Hooray, winter is here and it’s time for Cranberry Bliss bars! Chunky white chocolate, tender dried cranberries, moist cake-like cookie, frosting, icing, what more do you need?
My husband and I are devouring these, you don’t have to go to Starbucks and pay $2 a bar or $14 a box, these aren’t exactly the same, but after lots of experimentation, they’re pretty close.
I used to work at Starbucks and tasted more than my share of their bars. These aren’t as sweet because I wouldn’t be able to eat as many if they were! I think I use a lot less sugar than they do. Because of that, my frosting is not as stiff as theirs, so if you want it more like Starbucks, add another couple cups of powdered sugar to the frosting (and prepare for a diabetic coma).
Cranberry Bliss Bars
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup of packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3 TBS candied ginger (minced)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 /2 cup cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp orange juice (orange zest is great too although I didn’t use it this time)
1/4 cup melted white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9×13 baking pan.
Make your base by mixing the butter and brown sugar together. Once well mixed add vanilla, eggs, ginger powder, and salt. Mix in flour a little bit at a time. Finally mix in the cranberries, candied ginger, and white chocolate chips.
Pour into baking dish using a spatula to smooth it out evenly. Bake about 30 minutes or until golden. Stick it in the fridge to cool while you make your frosting.
Combine frosting ingredients well and spread over top of cooled cake. Sprinkle with however many cranberries your heart desires, and drizzle with melted chocolate.
Store in the fridge and serve cold. Hooray for winter!
6 thoughts on “Cranberry Bliss Bars”
This sounds and looks pretty good. Of course, we don’t get cranberries here but I could probably substitute something else.
Thanks for sending these in too.
Oh my! These look soooo yummy! I’m bookmarking it!
that looks and sounds so freaking amazing it’s not funny…
THANK YOU for figuring out this recipe!!! This is one of my favorite indulgences from Starbucks. I do agree, though, that their version is a bit sweet. They definitely need an un-sweetened coffee pairing to get it all down. I think your version may be just the ticket! I’ll have to bake some for my best gal friend – they are her absolute favorites too (she ends up buying them by the box!).
oooh…these look like trouble. I have to make them.
I must be getting old, I found the frosting too sweet to eat more then a tad bit!