait for the finished product 😀
Your bliss bars or cranberry blondies are far superior to Starbucks. I just made a batch and they look and taste amazing. Thanks!
Wow! Thank you so much for the recipe! I made these for Valentine’s Day and they turned out great!
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!
Thanks so much for this recipe!! They are amazing. Thank you SO much!
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.
Glad to hear! Not the burned chocolate part- but otherwise 🙂 Happy holidays!
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!
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are delightful Lori. Cream cheese and cranberries .. oh my! Happy holidays Lori and wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!
Made these last night to take to the holiday party at work today. Wow! They are very, very good!
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.
Great recipe! My husband always wanted these at home. I just made them today. Excellent and easy to prep!
I love these!! They look amazing, Lori!
Don’t mind me I’m new to baking 🙂 Can you freeze these to serve at a later date?
I’ve not tried freezing these.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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. 🙂
So delicious!Took them into work today–all gone!! (any many requests for the recipe)
These look really yummy!! I love your 5 reasons you’re baking…sounds similar to mine! 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
This look fantastic! I’, going tp make them!
I made these last winter. Mine don’t look nearly as pretty but they tasted phenomenal!
I love all things cranberry and these look scrumptious!
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.
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.
Droooooling. Love the look of that bottom layer. Am looking forward to making these this holiday season. Yum!
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 =)
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 🙂
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.
Those look awesome! I’m adding them to my Christmas baking list. (I want the full story on the neighbors and the opportunities???).
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.
I made these (a Starbucks copycat recipe) a couple years ago at Christmastime. They were a big hit! Yours look de-lish.
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!
Going to try these for sure. I have been baking a lot lately too. And I think for all the same reasons.
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.
These bars look blissfully delicious Lori.
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!
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!
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.
OMG these are my favorite treats from Starbucks!!!!! I can’t wait to try them for myself (although this could be a bad idea…)
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
This definitely would cheer me up, rain or shine!
Sending good thoughts to your mom’s recovery.
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!
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 🙂
Must make! Might have to run to the store for some white chocolate
Never been a giant fan of cranberries in my desserts, but you’ve totally sold me!
Your bars look amazing! I am sure they taste a million times better than the Starbucks version! Lovely!
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! 🙂
These are *definitely* better than anything SBux could crank out!! And perfect for the holidays–what is it about cranberries and white chocolate? 🙂
I used to work at Starbucks and the Cranberry Bliss Bars would sell out ever.single.day. Without fail! Totally saving this recipe.
Looks and sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try myself.
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!
I’ve seen this recipe around and it’s on my list to bake this holiday season! the bars look great!
Oooh yes please! We loooove the bliss bar at Starbucks and are so excited we can make them at home! These look perfect!
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
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!
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:-)
These seem like the perfect antidote to a tough week. Gorgeous pics and delicious combination of flavours!
This is just what I need right now. Yum!
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!
Lori, that cream cheese topping always gets me..reminds me of carrot cake but dried cranberries are fine by me too!