Cranberry Bliss Bars

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.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

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.

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 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.

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:

5 from 11 votes

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



  • 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


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 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.


  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.


  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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  • Meagan Mary wrote:

    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!

  • Leticia wrote:

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

  • patti wrote:

    Can I use good white choc chips instead?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You can try!

  • Susan wrote:

    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!

  • Momsapro wrote:

    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.

  • Heather H. wrote:

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

  • Heather H. wrote:

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

  • jenkml wrote:

    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.

  • Krista wrote:

    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. 🙂

  • Jennifer wrote:

    These are amazing! Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

  • Tammy wrote:

    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!

  • Ashley wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      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.

  • Heather wrote:

    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!

  • Laurie wrote:

    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

  • Mallory wrote:

    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. 🙂

  • Mallory wrote:

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

  • Diane wrote:

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

  • Tabatha wrote:

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

  • Michelle wrote:

    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!

  • Andrea wrote:

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