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Cranberry Bliss Bars

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I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while and finally got a great opportunity to make it.  I know it’s not the time of year when you typically bake with cranberries, but I didn’t care- I was determined to make them anyway :)  These bars start with a cake-like base with a nice ginger flavor, as well as some white chocolate.  I love the cranberry-white chocolate combination.  Next comes a cream cheese frosting layer.  It was perfectly sweet and accented with lemon juice and dried cranberries, and then it was topped with a light drizzle.

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These bars are based on a baked good from Starbucks, but I am not a coffee drinker and have only been to Starbucks once or twice in my life, so I don’t know how they compare.  Jaime claims that these are actually better!  These got great reviews and were worth making, and it’s a great way to enjoy these wonderful flavors, even with summer upon us!

Cake
1 cup butter , softened
1-1/4 cups light brown sugar , packed
3 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla or orange extract
1 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 cups All Purpose flour
3/4 cup diced dried cranberries
6 ounces white chocolate, cut into chunks

Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
4 teaspoons lemon juice or 2 tsp orange extract
1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup diced dried cranberries

Drizzled Icing
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, ginger, and salt; beat well. Gradually mix in flour until smooth.

Mix 3/4 cup diced dried cranberries and white chocolate into the batter by hand.

Pour batter into a well-greased 9×13-inch baking pan and spread evenly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake is light brown on the edges. Let cool.

Frosting: Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.

When the cake has cooled, spread frosting over the top of cake. Sprinkle top with diced cranberries.

Icing: Whisk powdered sugar, milk, and shortening. Drizzle icing over cranberries in a sweeping motion or use a pastry bag with a fine tip.

Allow cake to sit for several hours, then cut into pieces.

Source: Adapted from Good Eats & Sweet Treats, who adapted it from recipezaar.com

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14 Responses

  1. Those bars look so delicious! I love the cranberry and white chocolate combo. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I made these about four months ago and fell in love! They are sooo good. YOurs look perfect!

  3. These look great!

  4. I love these during the holidays! (I’ve missed commenting on your blog for a bit so it’s so good to have some time and catch up with all your cooking/baking! :) )

  5. I’ll be saving this recipe, it looks yummy!

  6. Yumm I’ve wanted to make these for a long time! I love the Starbucks one and I’ve also heard that these are even better.

  7. glad you enjoyed these! i love them

  8. I’m the same – I don’t care what time of year it is, these would be great year round!

  9. I had these starred to make around the holidays and then never got around to them – I think i need to make them soon though!

  10. These look wonderful. I think there are several things that we should’nt wait till the holidays to make and baking with cranberries is one of them, pumpkin would be the other!

  11. Very similar! I have eaten so many of the Starbucks version that I consider myself an expert and this is a very nice copycat!

  12. I actually made them for this past Christmas, they were a huge hit! Like you I saw them at Starbucks and always wanted to make them. Happy baking!

  13. […] We both love baking and spending time in the kitchen so it was definitely a fun day for us!   We are also crazy for Christmas, so we put in some Christmas DVD’s, watched movies and baked all afternoon!  Amy found this great CopyCat recipe for Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bar cookies. […]

  14. Great recipe! I actually like them better than the bars at Starbuck’s… nothing like homemade! This will become an annual holiday recipe in our home.

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