Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

During the holidays, I made these Cranberry Bliss Bars for my family and everyone loved them. These are a copycat recipe of the bars you can purchase at Starbucks, but I have to admit, I had never tried them. I had a request from a family member to make them, and thought, why not! They sounded good and didn’t seem to be that difficult to make. I totally forgot about posting this recipe for Cranberry Bliss Bars, but when I remembered that Valentine’s Day was right around the corner, I thought they would be fun to make for that holiday as well! Even though they seem like a dessert to have at Christmas, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a Bliss Bar whenever you want throughout the year! You agree?!? 🙂

So, having never eaten a Cranberry Bliss Bar, I had no idea what to expect. I thought they were really sweet and yummy, but I did feel like I would change a few things if I ever made them again. I definitely would omit the white chocolate that is drizzled on the top, as I didn’t feel it was necessary for the recipe. And, I would add less orange extract in the frosting. The recipe that I have posted below has been changed from the original. If you wish to see the original recipe that I used from belleofthekitchen.com, you can see it here.

Let me know if you have a chance to make them and what you think of them! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe
 
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Ingredients
Bars
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup Craisins
Frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp orange extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup Craisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  3. In mixer, beat together melted butter and brown sugar over medium speed.
  4. Add in eggs, 1 tsp orange extract and 1 tsp vanilla extract and then beat until mixed well.
  5. In a separate container, mix ground ginger, baking powder, salt and flour.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and beat until just blended. Don't overmix.
  7. Stir in white chocolate chips and Craisins by hand.
  8. Spread evenly into the bottom of prepared pan.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes until set and golden brown at the edges. Do not over-bake or bars will be hard. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool. Allow bars to cool completely before topping with frosting.
  10. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together in your mixer until smooth and creamy. Add ¼ tsp orange extract and ½ tsp vanilla extract and mix well. Top cooled bars with frosting. Sprinkle with Craisins.
  11. Cut into triangles ( I chose to cut them in a rectangular shape) and enjoy! Store in the refrigerator, if you have any remaining!! 🙂

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