This cranberry bliss bars recipe might be the best thing you will make this year during the holiday season. I definitely cannot take credit for it, this copycat recipe comes from Belle of the Kitchen, but because it is my family’s favorite, I had to share it with you all!
A homemade version of the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar that you can easily make at home, what’s better than that?
This is actually a straightforward recipe to make! It may look overwhelming at first glance, but I promise you, if I can make these, anyone can. And, the bars come together in just one bowl! The thing that takes the most time is letting the bars cool before frosting!
Ok, let’s get started on this amazing Starbucks copycat recipe!
Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe:
First, you will want to beat the melted butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a flat beater attachment. Add in eggs, 1 tsp. orange extract, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Mix until everything is combined.
Add to the above mixture: the ground ginger, baking powder, salt, and flour. Mix until just blended, do not overmix.
Stir in the white chocolate chips and 3/4 cup dried cranberries by hand.
Spread the mixture evenly into the bottom of a prepared pan. I use a 9×13 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. the parchment paper makes it super easy to take the bars out of the pan to frost.
Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 18-22 minutes. The middle should be set and the edges golden brown. Don’t overbake, as you don’t want the bars to be hard.
Allow bars to cool completely before frosting.
To make the delicious cream cheese frosting, beat 8 ounces cream cheese and powdered sugar together until creamy. Add 1/2 teaspoon orange extract and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix well.
Top cooled bars with the frosting and sprinkle with the chopped craisins.
Drizzle white chocolate over the top with a fork.
I let my bars set up in the refrigerator for a few minutes before cutting them into triangles.
And here is how you will cut your copycat cranberry bliss bars into the triangles:
First, cut horizontally, then vertically, and lastly cut each square diagonally.
I hope you love the copycat Starbucks cranberry bliss bars as much as we do! Leave a comment below if you make them!
Cranberry Bliss Bars recipe FAQ
Yes! Do not leave out the orange extract, it is essential in giving the authentic taste!
Once you have sliced the bars, place them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
I have frozen them many times! I place the bars after they have been in the refrigerator overnight in an airtight container and then in the freezer.
Just make sure and plan ahead because they will need to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Cranberry Bliss Bars (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp orange extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup Craisins
Frosting & Topping:
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp orange extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup Craisins, roughly chopped
- 2 squares baking chocolate or almond bark, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 casserole dish with parchment paper.
- Beat together melted butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer, medium speed. Add in eggs, 1 tsp orange extract, 1 tsp vanilla extract and beat until mixed well. Add in ground ginger, baking powder, salt and flour, beating until just blended. Don't overmix.
- Stir in white chocolate chips and Craisins by hand. Spread evenly into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes until set and golden brown at the edges. Do not overbake or bars will be hard. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool. Allow bars to cool completely before topping with frosting.
- To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add 1/2 tsp orange extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and mix well. Top cooled bars with frosting. Sprinkle with chopped Craisins and drizzle white chocolate over the top with a fork. I dip my fork into the chocolate then shake it gently over the top of the bars to create little streaks. You can either slice right away and enjoy, or place the bars in the refrigerator for about an hour to help them set up before cutting. Cut into triangles & enjoy!