Cranberry Bliss Bars

Cranberry Bliss Bars are a must-make recipe.  These are white- chocolate cranberry blondies that are very reminiscent of 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.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

They’re really and truly just “White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies,” but if you’re a Starbuck’s fan… they’re clearly 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.

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.

White Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Bars

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 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.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

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!!

White Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Bars

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.

White Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Bars

Triangles seem like the obvious shape to cut these into.  They’re much prettier than “squares,” I think.

Cranberry Bliss Bar

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:

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Cranberry Bliss Bars

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bars, cranberry
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 30 servings (2 1/2 dozen)
Calories 236 kcal

Ingredients

BLONDIE LAYER:

  • 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

FROSTING:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Instructions

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

PREPARE THE BLONDIE LAYER:

  1. 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).

  2. 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:

  1. 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.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • If you'd like to add an orange flavor to these bars, add 1 tablespoon grated orange zest to the frosting.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Bliss Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Potassium 93mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Sugars 24g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.3%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 5.2%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com wrote:

    This definitely would cheer me up, rain or shine!

    Sending good thoughts to your mom’s recovery.

  • Joanne wrote:

    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!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

    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 🙂

  • Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) wrote:

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

  • Jessica @ How Sweet wrote:

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

  • Jen of My Tiny Oven wrote:

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

  • patsyk wrote:

    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! 🙂

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray wrote:

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

  • Lauren wrote:

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

  • Meg @ Sweet Twist wrote:

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

  • Samantha wrote:

    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!

  • Maria wrote:

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

  • The Blue-Eyed Bakers wrote:

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

  • Cookbook Queen wrote:

    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

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray wrote:

    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!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet wrote:

    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:-)

  • Kathryn wrote:

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

  • Katrina wrote:

    This is just what I need right now. Yum!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga wrote:

    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!

  • Peter wrote:

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