Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe (Starbucks Copycat) (2024)

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Cranberry Bliss Bars: the copycat of the famous Starbucks treat! A delicious blondie packed with cranberries, white chocolate chips and a hint of orange.

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Why This Recipe Works

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?!

How To Make Cranberry Bliss Bars

Step 1

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 11×16 (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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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!

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Recipe Notes

  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Cut into triangles to replicate the trademark way Starbucks cuts their bars.

Brownie vs Blondie – A Comparison

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!

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Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)

Cranberry Bliss Bars: the copycat of the famous Starbucks treat! A delicious blondie packed with cranberries, white chocolate chips and a hint of orange.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 25 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 36

Calories: 288kcal

Author: Megan Porta

Ingredients

BARS

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened 2 sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

FROSTING AND TOPPING

  • 2 pkg cream cheese 2 – 8 oz packages, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 8 oz vanilla almond bark or white baking chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips for topping
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries for topping

Instructions

MAKE THE BARS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat an 11×16 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

Notes

  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Cut into triangles to replicate the trademark way Starbucks cuts their bars.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

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FAQs

What are the ingredients in Starbucks cranberry bliss bars? ›

Wheat flour, Sugars [brown sugar, sucrose, maltodextrin], Cream cheese [pasteurized milk and cream, cheese culture, salt, carob bean gum, guar gum], Butter, White confectionery coating [sugar, vegetable oils, whey powder, skim milk powder, soy lecithin, natural flavour, vanilla], Cranberries [cranberries, sugar, ...

What is the cranberry thing at Starbucks? ›

Melt away the holiday chill with the sweet and tart flavors of whole dried cranberries in layers of creamy milk chocolate. They pair well with a range of beverages, from Central and South American coffees to lattes, mochas and more.

Do Starbucks cranberry bliss bars need to be refrigerated? ›

Do Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Need to be Refrigerated? One of the most pressing questions regarding this recipe is whether or not they need to be refrigerated after baking. The answer is yes. They will keep better in the refrigerator and especially since it has the cream cheese frosting on top.

Are there nuts in cranberry bliss bars? ›

The Starbucks version of the cranberry bliss bars does not have nuts. My recipe does not have nuts in the batter, but I add chopped pistachios to the topping.

Are Craisins dried cranberries? ›

Dried cranberries may be marketed as craisins due to the similarity in appearance with raisins, although the word "Craisin" is a registered trademark of Ocean Spray. Craisins were introduced as part of a packaged cereal produced by Ralston Purina in 1989.

Is the Cranberry Bliss bar seasonal? ›

Table of Contents. Cranberry bliss bars are a seasonal treat at Starbucks—but when you make them at home, it's bliss bar season all year long! If you're looking for the perfect easy homemade treat to make for your office holiday potluck or gifting to friends and family, you've found it.

What is in a pink lady at Starbucks? ›

Starbucks Pink Drink is a light and refreshing beverage that features the sweet flavors of Strawberry Acai Refreshers® with accents of passion fruit and acai combined with Coconutmilk, and topped with a scoop of strawberries.

What is the lady on Starbucks? ›

“It's the siren. She is not a real person, but we kind of think of her as one. She's the biggest symbol of our brand, really, other than our partners (employees). She's the face of it,” Steve Murray said.

What is the goddess on Starbucks? ›

Second, the Siren. So who is this memorable maiden, who's been with us, in various forms, since our inception? She's the brainchild of Terry Heckler, a corporate artist and the one-time creative partner of Gordon Bowker, one of the founders of Starbucks. Flash back to 1971.

Can cranberry bliss bars be left out? ›

Garnish: After frosting, but before the white chocolate drizzle sets, sprinkle the additional chopped cranberries on top. This ensures they stick to the bars. Storage: Remember that the cream cheese frosting means these bars should be stored in the refrigerator if not consumed within a few hours.

How long do cranberry bliss bars keep? ›

How Long Do Cranberry Bliss Bars Keep? Keep these bars in an airtight contain in the refrigerator. They will last for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze cranberry bliss bars? ›

Storing Leftover Homemade Bliss Bars

You can also freeze Starbucks cranberry bliss bars! Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and flash freeze for about an hour, until firm. Then, stack between layers of parchment in a freezer-safe container or storage bag.

How much sugar is in a bliss bar? ›

Ingredients
Typical ValuesPer 20g BarPer 100g
Carbohydrate14 g71 g
of which sugars7.2 g36 g
Fibre1.2 g6.0 g
Protein0.9 g4.7 g
4 more rows

Does the Cranberry Bliss bar have dairy? ›

“Enriched Flour [Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Enzyme, Folic Acid], Brown Sugar, Cream Cheese [Pasteurized Milk And Cream, Cheese Culture, Salt, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum], Butter [Cream], White Confectionery Coating[Sugar, Palm Kernel And Palm Oils, Whey Powder, Nonfat Milk Powder, ...

How many cranberry bliss bars in a tray? ›

The tray comes with 6 bars.

Is Starbucks Refresha vegan? ›

Vegan Starbucks Drinks

Refresha Drinks – The Strawberry Acai, Pink Coconut and Cool Lime flavours are vegan. Frappuccinos – Coffee, Mocha, Espresso, Vanilla Cream, Strawberries and Cream and Chocolate Cream flavours are vegan with dairy alternative milks and vegan whipped cream.

Who makes bliss whip bars? ›

Lemon flavoured nougat bars with crispy cereal pieces, candied lemon peel enrobed with a white coating. May contain Peanuts and Nuts. Made for: Lightbody Ventures Ltd, 154 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2HG, United Kingdom.

What is the violet drink at Starbucks made of? ›

The violet drink at Starbucks is made with the Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers® mix (real fruit juice mixed with blackberries and green coffee extract), coconut milk and a handful of ice. What does it taste like? This tea-based drink is very fruity and tropical, thanks to the coconut milk and blackberries.

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