Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars (copycat)

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars (copycat)

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar by whatscookingwithruthie.com

starbucks cranberry bliss bars (copycat)
A few weeks agonI went out to Denver CO to visit my good friend, Emily and her cute family!  While Em and I were out running around the city we stopped at Starbucks… AND fell head-over-heals in LOVE with their Cranberry Bliss Bars!  Holy Cow.  You’re in for an amazing treat!!  True to my I-need-to-duplicate-that-at-home self…. I’ve come up with a very delicious version :)

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Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars (copycat)
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • Dough:
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • 8 oz neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs or 1 whole and 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ C white chocolate chips
  • ¾ C dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese (I used neufchâtel cream cheese), softened
  • ½ C white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • Toppings:
  • ¾ C dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ C white chocolate chips, melted
Instructions
  1. Dough:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray rimmed cookie sheet with cooking spray; set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine butter and cream cheese; cream 2-3 minutes. Add sugar and mix just until incorporated. Add 1 egg at a time; mixing with each addition. Add vanilla; mix. In a medium mixing bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt. Add dry ingredients to wet all at one time; mixing just until incorporated. Hand stir in ¾ C white chocolate chips and cranberries. Coat hand with cooking spray and press dough into a half sheet pan approx 18 x 13.
  3. Bake 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Set on rack to cool completely.
  4. Frosting:
  5. In a medium mixing bowl whip cream cheese until smooth. Add vanilla; mix. In a small microwave bowl melt chocolate chips for 20 seconds, stir, microwave 15 seconds, stir well. Add 1 C powdered sugar; mix. Drizzle in melted chocolate, mix well. Add remaining powdered sugar; mix until incorporated. Spread over cooled cookie sheet, evenly sprinkle cranberries. Melt remaining chocolate chips as directed above. Drizzle with a fork over cranberries. Let chocolate cool and Serve!

*I must tell you made another batch with 1 (8oz) package of neufatchel cream cheese in place of the 1/2 C greek yogurt and WOW! Loved them even a little bit more (If that’s possible?)

**if you want a more buttery tasting bar replace the 1/2 C greek yogurt with 1/2 C butter!  I like to make my recipes as skinny as possible while keeping amazing flavor but I think it would taste exactly like Starbucks with the full butter (and full calories :).

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars (copycat) is such a wonderful combination of Cranberries and White Chocolate nestled up together to make a festive Holiday treat!

Here are a couple of photo’s from my fun trip to Denver, Rob and Emily took me to see the Bronco’s play AND they won too so that was exciting!

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Ruthie and Em

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Em and Rob

 

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Bronco’s Touchdown!

One last photo of Emily’s dog, Millie and our dog, Lila… they’re sisters and from the same litter- this was the first time they’d seen each other since we got them as puppies!  (click here to see them as puppies!) We were SO glad they liked each other and had a fun time running and playing and doing dog stuff together :)

 Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Lila (black) and Millie (white) hanging out!

I hope you love these Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars (copycat) and that you all have a super awesome Wednesday!  Make sure to get entered in the giveaway going on right now!! Christmas Wish List Giveaway 10 awesome prizes and a Blend Tec Blender

Love,

Ruthie

Oh, PS~ I have another copycat from Starbucks… Spinach and Feta Breakfast Wrap This recipe is quite popular and just as tasty!!

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  1. October 17, 2013
    Amber

    What size cookie sheet did you use? I have rimmed cookie sheets in 4 different sizes…. That will make a huge difference in thickness and baking time.



    • October 17, 2013
      Ruthie

      Hi Amber… sorry not to have specified that, I used a half sheet pan approx 18 x 13. You will be in heaven with these bars! They are ah-maz-ing :) xoxo~ Ruthie



  2. January 7, 2014

    Yum! We just included this fantastic recipe in our blog post round up found here http://www.cheapeatsthriftycrafts.com/save-money-cheap-copycat-recipes!



    • January 7, 2014
      Ruthie

      Thanks so much for including me… those little bars are a delight for sure! xoxo~ Ruthie