Starbucks Copycat Recipes - Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe (2024)

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Can you tell how much I'm loving copycat recipes lately? Over the past couple of weeks I've posted Starbucks copycat recipes for Starbucks caramel brulee latteandStarbucks cinnamon dolce latte.I just can't get enough of them! The copycat recipes have been really popular, so I hope you guys love this one as much as you have loved the others!

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With every day that the festive season progresses, I get more and more excited about Christmas and the holidays in general. In the Canary Islands, Christmas isn't really a big thing. The sun is shining, it's constantly beach weather and it's way too hot to consider wearing jeans, let alone hats, gloves and scarves.

Which is why I'm so thankful for our UK December trip! In London, everything is 100% Christmas at this time of year. It's freezing cold, the Christmas lights are out, the John Lewis advert is on TV and every single shop has a fantastic Christmas display.

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Whilst I love living in the Canary Islands, nothing beats the UK for me when it comes to Christmas. This is especially true when it comes to Christmas food, or more specifically - Starbucks Christmas food. This Starbucks copycat recipe for cranberry bliss bars is, densely cakey, incredibly rich and oh-so-sweet - just like the real thing!

There are plenty of Starbucks cranberry bliss bar copycat recipes out there, but most of them make a ridiculous amount of servings. I mean, really - who needs 40 pieces of cake?! Even Starbucks doesn't need that many! This recipe makes only six servings - the perfect amount for small households. Although because they're so rich and sweet, you could probably even cut each piece in half and still have more than enough chocolatey, cranberry-y bliss.

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Want to join me on my Starbucks copycat recipe saga? Leave me a comment with your favourite Starbucks treat and I'll see if I can come up with a copycat recipe for you!

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Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

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Servings: 6 large slices


for the cake bar layer

  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries chopped
  • 1.5 oz /40g white chocolate roughly chopped

for the frosting

  • 1.5 oz /40g cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries chopped

for the drizzled icing

  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vegetable shortening


for the cake bar layer

for the frosting

  • Place all the ingredients - except the dried cranberries - into a medium-sized bowl and beat thoroughly until the mixture takes on a frosting consistency.

  • Spread the frosting evenly on the cooled cake. Sprinkle on the chopped cranberries and press them down.

for the drizzled icing

  • Place all the ingredients together in a small bowl and beat thoroughly.

  • Drizzle the icing as evenly as you can in thin diagonal strips on the frosting.

  • Cover the cake in the tin with foil or plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight before slicing.


Recipe adapted from Top Secret Recipes
These bars are best stored inside a sealed container in the fridge.

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  1. Baby June

    Mmm those look good! "bliss" bars indeed! 😀


  2. Sarah @ Sarah's Kitchen

    It looks amazing! Yumm!


  3. Audrey

    I have never tried the original, but these look delicious!

    found this on Foodie Friends Friday.


  4. Kirsten

    These look delicious. I think I gained 10 lbs just looking at them. : ) Pinning this!


  5. miranda papandreou

    I love starbucks, and these look heavenly! Thanks for linking at Wake Up Wednesday, I need to try these this week!!


  6. Miz Helen

    Your Starbucks Copycate Cranberry Bliss Bar looks fabulous, can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


  7. Joanne/WineLady Cooks

    Thanks so much for sharing this terrific Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars recipe with Foodie Friends Friday party. We'll pin/share this weekend.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon with another delicious recipe.


  8. Lois

    Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday. This recipe looks like something I would enjoy with a cup of hot tea! Hope to see you next week!


  9. Mindie Hilton

    Featuring Friday!


  10. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    Oh these do look yummy! Pinning and spreading some other foodie love around for you! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Foodie Fridays...I now have a list of desserts to make that is a mile long! Hope to see you at the party again tonight!


  11. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    I need to try this, it looks so good! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!


  12. Deb

    Do you think this could be made in an 8x8 or 9x9 square pan and cut them in small squares instead of slices? Would the cooking time differ?


    • Nicola Quinn

      Hi Deb! I definitely think you could bake this recipe in an 8 or a 9" square baking pan.
      I'd keep the baking times the same, because the tins aren't really that much different.
      Good luck!


