Cranberry Bliss Bars ~ Similar to Starbucks

First, a disclaimer ~  actually I don't frequent Starbucks and I haven't had a bite of their Cranberry Bliss Bars, but this is a clone that has been floating around on the Internet for several years.

It's a soft cookie-like bar (similar to a brownie in texture), with chopped dried cranberries, white chocolate chunks ~or morsels, a little ginger, and sweetened with brown sugar.

After reading several reviews of the recipe, I took some suggestions from others and made a few tweaks of my own.

  I'm not a fan of overly sweet desserts so for the frosting I doubled the amount of cream cheese and  reduced the amount of powdered sugar in the frosting by half, and used a combination of orange extract, almond extract and vanilla to flavor it. 

Instead of ground ginger in the batter for the bars I finely diced some candied crystallized ginger to bump the flavor up a bit, and used orange extract and vanilla extract instead of lemon.

One reviewer mentioned that Starbuck's drizzle on top is melted white chocolate rather than the much sweeter powdered sugar drizzle so I followed that tip as well using melted white chocolate instead. 

The results?  It received solid thumbs up at my house and I would make this again.
(Although definitely reserved as a once-in-a-while, special treat!)

If you would like a printable copy of the original recipe, and my changes you'll find it on the Once Upon a Plate Recipe Blog by clicking HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today, and any comments or thoughts you would like to share.  xo~m.


  1. Such a lovely presentation - sounds utterly delish too! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!


  2. Mari...I am a fan of starbucks coffee but never have bought anything there but coffee BUT if I had been tempted by something it would be the Cranberry Bliss Bars. Your version looks right up my alley. I will put this away to try after we have recovered from the too many sweets we've indulged in lately :)


  3. this is gorgeous, yummie, delish...wonderful.... may I have a slice, please???? Hugs, Flavia

  4. looks quite yummy! I have not indulged in the Starbucks temptation either. Your's looks delightful.

  5. Wow! La présentation est magnifique! Cela a l'air tout simplement délicieux. Caroline B. de Tomates cerises et Basilic

  6. Look really yummy. I love your photos. I've never tried the bars at Starbucks but have wanted to. Now, I can make my own. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hum... cela m'a l'air très bon! une petite part please!

  8. I have never had one before either, but I would love to have one of yours right now!
    Wow...those look wonderful!

  9. Looks beautiful! I have to try your version after we have recovered from our Christmas food coma :-)

  10. I think I could eat a few of these, if by a few I meant all of them. Yummy.

  11. It looks just the same, very pretty - The topping is just so nice

  12. Wow, that dessert looks so beautiful and delicious!

  13. Thank you for your kind comments everyone!!

    After sampling, I think these would also make a good addition to a cookie plate (or platter), if cut into bite size squares ~ they are REALLY rich tasting. As sliced it was almost too much for me. Almost. ;)

    I hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful Christmas! xo~m

  14. I think I have almost everything to make was obviously meant to be. I just adore those plates :)

  15. Hi Julie~ If you get a chance to make this I hope you like them too.
    Thank you for your comment!

  16. Oh, I have some dried cranberries on hand! They sound wonderful! Would be great for Tea Time!

  17. Those look great, but can I have the plate that it is on?;)


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