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Did you know you can make your favorite seasonal treat from Starbucks in your very own kitchen? These Cranberry Bliss Bars are a menu item Starbucks fans look forward to each year. But now, you can make them whenever you’re craving one!

two cranberry bliss bars on a holiday serving plate on a table with Christmas decor.

These delicious dessert bars have a chewy blondie base and cream cheese icing with a hint of orange and mixed-in dried cranberries. Then, it’s topped off with a sweet white chocolate drizzle and more chopped cranberries — absolutely decadent!

Cookie bars are an excellent dessert to bring to work events, family gatherings, or seasonal parties. They’re easy to make and a refreshing break from the typical cookies, brownies, and cupcakes with the same (if not better) satisfying sweetness!

Why you’ll love this Cranberry Bliss Bars recipe!

  • Better than the Best. If you thought it couldn’t get any better than the  Starbucks version, you must try my homemade cranberry bliss bars — the fresh ingredients and from-scratch dough make all the difference!
  • Holiday Treat. You could call the flavor of the dessert holiday spirit, with tart cranberries, a drizzle of white chocolate, and creamy citrus notes!
  • Great for Parties. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for any seasonal event.
ingredients for cranberry bliss bars on a table.

Ingredient notes

Cake Ingredients

  • Butter | Be sure the unsalted butter is at room temperature to make mixing easier and achieve the correct consistency.
  • Sugar | Boost the holiday flavor by sweetening the bar with light brown sugar instead of classic white sugar.
  • Vanilla | Add vanilla extract to deepen the creamy notes.
  • Eggs | Add a couple of large eggs for texture.
  • Flour | All-purpose flour is the perfect ingredient to give these bars structure.
  • Salt | A bit of salt brings out the sweeter taste.
  • Baking powder | Add baking powder to the recipe to make chewy bars.
  • Ginger | Bring out the seasonal spices and add ground ginger to the base of this dessert.
  • Orange | Brighten the tasty bars with fresh orange juice and zest.
  • Cranberries | Add some dried cranberries for texture and tangy flavor.
  • Chocolate chips | White chocolate chips bring bursts of creamy white chocolate in each bite.

Icing

  • Cream cheese | Have your cream cheese softened before starting the recipe.
  • Orange | Match the orange notes in the bars with fresh orange juice and zest in the yummy frosting.
  • Vanilla | Vanilla extract brings more creaminess to the icing.
  • Powdered sugar | Sweeten the simple icing recipe with silky powdered sugar.

Garnish

  • Cranberries and chocolate chips | If desired, add chopped dried cranberries and more white chocolate chips on top of the dessert.

How to make the Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks

Who knew making Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars at home was so easy? 

process steps for making batter for cranberry bliss bars.

STEP 1 | Preheat and mix

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held electric mixer or spoon.

STEP 2 | Add eggs and vanilla

Next, add the vanilla and eggs one at a time and beat them for another minute or two until the ingredients are well combined.

STEP 3 | Mix dry ingredients

Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, and ground ginger in a separate bowl. Then, add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and blend.

tips

  •  If preferred, use the bowl of a stand mixer and combine until smooth.
  • It’s easiest to melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30-second intervals about three or four times.
  • Remember that the dough is thick, sticky, and soft.
Batter in a glass bowl with chopped dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, and orange zest. Cranberry bliss bars in a pan with parchment paper ready for the oven.

STEP 4 | Add remaining ingredients

Now, pour in the orange juice and fresh zest, chopped cranberries, and white chocolate chips, mixing until everything is well combined. 

STEP 5 | Flatten dough and bake

Next, line a baking pan with parchment paper and lay out the dough about 1/2 inch thick. Use a spatula to flatten the dough and slip the sheet into the preheated oven to bake for about 20 minutes. 

STEP 6 | Cool the cake

When the cake is done and the edges are golden brown, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly for about 15 minutes.

How to Make Easy Cream Cheese Icing

adding frosting and dried cranberries on top of baked cranberry bliss bars.

STEP 1 | Combine ingredients

Start with a mixing bowl. Then add the softened cream cheese, orange juice and zest, vanilla, and powdered sugar and mix the ingredients for no longer than 1 minute or until combined.

STEP 2 | Add icing

Spread the icing on top of the bars and sprinkle with a few chopped cranberries.