  13. Jude

    Hi, I wondered if you might be able to give the ingredients by weight such as grams, as I’m in the uk, and would really like to make these, but don’t know how to convert from cup measurements.
    Thank you so much


Starbucks Copycat Recipes - Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe (2024)


What are the ingredients in Starbucks cranberry bliss bars? ›

Wheat flour, Sugars [brown sugar, sucrose, maltodextrin], Cream cheese [pasteurized milk and cream, cheese culture, salt, carob bean gum, guar gum], Butter, White confectionery coating [sugar, vegetable oils, whey powder, skim milk powder, soy lecithin, natural flavour, vanilla], Cranberries [cranberries, sugar, ...

Do Starbucks cranberry bliss bars need to be refrigerated? ›

Do Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Need to be Refrigerated? One of the most pressing questions regarding this recipe is whether or not they need to be refrigerated after baking. The answer is yes. They will keep better in the refrigerator and especially since it has the cream cheese frosting on top.

What are bliss bars made of? ›

Cranberry Bliss Bars {Starbucks Copycat} are white chocolate blondies with added dried cranberries and orange zest, topped with a cream cheese frosting. If you would prefer the bars without cranberries and orange zest, make my White Chocolate Blondies.

What is the cranberry thing at Starbucks? ›

Cranberry Bliss® Bar: Starbucks Coffee Company.

Are there nuts in cranberry bliss bars? ›

The Starbucks version of the cranberry bliss bars does not have nuts. My recipe does not have nuts in the batter, but I add chopped pistachios to the topping.

Are Craisins dried cranberries? ›

Dried cranberries may be marketed as craisins due to the similarity in appearance with raisins, although the word "Craisin" is a registered trademark of Ocean Spray. Craisins were introduced as part of a packaged cereal produced by Ralston Purina in 1989.

How long does the cranberry bliss bar last? ›

How Long Do Cranberry Bliss Bars Keep? Keep these bars in an airtight contain in the refrigerator. They will last for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze cranberry bliss bars? ›

Storing Leftover Homemade Bliss Bars

You can also freeze Starbucks cranberry bliss bars! Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and flash freeze for about an hour, until firm. Then, stack between layers of parchment in a freezer-safe container or storage bag.

Is the Cranberry Bliss bar seasonal? ›

Cranberry bliss bars are a seasonal treat at Starbucks—but when you make them at home, it's bliss bar season all year long! If you're looking for the perfect easy homemade treat to make for your office holiday potluck or gifting to friends and family, you've found it.

How many cranberry bliss bars in a tray? ›

The tray comes with 6 bars.

How do you cut dessert bars into triangles? ›

Cut the rectangular and square bars in half diagonally to create triangles. Try cutting our Triple Chip Cookie Bars into triangles for an impressive finishing touch.

What is in a Mirage bar? ›

MIRAGE Bar Ingredients

Milk chocolate (sugar, milk ingredients, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, whey powder, lactose, soya lecithin, polyglycerol polyricinoleate, natural flavour).

Why does Starbucks have secret menu? ›

The Secret Menu isn't some mysterious menu the baristas are hiding from you. It's just a bunch of beverages people have invented using products available at some Starbucks. And, then, they give the beverages cool names and post them online.

What is the lady on Starbucks? ›

“It's the siren. She is not a real person, but we kind of think of her as one. She's the biggest symbol of our brand, really, other than our partners (employees). She's the face of it,” Steve Murray said.

What is the goddess on Starbucks? ›

Second, the Siren. So who is this memorable maiden, who's been with us, in various forms, since our inception? She's the brainchild of Terry Heckler, a corporate artist and the one-time creative partner of Gordon Bowker, one of the founders of Starbucks. Flash back to 1971.

Does the Cranberry Bliss bar have dairy? ›

“Enriched Flour [Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Enzyme, Folic Acid], Brown Sugar, Cream Cheese [Pasteurized Milk And Cream, Cheese Culture, Salt, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum], Butter [Cream], White Confectionery Coating[Sugar, Palm Kernel And Palm Oils, Whey Powder, Nonfat Milk Powder, ...

What sugar packets does Starbucks have? ›

Starbucks Sweeteners

The packets essentially encompass your more traditional sugars and sugar alternatives, like Sugar in the Raw or Splenda, while Liquid Sweeteners refer to Starbucks' syrup-like sweeteners that are made in house. Starbucks Sweetener Packets: Sugar. Sugar In The Raw.

Is Starbucks Refresha vegan? ›

Vegan Starbucks Drinks

Refresha Drinks – The Strawberry Acai, Pink Coconut and Cool Lime flavours are vegan. Frappuccinos – Coffee, Mocha, Espresso, Vanilla Cream, Strawberries and Cream and Chocolate Cream flavours are vegan with dairy alternative milks and vegan whipped cream.


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