Cranberry Bliss Bars {Starbucks Copycat} Recipe

Just like the one you love from the big coffee chain! Everyone loves Cranberry Bliss Bars and with this recipe you can impress your friends with tasty treats without breaking the bank.

Add a batch of Cake Mix Cookies to your holiday baking trays. And don’t forget some simple Chocolate Dipped Oreos with festive sprinkles to round out the cookie trio!

White plate with triangle cut blondies topped with frosting, craisins, and white chocolate drizzle.

Why this Recipe is Best

A buttery dessert bar with a cream cheese frosting and tart cranberries is a Starbucks pastry case staple.

Like the sip of the season’s first Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew in October, biting into a Cranberry Bliss Bar is a surefire way to get yourself in the holiday spirit.

I can’t help but order one to pair with my coffee at least a few times between November and January. But now, I can make them at home!

The richness of these bars is made all the better by the dried cranberries folded into the batter. They add just the right balance of sour to complement the sweetness of the frosting.

Can we talk about the frosting by the way? In some cases, less is more when it comes to frosting. That’s definitely not so with these bars. That thick layer of creamy sweet icing with a hint of orange flavor makes these bars irresistible.

But sadly Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar season doesn’t last forever. And even while it lasts, your bank account might have a few strong words about making a daily bliss bar purchase too much of a habit.

I’m a big fan of recreating my favorite restaurant dishes at home, like these Flourless Cookies and this Broccoli Cheese Soup.

Along with the obvious economic incentive, there are other perks, too. For example, I can eat all the bliss bars I want without ever leaving my pajamas.

It’s also nice to know exactly what’s IN the dessert you’re enjoying. No one is under the assumption that a Starbucks pastry is a health food, but when you make copycat versions at home you at least know the ingredients list is free of preservatives.

After how well my Starbucks Lemon Loaf and Pumpkin Scones turned out, I was confident I could figure out a way to recreate those delicious Bliss Bars. These turned out better than I could have imagined!

Black cooling rack with triangle cut cranberry bliss bars. One slice removed .

This Copycat Starbucks Recipe makes Cranberry bars that taste even better than the original. Plus, you’ll have enough tasty treats to share with friends.

Make these homemade Cranberry Bliss Bars, put on a pot of coffee and invite your bestie over. I promise, when she hears the words “cranberry bliss bar” she’ll come running.

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Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

To make pastries just like the ones from Starbucks, here’s what you need for the bars:

{At a glance; scroll down for amounts and full recipe}

  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla and orange extracts
  • Ginger
  • Baking powder and salt
  • Flour
  • Dried cranberries
  • White chocolate chips

STEP 1. Beat the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs and the extracts, continuing to beat until well combined.

STEP 2. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just barely combined. Be careful not to overmix! Gently fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries.

STEP 3. Spread the batter evenly into a prepared baking dish and bake the bars for 22 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove the dish from the oven and let the bars cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the cream cheese frosting and melt white chocolate in a separate dish.

Black cooling rack with pan of white chocolate blondie bars. One slice on spatula.

Cream Cheese Frosting for Cranberry Bars

This is NOT your average cream cheese frosting! While it starts with cream cheese whipped with powdered sugar, it gets its unique flavor from the addition of vanilla extract and orange extract. The subtle hint of citrus works wonders in this frosting!

To assemble the bars:

Spread the frosting in a thick and even layer over the pan of bars. Sprinkle chopped cranberries over top then drizzle with the melted white chocolate. Cut into squares or triangles and enjoy!

White round plate with several triangle slices of cranberry bliss bars. Each bar is topped with frosting and white chocolate drizzle.

Tips and Tricks

  • Be careful not to over mix the batter for these bars! Too much mixing will make the bars tough.
  • Got leftover cream cheese frosting? Save it for the next time you make cinnamon rolls or Gingerbread Cookies. The frosting keeps well stored covered in the fridge for about a week.

Add these to your Christmas cookie trays or bring them along to your next holiday shin-dig. Of course, Cranberry bars are so good you might just be tempted to keep them all for yourself.

Round white platter with triangle cut blondies topped with cream cheese frosting, craisins, and white chocolate drizzle.

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Yield: 24

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Just like the one you love from the big coffee chain! Everyone loves Cranberry Bliss Bars and with this recipe you can impress your friends with tasty treats without breaking the bank.


For the bars

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)

For the topping

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. For the bars, in a mixing bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until well blended. Add in eggs and extracts, beating until combined.
  3. Add in ginger, baking powder, salt, and flour, and beat just until blended (do not over mix). Fol in white chocolate chips and cranberries.
  4. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Bake for 22 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
  5. For the frosting, beat cream cheese with powdered sugar for 3 minutes, until creamy. Add in extracts and beat an additional 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Spread over cooled bars and sprinkle with chopped cranberries.
  6. Melt white chocolate and drizzle over the bars. Refrigerate about an hour before slicing. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars are a welcome treat for the holidays–or anytime of year!

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Posted on February 29, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Was excited to see this recipe and even though it is early March I will be making them now. I love all things cranberry. Thanks for the recipe.

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