Cranberry bliss bars-Starbucks copycat recipe

Cranberry bliss bars the best Starbucks copycat recipe

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These cranberry bliss bars are the perfect copycat recipe of the Starbucks cranberry bliss bars. This homemade version of your favorite coffee shop treat is easily replicable at home with pantry staples. It almost tastes better than the original version, the best part is that when you make it at home, you have leftovers for the next day!

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Delicious cranberry bliss bars

Today, I am bringing you probably one of the most addicting recipes that has ever seen the light on my blog. Ok, maybe that’s a lie because I have quite a lot of recipes that I can’t get enough of but this one is high up on the list as well!

I remember the first time Starbucks rolled out their cranberry bliss bars. Oh my goodness I was so happy, I love their baked goods. I mean, they are made in a lab after all to make sure that they look and taste as good as possible. And obviously, they succeeded because this is not my only favorite baked good from there.

I’m addicted to their lemon loaf that I will be sharing on the blog at some point. As well as their Sky High Banana Walnut Muffins!

These cranberry bliss bars are the perfect Starbucks copycat recipe!

Since, this has been a long time favorite for me, I decided that I wanted to recreate it for the holidays so you guys can make these cookie bars and gift them to your loved ones (they’re dangerous if they stay home, so I try to give as much away as I can when it comes to these!)

Cranberry bliss bar recipe

What are cranberry bliss bars?

Cranberry bliss bars are a Starbucks specialty! It is made with a blondie bar base and topped with. the most luscious and delicious cream cheese frosting.

The cream cheese frosting itself is a mixture of cream cheese and white chocolate to make it extra special and extra fancy. Top that with cranberries and an extra drizzle of white chocolate to

What makes this cranberry bliss bar recipe special?

This recipe is amazing and here is why you need to make it:

  • It’s the perfect Starbucks cranberry bliss bar copycat recipe.
  • Love white chocolate? This is the dessert recipe for you!
  • It is so versatile, you can make it for the holiday season or anytime during the year.
  • This recipe freezes so well, so make the whole bars and have it throughout the month.
  • It has so much depth of flavor because of the little bit of cinnamon that’s in the batter.
Delicious cranberry bliss bars

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Ingredients for cranberry bliss bars
Ingredients

Ingredients for cranberry bliss bars

To make these white chocolate blondies with cranberry, here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • Butter – You will need butter to make the soft and chewy blondie base of these bliss bars.
  • Brown sugar– The blondie recipe uses brown sugar to keep the bars soft and chewy just like we like them!
  • Egg– You will need one egg at room temperature.
  • Vanilla extract– The vanilla extract will be used for both the blondie base as well as the frosting topping.
  • Flour– All-purpose flour is what we use for this recipe.
  • Salt– Some salt to balance out the sweetness of this baked good.
  • Cinnamon– The cinnamon adds a touch of holiday cheer to these blondies.
  • Dried cranberries You will need some dried cranberries to mix in the blondie batter as well as sprinkle on top of the frosting.
  • White chocolate chips Use good quality chocolate chips for the best taste. I use Ghirardelli!
  • Cream cheese– The cream cheese is used to make the frosting of these Starbucks bars
  • Powdered sugar – You will need just a little bit of powdered sugar to make your cream cheese frosting.

How to make cranberry bliss bars

Here is how you can make the Starbucks bliss bars at your own home year round!

  • Start by preheating the oven to 350F then line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and the vanilla extract, and beat until incorporated.
  • Add in the flour, cinnamon, and salt and beat again just until combined. Add in the cranberries and the white chocolate chips and gently fold.
  • Spread the blondie batter into the prepared baking pan with a rubber spatula, and bake for 24 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool the blondies completely before frosting.

How to make cream cheese frosting for cranberry bars

The cream cheese portion of this recipe is extremely easy. Here is how you can make it flawlessly:

  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with powdered sugar with an electric mixer or a stand mixer for 3-4 minutes until creamy. Add in the vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons of melted chocolate and mix until combined.
  • Spread the frosting on the cooled blondie bar, sprinkle with the dried cranberries, and drizzle with the 1 tbsp of melted chocolate. Store in the fridge to set before slicing into it.
How to cut cranberry

How to cut cranberry bliss bars?

The Starbucks cranberry bliss bars have that iconic triangular shape. I created this diagram at the bottom to show you how you can cut your 8×8 inch bliss bars just like the ones from Starubcks.

Start by cutting your blondies by following the red lines. Now slice from corner to corner, following the blue lines. Now cut in the shape of the orange lines to get your perfect triangle shaped bliss bars.

How to cut cranberry bliss bars

Tips for the best Starbucks copycat cranberry bliss bars

When you are making these amazing treats, here are a few tips that will help you create a recipe just like mine:

  • Don’t over mix– The blondie layer needs to be soft and melt in your mouth just like your favorite cookies. So don’t over mix the dough once you add in the flour.
  • Don’t over bake– Again, we don’t want a tough over baker base to our cranberry bars. Bake these bars just until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Line your baking pan with parchment paper– Lining your baking pan with parchment paper will ensure that you can easily remove the blondie bars out of the pan before frosting them.
  • Let the blondies cool completely before frosting- Don’t top your blondies with the white chocolate cream cheese frosting until you it is fully cooled down. If you spread your frosting while the blondies are still hot, you will end up with a melted, messy puddle of frosting and we don’t want that.

How to store cranberry bliss bars?

You can store your frosted and drizzled with white chocolate cranberry bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. I personally love my bars right out of the fridge, what a treat!

Can cranberry bliss bars be frozen?

You they can! These are freezer friendly, all you need to do is place them in an airtight container and in the freezer. They will last for up to 2 months this way. When you’re ready to enjoy them, thaw them in the fridge overnight.

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Cranberry bliss bars-Starbucks copycat recipe

Starbucks copycat cranberry bliss bars

Soft and chewy cranberry white chocolate blondie bars topped with a luscious crema cheese white chocolate frsoting. The perfect Starbucks treat, right at your home!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 24 mins
Total Time 44 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 179 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup & 2 tbsp All purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries roughtly chopped
  • 3 oz white chocolate chips

Frosting ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp white chocolate divided
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • Start by preheating the oven to 350F then line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Make the cranberry white chocolate blondie bars

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and the vanilla extract, and beat until incorporated.
  • Add in the flour, cinnamon, and salt and beat again just until combined. Add in the cranberries and the white chocolate chips and gently fold.
  • Spread the blondie batter into the prepared baking pan with a rubber spatula, and bake for 24 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool the blondies completely before frosting.

Made the white chocolate cream cheese frosting.

  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with powdered sugar with an electric mixer or a stand mixer for 3-4 minutes until creamy. Add in the vanilla extract and 3 table spoons of melted chocolate and mix until combined.
  • Spread the frosting on the cooled blondie bar, sprinkle with the dried cranberries, and drizzle with the 1 tbsp of melted chocolate. Store in the fridge to set before slicing into it.

Notes

Store these bliss bars in an air tight container in the fridge for up to one week.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 227mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 425IUCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
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