STEP 3 | Drizzle with melted chocolate

Then, melt the white chocolate chips and drizzle it over the cream cheese frosting. Before slicing and serving, let the chocolate harden.

STEP 4 | Slice and serve!

Finally, cut the tasty treat into three or four-inch squares, cutting each on a diagonal to form triangles. Then, enjoy the homemade version of a delicious cranberry bliss bar– Or two!

If you’re looking for more cranberry dessert recipes to make this Christmas extra special, try my White Chocolate Cranberry Scones, festive Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti Recipe with Christmas sprinkles, and healthy Orange Cranberry Muffins with a citrusy glaze — Yum!

a tray of cranberry bliss bars on a table.

Variations and substitutions

  • Sprinkles. Add festive green and red sprinkles to the bars for the perfect holiday season treat!
  • Boost the Orange Flavors. For a harder citrus kick, add orange extract to the recipe, too!
  • Bliss Bar Bites. Cut the baked recipe into small one-inch squares for mini bliss bars that can be enjoyed in one bite.

Storage and reheating tips

  • Save your cranberry bliss bars for up to five days when stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • Or freeze the dessert for up to three months.

Frequently asked questions

Do Starbucks cranberry bliss bars need to be refrigerated?

Yes! Don’t keep the bars out for much longer than an hour or two, then store them properly in the fridge to keep them fresh.

How long does Starbucks sell cranberry bliss bars?

These customer-favorite bars are only available during the holidays at Starbucks. But now, you can make them all year long at home!

Can cranberry bliss bars be made gluten-free?

Another perk to making the homemade version of this popular Starbucks treat is that you have the freedom to adjust it almost any way you’d like– Including making it gluten-free. Swap out the flour for gluten-free flour and check the rest of the ingredients for the GF label.

two cranberry bliss bars on a holiday serving plate on a table with Christmas decor.

Serving suggestions

Enjoy these bars with your favorite seasonal beverage, like this Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha, Chai Tea Latte, or refreshing Cranberry White Grape Christmas Punch.

Looking for more Easy Bar Recipes?

Check out more of my favorite bar recipes, like Easy Blueberry Crumb Bars, Peppermint Cheesecake Bars, or German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars.

two cranberry bliss bars on a holiday serving plate on a table with Christmas decor.

Behind the recipe: Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

The only time you’ll find these Cranberry Bliss Bars at your favorite coffee shop is during the winter months.

It is an addictive blondie cake with tart dried cranberries and cream cheese frosting that screams holiday cheer and pairs wonderfully with many of their seasonal beverages.

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Cranberry Bliss Bars (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

Cranberry Bliss Bars are a seasonal menu item that you can make right in your own home! I'll show you how.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Cookies & Bars
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 549 kcal

Ingredients
  

Cake ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ½ cup dried cranberries coarsley chopped
  • cup white chocolate chips

Icing

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup powdered sugar

Garnish

  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • cup white chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and eggs one at a time. Beat for another minute or two until the mixture is smooth.
  • Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and ground ginger. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and blend.
  • Add orange juice and zest, chopped cranberries, and white chocolate chips. Mix everything thoroughly. The dough is quite thick, but very sticky and soft.
  • Line a baking tray (about 8*10) with baking paper and lay out the dough in a thin layer (about 1/2 inch). Flatten with a spatula and place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly (15 minutes).

Icing

  • Beat the cream cheese with orange juice and zest, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Beat for no more than 1 minute or until ingredients are combined.
  • Spread the cake with the icing and sprinkle the top with a few chopped cranberries.
  • Melt the white chocolate chips – it’s convenient to do this in the microwave in 30-second bursts (3-4 times). Drizzle melted chocolate over the cake. Let the chocolate harden for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cut the cake into 3- to 4-inch squares, then cut each square on a diagonal.

Notes

  •  If preferred, use the bowl of a stand mixer and combine until smooth.
  • It’s easiest to melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30-second intervals about three or four times.
  • Remember that the dough is thick, sticky, and soft.

Nutrition

Calories: 549kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 8gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 202mgPotassium: 250mgFiber: 2gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 843IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 2mg

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword cranberry, cranberry orange, cranberry recipes, holiday baking, white chocolate
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About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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