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Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

Just a wee bit adapted from The Black Peppercorn

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #cookie #recipe

These are not healthy for you … but they MAY help you save some money, if you’re addicted to those amazing Cranberry Bliss bars at Starbucks. I just love those things. When Steve at The Black Peppercorn posted a recipe for them, well, I just couldn’t resist giving them a try. It’s a good thing I volunteered to bring treats to an art sale my friends were having or I would have eaten WAY too many of these babies.

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #cookie #recipe

I was tempted to try to “healthify” this recipe, but thought I’d make it in its original decadent form first, then try to lighten it up. Wish me luck! Here is the decadent version in all its glory. Merry Christmas my friends!

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: About 16 - 20 bars (depending on how large you cut them)

Serving Size: 1 bar

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars


  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • 4 oz white chocolate chips, chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • For the topping:
  • 4 oz. light cream cheese, softened
  • About 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • About 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter with the sugars till smooth and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir till it's all well mixed.
  3. Add the flour, ginger, salt & baking powder and stir, stir, stir till the mixture is smooth and pretty much lump-free. Fold in the cranberries and white chocolate. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until the bars are nicely golden brown on the top. Set them aside to let them cool.
  4. Make the frosting by mixing together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice till smooth. Here's where you might want to use a mixer to help attain smooth and creaminess. Set aside about 1/3 cup of the frosting (to make an extra drizzle) and use the rest to frost the bars.
  5. Sprinkle with the cranberries right away after frosting. Let set, then cut into triangles.
  6. Take the reserved frosting and add a bit of milk or lemon juice to make a thin drizzle. Drizzle over the top of the bars in a zig zag fashion. Serve and enjoy!


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Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #cookie #recipe

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5 Responses

  1. YUMMY! I wish I could eat these right now!

    December 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

  2. I am seriously craving this for afternoon tea RIGHT NOW!! Yum! anything starbucks copycat is good for me :o) Thanks for sharing at Create Link Inspire. I’ve featured you today… pop over and check it out! Emily@nap-timecreations.com

    December 29, 2013 at 12:02 am

  3. Your Cranberry Bliss Bars looks blissful indeed! What a delicious sounding recipe. I’ve pinned them 🙂

    December 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  4. This looks so elegant and delicious. Great desert to serve to guests. Thanks so much for sharing. Visiting from What We Live Wednesday Blog Hop! Have a wonderful healthy New Years.

    January 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  5. G’day! Looks mouth water, true!
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday Best of 2013 Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

    January 3, 2014 at 12:59 am