Cranberry Bliss Bars {Starbucks Copycat} are white chocolate blondies with added dried cranberries and orange zest, topped with a cream cheese frosting. If you would prefer the bars without cranberries and orange zest, make my White Chocolate Blondies.

Triangles of Cranberry Bliss Bars Covered in Cream Cheese and Cranberries and Drizzled in White Chocolate.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

If you are looking for happiness in a dessert bar, you have come to the right recipe. Hence the name, Cranberry Bliss Bars. The cranberry and orange flavors added to the bars make these the perfect holiday treat (or anytime dessert, if you ask me…) They should be added to both Thanksgiving and Christmas menus, for sure! But, be ready for all of your guests to ask for the recipe.

Drizzling White Chocolate over Cranberry Bliss Bars Still in the Pan.

Ingredients

White Chocolate Chips: Look for high-quality white chocolate chips for the best results. They are added to both the bars and the cream cheese frosting.

Sugar: I used brown sugar in this recipe, which is standard in many blondie recipes.

Orange Zest: As with the white chocolate chips, you will need a little orange zest for both the bars and frosting. It gives the bars a hint of citrus flavor.

Cranberries: Look for dried cranberries, also known as Craisins. I would not recommend using fresh or frozen cranberries in this recipe.

Stacked Cranberry Bliss Bars Showing Texture and Layers.

How to Store

If adding the cream cheese frosting, store Cranberry Bliss Bars in the refrigerator, covered. They will last up to 5 days. If not adding the frosting, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can I Freeze Cranberry Bliss Bars?

Sure! Even with the frosting, you can certainly freeze Cranberry Bliss Bars. They will last in the freezer for up to 3 months. If stacking them, be sure to separate the layers with wax paper or parchment. Let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight before enjoying them.

One triangle of Cranberry Bliss Bar with Bite Removed by a Fork.

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Triangles of Cranberry Bliss Bars Covered in Cream Cheese and Cranberries and Drizzled in White Chocolate.
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Cranberry Bliss Bars {Starbucks Copycat}

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cranberry Bliss Bars {Starbucks Copycat} are white chocolate blondies with added dried cranberries and orange zest, topped with a cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

Blondies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks / 227 g) unsalted butter
  • cup (113 g) white chocolate chips
  • cups (350 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • cups (312.5 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup (160 g) dried cranberries

Frosting

  • 1 cup (160 g) white chocolate chips, melted and divided
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (94 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ cup (65 g) dried cranberries, chopped

Instructions

Blondies

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, including up the sides. Set aside.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and the white chocolate chips. Melt in 20-second intervals, stirring in between each time, until the mixture is creamy with no lumps (about 1-2 minutes total). Allow to slightly cool.
  • To the melted white chocolate mixture, add brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Add the eggs and the egg yolk, one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and the orange zest. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and ginger.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until completely combined. Fold in the dried cranberries.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges just begin to turn golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely before topping with frosting.

Frosting

  • Add the white chocolate chips to a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 20-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar together until smooth.
  • Gradually pour HALF of the melted white chocolate into the cream cheese mixture, reserving the other half for drizzling on top of the bars. Continue to mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add the orange zest and stir to combine.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled blondies.
  • Sprinkle the dried cranberries over the frosting. Drizzle the remaining melted white chocolate over the bars. Enjoy!

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Reader Comments

  1. I made Impossible Pumpkin Pie I absolutely loved it. I ‘m not a crust person, and this hit the spot.
    The “crust” was more on the sides and top then on the bottom. It wasn’t exactly a crust it was firmer than the rest of the pie. I added more nutmeg, that’s how like it. It is excellent.
    Thank you, Amanda

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