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Cranberry Bliss Bar Clone #1

A bar cookie recipe similar to the Cranberry Bliss Bars sold at Starbucks
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Total Time34 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Author: Cookie Madness

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks 8 ounces butter, softened (use salted!)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract or vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup Craisins dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

FROSTING

  • 1/2 pack 4 oz softened cream cheese (114 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 42 grams, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar 210 grams
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 3/4 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp orange extract

TOPPING

  • 1/3 cup craisins chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 15x10 inch metal pan with parchment paper or Release foil.
  • Beat the butter and sugar until creamy; add eggs and extract (I used vanilla) and beat until combined.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and ginger and stir until mixed, then add the cranberries and chips, stirring just to blend and being careful not to over-mix.
  • Spread batter in prepared pan and bake 350 for 23-24 minutes or until the edges are light brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Let it cool completely.
  • Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add extract and confectioner’s sugar and beat until frosting is fluffy and spreadable. Spread evenly over cooled bars.
  • Garnish: Use a zester to remove rind from an orange. Chop 1/3 cup Craisins coarsely. Sprinkle this garnish of orange zest and Craisins over frosted bars.
  • For the final topping, mix white chocolate and oil in a glass measuring cup. Microwave 50% power for 1 minute; stir. Repeat 1 more minute at 50% power; stir. Use a fork to drizzle the white chocolate in thin diagonal strips across the bars (I didn’t use fork).
  • Allow one hour for the white chocolate to set before cutting. **To make signature Starbuck triangles, cut jelly roll pan into 20 large squares

Notes

This recipe is adapted from on one Recipezaar.
** I used unsalted butter and didn’t add any extra salt. The bars were still okay, but I think they would have been better if I’d added a pinch of salt.