Cranberry Bliss Bars! Make them at home, delicious and easy.

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Cranberry Bliss Bars, homemade in your own kitchen
Cranberry Bliss Bars

I have been in love with these bar cookies for a long, long time. Now we can all make them at home. 

Cranberry Bliss Bars
Adapted from: Top Secret Recipes
350-degree oven

Cake/bar layer:
¾ c butter
1 1/4 c brown sugar
3 eggs
1 T finely (very finely) minced crystallized ginger
2 t vanilla
½ t salt
1 ½ c flour
½ t baking powder
¾ c dried cranberries. Chopped coarsely
4 oz bar white chocolate, chopped*

Beat butter and brown sugar until creamy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in ginger and vanilla.

 I used mt\y homemade candied ginger is in this recipe, but use what you have on hand. 

Add salt, flour and baking powder beat until smooth.

Gently mix in chopped cranberries and white chocolate.

Pour batter into a prepared 9X13 pan, spreading batter evenly.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until done in your oven. The cake will be light brown on top.

Let cool, then loosen cake from edges of the pan, before frosting.

Frosting: (NOTE: this is enough for 2 pans of bar cookies or a double batch)
4 oz cream cheese
3 c powdered sugar
4 t lemon juice
1 t vanilla
2 t fresh orange zest
¼ c dried cranberries, chopped fine

Beat all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Spread over cooled cake. Sprinkle evenly with cranberries.

Drizzle: (NOTE: this is enough for 2 pans of bar cookies or a double batch)
¾ c powdered sugar
1 T coconut oil (melted)
1 T milk

Whisk until smooth, drizzle over top, in a lovely pattern,

I am a bit "drizzle" impaired, but I can squeeze a decent line with a heavy-duty bag.

Cranberry Bliss Bars! Make them at home.

Cover the pan and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the next day. To cut into 16 triangles: slice cake through the middle lengthwise. Then slice cake crosswise 3 times to make 8 rectangles. Slice each rectangle, corner to corner to make 16 triangles.

Serve chilled.

Important: The tasting review indicates, for a more authentic Starbucks version use only 1/2 of the frosting and only 1/2 of the drizzle step. Using all the frosting makes for a too-sweet treat, and the cranberry flavor is lost

* I used a natural white chip (no trans fat added) for this recipe and it is noticeable in the photos, but I will splurge and use the 4 oz real white chocolate in future batches. 


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  1. OMG, OMG, OMG, you are new hero! I love the Cranberry Bliss from Starbucks but come one, $2.25 for a little slice? This is my mother's favorite dessert and now I have a recipe. Thank you, Thank you. Thank you!!! :) Sorry but for Christmas I always give some sweets with the actual gifts and was looking for a special recipe for mom. Now I have it! :) Angie

  2. I just bought two bags of dried cranberries now I know what I will be making this weekend delicious recipe thank you!

  3. I've heard about these for a long time but I've never been lucky enough to try one. Thank you for the recipe--I can't wait to make these.

  4. Okay, that sounds just too delicious...I need these, soon!

  5. Hmmmmmmmmm these are great excuses to be naughty!! Guess I need to get my baking on!!

  6. My husband is going to be so mad that you introduced me to him!!! I must have him today. Off to the store.

  7. Cute post! Would you believe I have never been to Starbucks? Not a coffee drinker, but your cranberry bliss sounds delicious. See what I've been missing?

  8. Oooh! These sound good. I like the addition of the ginger.

  9. I never had one of these from Starbucks but have seen this recipe everywhere! They look insanely good - can't wait to try them!

  10. These look fantastic! I am going to have to try making a gluten-free version for my daughter who isinsave about cranberries. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Never tried these from Starbuck before! Looks good. I love cranberries. Would love to give this a try! Lovely Mr. Bliss!

  12. I crave all things cranberry during the holidays and this looks heavenly!

  13. Mom you're so funny! That sounds really good, are you going to share some with you favorite daughter???

  14. Melly, you are too cute! We dont have these at our starbucks! I guess it is a regional treat, but be certain that I will make it some day soon because I always appreciate YOUR tastebud recommendations! all the best and thanks for sharing on the hearth and soul hop! Alex

  15. Melynda, I somehow missed this when you posted it on Monday, I just saw this at Foodie Friday. These are my all-time favourite Starbucks treat and I have yet to make them!! It would be a lot easier if you'd send your whole pan to me, lol! They look fabulous, I absolutely have to try these this year. Thank you!

  16. I really enjoyed your post and this sounds delicious. This is my first visit here but I'll be back often. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  17. What more could a girl ask for? Dessert that can be rationalized as healthy? Cranberries are full of antioxidants, so technically, this is healthfood, right? ;)

  18. Melynda - i feel like a food voyeur after reading about your love affair with cranberry bliss. I confess I have never been introduced, perhaps it is better - NAW - I want to try these! Thanks for sharing your love with the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  19. Oh yum!!!!! Love me some cranberry bliss! Thanks so much for volunteering to taste test the homemade version!


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