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5 from 11 votes

Homemade Cranberry Bliss Bars

This recipe for Homemade Cranberry Bliss Bars is a sweet blondie bar topped with cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate drizzle. A Starbucks inspired recipe that you can make at home yourself.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry bliss bars
Servings: 16
Calories: 322kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line an 8x8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the 1 cup all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt and set aside. In a separate small bowl, stir together the 1 cup brown sugar, ½ cup melted butter, and 1 large egg until combined.
  • Add the brown sugar mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine, careful not to overmix. Stir in the 1 teaspoon vanilla and ½ teaspoon orange zest. Fold in ½-cup white chocolate chips and ¼ cup dried cranberries until evenly distributed.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish until smooth and even. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges have lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Once finished baking, remove from the oven and allow cooling completely on a wire rack.
  • To make the frosting, in a medium bowl, mix the 4 ounces cream cheese, 2 cups powdered sugar, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract until well blended. Frost the cooled bars and sprinkle with ¼ cup dried cranberries.
  • Melt 1 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe container, stopping frequently to stir, and be careful not to burn. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the bars.
  • Allow the bars to set for 15 to 20 minutes before cutting to serve and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg