Cranberry Bliss Bar Is a Delicious And Easy Bar Cookie Recipe!

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Love a sweet Cranberry Bliss Bar from your local coffee shop?  This homemade version of the popular Starbucks treat is easy to make and absolutely delicious! They are basically white- chocolate cranberry blondies made with dried cranberries and a lot cheaper than the original!

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This cranberry bliss bar is a festive and easy bar cookie recipe

Bar Cookies for the win!

Love a good bar cookie recipe?  This cranberry bliss bar will be a huge hit! I absolutely love baking but I tend to be rather busy, especially during the holidays. I don’t always have time to sit around baking 4 different batches of cookies, one cookie sheet at a time. Or rolling out dough for homemade gingerbread men.  Making the dough batter is the quick and easy part. The rolling, cutting, dropping, dipping and baking that take the most time.

dried cranberries in a white bowl

Pressed for time this holiday season but still want to provide sweets for your family and friends?  Find a bar cookie recipe to make your life easier. Bar cookies are spread into a 13 x 9 inch pan and baked without too much fuss. If you would like to try your hand at doing some holiday baking I encourage you to try my cranberry bliss bars! 

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Cranberry Bliss Bar Is a Delicious And Easy Bar Cookie Recipe!

I am a huge fan of white chocolate and these cranberry bliss bars are loaded with it! The blondie bar cookie on the bottom layer is loaded with white chocolate and cranberries. Then, the cream cheese frosting has MORE white chocolate in it. Top the whole think off with a drizzle of melted white chocolate and this is a delicious and decadent dessert recipe. 

I will say that these bar cookies are super sweet.  Cut them into fairly small pieces.  I got 24 bars out of this recipe.  You will have enough to pass out at the next cookie exchange.  Or, just hoard them all for yourself!  I certainly hoarded quite a few!

white chocolate

When I was doing some Christmas shopping at Target last week I stopped into Starbucks for a coffee and saw a tray of these cranberry bliss bars sitting in the display case. The looked so simple and festive I just had to give them a try. There are tons of cranberry bliss bar copycat recipes online but I sort of merged a few that I found that looked good. The end results were delicious!

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Cranberry Bliss Bar Cookie

Looking for an easy bar cookie recipe? This cranberry bliss bar is simple and delicious.  Deliciously soft blondies, loads of white chocolate chips and tart dried cranberries. Absolutely heavenly!  An easy copycat Starbucks recipe for holiday baking.  Check out The Food Network for tips on freezing bar cookies.  Just in case you have a few left over!  And if you love copycat recipes, check out this Copycat Cookbook for more ideas. 

Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

Yield: 24 bars

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes

Ingredients

  • Blondie Layer:
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Frosting:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries to sprinkle on top.

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar until combined. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Place butter/sugar mixture into a mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat 3 to 4 minutes until smooth.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix gently.
  4. Add in dried cranberries and mix until evenly distributed.
  5. Spread into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees 18 to 22 minutes or until top is lightly brown and knife inserted into center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make frosting: Place cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and orange zest into mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.
  8. In a small bowl, heat white chocolate until melted.
  9. Add half the melted white chocolate to the frosting and beat til smooth.
  10. Spread frosting over bar cookies
  11. Sprinkle with dried cranberries and drizzle with remaining white chocolate
  12. Cut into bars and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 7626 Total Fat: 364g Saturated Fat: 222g Cholesterol: 681mg Sodium: 3583mg Carbohydrates: 1076g Sugar: 804g Protein: 73g

Comments

  1. I can honestly say I've never had cranberries in a cookie. I like them, but have never experienced them like this.
  2. Cranberries would make me feel like I'm eating fruit & staying healthy!
  3. How important is the orange zest really? I never have an orange or lemon on hand when a recipe calls for "zest".
  4. Those bars look amazing!! Cookie bars are one of my favorite holiday treats!
  5. My oh my do those look really good! I need to pick up the stuff to make these very soon!
  6. This looks amazing. Quick question though - the blondie layer calls for coarsely chopped white chocolate but I don't see what to do with that white chocolate in the instructions. I assume it gets mixed in at the same time as the dried cranberries. Is that correct?
  7. Terrific - thanks!

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