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 by Recipe Girl
- Eggnog Sugar Cookie Bars by Inside Bru Crew Life
- Maple Pecan Bars by Recipe Girl
- Cranberry Walnut Bars by Garnish with Lemon
- No Bake Chocolate Mint Bars by Recipe Girl
Cranberry Bliss Bars
- 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) salted butter, cubed
- 1½ cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 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
- 1/2 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.