Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe (Starbucks Copycat) {VIDEO}

Cranberry Bliss Bars are even more delicious than the popular Starbucks treat. A delicious blondie is packed with cranberries, white chocolate chips and a hint of orange and is topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting! Great dessert to bring to parties!

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

It was just about a year ago when I tasted the popular Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks for the first time. I immediately fell in love. Have you tried these yummy bars? If not, you need to. And you don’t have to make a trip to Starbucks to do it! This recipe for the scrumptious Cranberry Bliss Bars is the perfect replica of the cranberry- and white-chocolate-packed blondie. I have made a handful of batches of these bars for various gatherings recently and people go nuts over these things. They are trendy for a reason! Starbucks does not sell Cranberry Bliss Bars year-round, which is kinda torturous and what pushed me to make a copycat version. Because when we want something we can’t have, we suddenly NEED it, am I right?!

Check out this short video to see how to make Cranberry Bliss Bars at home!

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How do you make Cranberry Bliss Bars?

  • Mix dry ingredients and set aside. Combine wet ingredients and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until combined. Add orange zest and fold in white chocolate chips and cranberries. Spread the batter into a greased 11x16 (or similar size) pan. You may need to grease your hands or a spatula in order to reach the edges and corners of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until uniformly golden in color.

  • While the bars are cooling, make the dreamy frosting! Combine the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and orange juice. Beat on medium speed until smooth and free of lumps, approximately 1 minute.

  • Place the chopped almond bark (or white baking chocolate) in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir and heat in 30-second intervals (stirring after each) until creamy and free of lumps.

  • Spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top of the cooled bars. Drizzle the melted almond bark (or white baking chocolate) over the top and sprinkle with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Cut into triangles and serve!

What is the difference between a brownie and a blondie?

Brownies and blondies are similar in texture, but blondies do not typically involve chocolate and instead are packed with brown sugar. Blondies have almost a sugar cookie flavoring but in the form of a typical brownie. In short, a blondie is a blonde form of a brownie!

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

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Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

Have you tried Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks? If you have, you are probably frantically searching for a way to make them yourself. I hope this recipe satisfies your craving. Enjoy, friends!

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars
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Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars (Copycat Recipe)

Cranberry Bliss Bars are even more delicious than the popular Starbucks treat. A delicious blondie is packed with cranberries, white chocolate chips and a hint of orange and is topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting! Great dessert to bring to parties!

prep time: 25 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 45 mins

ingredients:

BARS
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
FROSTING AND TOPPING
  • Two 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Four 2-oz. squares vanilla almond bark (or white baking chocolate), finely chopped
  • White chocolate chips and dried cranberries, for topping

instructions

MAKE THE BARS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat an 11x16 pan (or similar) with cooking spray. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until creamy and free of lumps.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix well. Gradually add to the butter-sugar mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined. Stir in the orange zest. Fold in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
  3. Spread the batter even into the prepared pan. You may need to grease your fingers/spatula in order to reach the edges and corners. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until uniformly golden in color. Let cool.
MAKE THE ICING/TOPPING
  1. Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment \n(or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and orange juice. Beat on medium speed until smooth and free of lumps, approximately 1 minute.
  2. Place the chopped almond bark (or baking chocolate) in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir and heat in 30-second intervals (stirring after each) until creamy and free of lumps.
ASSEMBLE THE BARS
  1. Spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top of the cooled bars. Drizzle the melted almond bark (or baking chocolate) over the top and sprinkle with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Cut into triangles and serve!
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