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Cranberry Bliss Bars

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If you find yourself counting down the days until you can get your hands on Cranberry Bliss Bars, this copycat recipe is exactly what you need to enjoy them at home any time of the year.

Three cranberry bliss bars arranged on a white plate, with a bite taken out of one of them

I used to count down the days until I could buy the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar. But now I have my own recipe, and honestly, it’s even better!

Cranberry is such a wonderful flavor that deserves more attention all year long. I’m not complaining about it getting its due in winter, though.

The flavors in these cranberry bars are similar to another copycat recipe of mine, glazed orange scones, as well as my cranberry orange bread and cranberry orange cinnamon rolls.

What can I say, I love the combo of cranberry and orange!

Ingredients for cranberry bliss bars arranged on a marble countertop

DO CRANBERRY BLISS BARS HAVE NUTS? 

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.

There are so many things to love about these bars, and the topping is right up there as a favorite.

I like the crunch the pistachios provide, but if you are avoiding nuts, feel free to skip them! The bars are just as delicious with the other toppings.

Spatula stirring cranberry bliss bar batter in a white bowl

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR THIS CRANBERRY BLISS BAR RECIPE? 

This recipe has a cake base, cream cheese frosting, and toppings. 

You’ll need:

  • Softened unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • 2 oranges, zested
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Dried cranberries
  • White chocolate chips
  • Softened cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Chopped pistachios
  • White chocolate bar, to make curls or shavings
Cranberry bliss bar batter in a parchment-lined baking pan

Make sure to set out your butter and cream cheese so they can come to room temperature, or use my trick for quickly warming butter.

Baked cranberry bliss bars in a parchment-lined baking pan

HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY BLISS BARS 

Grab a large bowl and beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer for this step to make it quick and easy.

Then, beat in the eggs, vanilla, and orange zest until the mixture is creamy and well blended.

Spatula stirring cream cheese frosting for cranberry bliss bars in a white bowl

In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. We do this in a separate bowl to ensure the spices are even throughout the bars.

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir well. It might seem thick, but that’s OK.

Fold in the cranberries and white chocolate chips, then spread it all into your prepared pan and bake.

Let the bars cool completely before frosting. 

Overhead view of a pan of cranberry bliss bars cut into triangles and topped with cranberries, pistachios, and white chocolate curls

To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter to soften it, then add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and orange zest.

Beat the frosting until it is creamy and smooth, then spread it on the cooled bars. Scatter on chopped dried cranberries, chopped pistachios, and white chocolate curls, then chill until ready to serve.

Cranberry bliss bars cut into triangles, set on a piece of parchment paper

HOW TO MAKE WHITE CHOCOLATE CURLS 

I think chocolate curls add such a festive touch to desserts. If you have a vegetable peeler, you can easily do this yourself.

To make the curls, you’ll need a bar of white chocolate. This can either be the larger baking blocks, or just a white chocolate candy bar.

The size of your bar will determine the size of the curls, so choose what you prefer. I think the smaller ones are great for the cranberry bars because you can get a little bit of white chocolate in each bite.

Using the vegetable peeler, run it along one edge of the bar, as though you are peeling it. This will create the curls!

You might need a little practice, but you’ll be a curl-making pro in no time.

Close up of cranberry bliss bars on a white plate next to a cup of coffee

CAN CRANBERRY BLISS BARS BE FROZEN? 

This recipe makes a big pan of bars, but you can freeze any extras.

To freeze, cut the bars into individual squares or triangles, then wrap tightly in foil or plastic wrap.

Transfer the bars to a freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months.

To thaw, simply remove the number of bars you want and thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or let come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.

These cranberry bliss bars are going to be a hit for the holidays! Serve them up with coffee flavored with my own homemade vanilla coffee syrup, homemade pumpkin cream cold brew, or your favorite tea.

Three cranberry bliss bars set next to a cup of coffee on a white plate
Three cranberry bliss bars set next to a cup of coffee on a white plate

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Yield: 15 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

If you find yourself counting down the days until you can get your hands on Cranberry Bliss Bars, this copycat recipe is exactly what you need to enjoy them at home any time of the year.

Ingredients

For Cake Base:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup minced dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

For Frosting:

  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of one orange

For the Garnish:

  • dried cranberries
  • chopped pistachios
  • white chocolate shavings

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray then line with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy; about 3 minutes. Add eggs, orange zest and vanilla; beating until well combined. Sift together the dry ingredients and then add to the butter/sugar mixture beating well. Fold in the cranberries and white chocolate. Spread thick batter in pan and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. When cake is cooled, mix all frosting ingredients together and spread over the cake. Garnish with dried cranberries, pistachios and white chocolate shavings. Cut into wedges to serve.

Notes

Adapted from Mr. Breakfast

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Nutrition Information
Yield 15
Amount Per Serving Calories 499Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 96mgSodium 138mgCarbohydrates 55gFiber 2gSugar 42gProtein 6g

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Ann

Friday 26th of November 2021

They sound delicious! Are the bars more like brownies or scones in texture? Thanks!

Jamie

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Kind of like a dense brownie. :)

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Saturday 12th of February 2011

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Melissa

Wednesday 9th of February 2011

I love the kerrygold butter too!!!

Joanne

Sunday 26th of December 2010

I love the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar! I have got to make these!!! thanks for posting the recipe!

Brandy K

Thursday 23rd of December 2010

These were really good. I made them last week, and featured them on my blog--with full credit to you. Thanks for posting such a yummy recipe!

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