Cranberry Bliss Bars
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Cranberry Bliss Bars – a Starbucks Copy Cat Recipe!

Cranberry Bliss Bars - These taste just like the ones at Starbucks. Plus they're super easy to make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat recipe, cranberry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 people
Calories 300kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!

Ingredients

FOR THE COOKIE LAYER:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup salted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

FOR THE FROSTING AND TOPPING:

  • 1 8 ounce brick of cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips melted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries roughly chopped

Instructions

For the Blondie Layer:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9-inch baking dish with foil, leaving a foil overhang on either side for handles. Spray foil with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; set aside. 
  • In a large bowl whisk together the butter and sugar and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Then, use an electric mixer to beat in the eggs and vanilla. 
    How to Make Cranberry Bliss Bars - Step 2
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix together until combined and no flour streaks appear. 
    How to Make Cranberry Bliss Bars - Step 3
  • Stir in the cranberries and chopped chocolate (the batter will be thick).
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  • Spread the blondie batter into the prepared pan. 
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  • Bake for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not over-bake). Cool completely on a wire rack.
    How to Make Cranberry Bliss Bars - Step 6

FOR THE FROSTING AND TOPPING:

  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, orange zest, and powdered sugar until well-blended. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. 
    How to Make Cranberry Bliss Bars - Step 7
  • Frost brownies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate.
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  • Use the foil handles to release the bars from the pan. Cut bars into your desired shape; squares or triangles. Store, covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
    Cranberry Bliss Bars

Nutrition

Serving: 1BAR | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 119mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 6.6% | Vitamin C: 0.5% | Calcium: 6.7% | Iron: 4.6%