Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

These Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars are loaded with all the sweet and tangy flavors we love about the original, but they’re super fresh, super easy, and super affordable. You can’t beat that combo!

four cranberry bliss bars stacked on top of each other.

We both love Starbucks, but there is no way in the world, we’re paying through the nose for their drinks or their treats – not when we’re such good cooks! This copycat Bliss Bars recipe is even better than the original, we can enjoy them for days, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg. Win!

cranberry bliss bar held in the air in a woman's hand.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It uses simple ingredients you can find at any grocery store.
  • It’s an easy recipe that you can make in just a few minutes.
  • It’s full of sweet and tangy flavors.
  • It’s just as good – if not better – than the Starbucks original.


bowls of egg, butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, dried cranberries, flour, and salt on a counter.

This recipe only uses simple baking ingredients that you can find in just a few minutes at your local grocery store.

Everything you need to make this recipe is right here, but you’ll find the specific amounts in the recipe at the end of the post.

For the Bars

  • Butter – melted
  • Light brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Dried cranberries
  • White chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream cheese – softened
  • Butter – softened
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract


  • White chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries

🔪 How to Make Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

Making these bars is a very straightforward affair. It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time!

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, line an 8×11 pan with foil. Grease the foil.

wet ingredients being mixed together in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 2: Combine the Wet Bar Ingredients

Mix the melted butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl.

dry ingredients being mixed in a glass bowl.

Step 3: Combine the Dry Bar Ingredients

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.

finished dough in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 4: Make the Bar Dough

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until combined. Then, add the cranberries and white chocolate chips.

bliss bar dough being pressed into a foil lined baking dish.

Step 5: Bake

Spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Then, bake for 18 to 22 minutes until light brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean.

Step 6: Cool

Cool the bars on a wire rack completely.

cream cheese frosting being mixed in a glass bowl.

Step 7: Make the Frosting

Beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Then, add the powdered sugar and vanilla, continuing to beat until smooth.

cranberry bliss bars decorated and cut on a wire rack.

Step 8: Frost and Decorate the Bars

Frost the cooled bars, then sprinkle them with the dried cranberries. Melt the white chocolate chips and drizzle over the bars. Enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • You can make this recipe with milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate instead of white chocolate for a different flavor.
  • Try adding chopped nuts to the top of the bars for more flavor and texture.
  • You can use dark brown sugar in place of light brown sugar.

If you think these cranberry bliss bars look good, we think you’ll love our pina colada cheesecake bars.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • 8×11 pan
  • Aluminum foil
cranberry bliss bars decorated and cut on a wire rack with a woman's hand removing one of the bars.

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate these bars in an air-tight container for up to a week. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to a month in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • It’s important to line the pan with foil and grease the foil so the bars come out easily.
  • Be sure the butter and cream cheese are fully softened for the best frosting texture.
  • Let the bars cool completely before frosting or the frosting will melt.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are Starbucks cranberry bliss bars?

Cranberry bliss bars are blondies filled with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips and topped with cream cheese frosting.

Why won’t my frosting stick to my bars?

If your frosting is sliding around or looking thin, it’s probably because you didn’t let your bars cool completely. Bars that are even a little warm will melt the frosting when it’s applied.

Are cranberry bliss bars seasonal?

Yes. Starbucks only carries their cranberry bliss bars during the winter holiday season.

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four cranberry bliss bars stacked on top of each other.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

These copycat cranberry bliss bars have all the sweet and tangy flavors of the Starbucks version, but they're better AND far more affordable.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 303kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • 8×11 pan
  • Aluminum foil


  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 ⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F, then line a 8×11 pan with foil and grease the foil. 2. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine the flour mixture to the brown sugar mixture. Mix these ingredients together until well combined. Add in the ½ cup of dried cranberries and the ½ cup of white chocolate chips.
  • Place the mixture into the prepared pan and spread an even layer.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes. The top of the bars should be lightly brown. A toothpick in the center of the bars should come out clean. Allow bars to completely cool on a wire rack before frosting.
  • Using a mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, and vanilla and continue to beat until smooth.
  • Spread the frosting on the bars, then sprinkle the dried cranberries on top. Drizzle melted white chocolate over the cranberries.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg

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