Cranberry Bliss Bars (Starbucks Copycat)

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Save money and make these copycat Cranberry Bliss bars at home. Plus you can enjoy one anytime you want!

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Cranberry Bliss Bars are a sweet end to any meal.It’s the last day of #CranberryWeek so I thought I’d finish with one of my husband’s, and now son’s, favorite recipes. He loves the cranberry bliss bars from that popular coffee shop. So I went on the hunt to see about making a copycat version. After all, he’s been asking for a while now.

Whenever I make something sweet, I try to plan it when I have a meeting or so I can give some away so we aren’t tempted to eat it all. This is a recipe that is not the easiest to share.

If you’re taking it to a pot luck or some similar event, that would be OK ,but because it does need to be refrigerated it’s hard to include in a gift tin or platter. It would not stack well at all.

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I did share with my neighbors but this is not a recipe that can sit out for a long period of time. A couple of hours at a pot luck or on a dessert buffet is fine. Serve them in festive muffin liners so they are easy for guests to pick up.

It is very rich so smaller sized bars are best. You can always go back for more.


Cranberry Bliss Bars are a sweet end to any meal.

Cranberry Bliss Bars (Starbucks Copycat)

Cranberry Bliss Bars are a sweet end to any meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 bars


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips melted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter an 8×12 jelly roll pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk melted butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract, whisk until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until the ingredients are combined.
  • Fold in 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter in an even layer in the prepared pan (the batter will be thick).
  • Bake the 8×12 pan for about 15 minutes. The bars are done when they have puffed slightly, are light brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. They will appear a little underdone but they will continue to cook as they cool. Be careful not to over bake them. Cool completely before frosting.
  • Make the frosting: Using a mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and salt and beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add in half of the melted white chocolate and beat to combine. Spread the bars with the frosting and scatter the dried cranberries on top.
  • Drizzle the remaining melted white chocolate over the top.
  • Store the bars tightly covered in the refrigerator.

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  1. They look even better than the original recipe. They don’t even tempt me at Starbucks but now I’m very tempted to make them!

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