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Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

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I love me some Starbucks anytime and anywhere, but during the holidays that pretty green & white logo is even more tempting.  Not because of the Peppermint Mochas or Gingerbread Lattes, (though they are delicious), but because of the yummiest treat on the planet…..Cranberry Bliss Bars.

Mmmmmmmmm……

For those of you who haven’t been lucky enough to try one of these little gems, a Cranberry Bliss Bar is basically a blondie packed with white chocolate & cranberries, then frosted with the best frosting ever, then sprinkled with a few more bits of dried cranberry for good measure.  It is like a little bite of holiday cheer that comes in the form of a bar.  And, as if that weren’t good enough, this homemade version is super easy to whip up in just a single bowl!  If you are really short on time, you could use the store bought cream cheese frosting, but trust me when I tell you that this homemade browned butter cream cheese icing is worth the very small amount of extra effort!

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Here is what you need:

1/2 recipe Browned Butter Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
6 ounces white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries, plus more for sprinkling on top
baking spray

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Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 8×8″ square casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.  Melt butter in saucepan or microwave.

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Step 2: Add melted butter and brown sugar to large mixing bowl; mix well.

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Step 3: Add egg and vanilla; mix well.

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Step 4: Add flour and salt; mix well.

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Step 5: Fold in cranberries and white chocolate chips with a spatula.

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Step 6: Transfer batter to baking dish; bake at 350 degrees for approximately 22-24 minutes.

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Step 7: Remove from oven & let cool completely on wire rack.  Invert dish onto wire rack, then invert again onto cutting board with top facing up.

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Step 8: Frost with generous layer of Browned Butter Cream Cheese Icing; sprinkle with finely chopped dried cranberry pieces.  Chill in refrigerator 1 hour; cut into bars.

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What’s your favorite Starbucks treat?

13 Comments

  1. Holly
    December 11 at 04:09PM

    Mmmmmmm…..Starbucks! I love all their holiday treats but the cranberry bliss bars are my fav! Can’t wait to try these!

  2. December 11 at 07:21PM

    Cranberry Bliss Bars are my absolute favorite treat from Starbucks! You know what else makes them extra delicious while making them at home? Adding some orange zest to the batter before baking them. Try it sometime, you’ll love it! Thanks for sharing, my friend!

  3. December 11 at 10:23PM

    Thanks Ruth for the recipe… I absolutely love these bars at Starbucks!!

    Raven J. True Blue Baking

  4. December 12 at 11:12AM

    I’m going to cash in my Free Birthday Drink at Starbucks today and was actually thinking of getting myself a Cranberry Bliss Bar! love Cranberry Bliss Bars! Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m going to make myself a whole batch!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

  5. LCG
    December 16 at 12:34PM

    These were yummy, but I had to bake them for over 30 min. Also I would recommend using parchment. Mine broke when I flipped them, because the stuck to the baking dish even though it was greased.

  6. Ali
    January 2 at 04:26AM

    It’s missing a little orange zest. I used a T orange juice on a separate occasion. Starbucks does have orange zest.i ordered an entire box a few years ago,so I saw the ingredients

  7. Cassie
    December 13 at 11:40AM

    I made this last night for our church ornament exchange. And let me start off with saying don’t bake well, I mean I can follow instructions but my patience is thin. This was so easy to make, and EVERYONE loved it. The Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars are my favorite, I live on them this time of year so of all people I am the biggest skeptic on an actual copycat of this. It tastes JUST like them, identical! I did follow the advice of one comment and added about 1/2 tsp of orange zest to both the bar and the icing and I think it made it THAT much better. Thank you for this awesome recipe! I have a feeling this recipe will be requested from my friends and family often!

  8. Jess
    December 22 at 02:13PM

    My batter came out waaaay thicker than the one pictured. Maybe because I used whole wheat flour? :-/ Not sure how they’ll come out.

  9. Kerri
    December 23 at 05:19PM

    Trial run today. The bars have great flavor but are woefully underbaked. They are back in the oven now to hopefully finish them offf right. The frosting is to die for!

  10. Cassie
    December 23 at 02:34PM

    I found this recipe of yours last year and made them for a church party, then was requested by several people to make them for Christmas Sunday service for the volunteers, and this year we are baking them for gifts! I’m not known for my baking but this recipe has put me on the radar! I agree with the other reviewers, orange zest is a MUST! I also put a bit in the icing!

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