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Cranberry Bliss Bars – Oh Candy Basil

Say goodbye to dry blonde brownies and sink your enamel into these chewy white chocolate cranberry bliss bars! They’re loaded with cranberries and white chocolate chips and topped with a tasty cream cheese frosting.

I’ve been on a mission to create a smooth and chewy blonde brownie, and that is it! I made them completely different than any recipe I may discover and I actually assume this manner is the BEST! 

a photo of two trianglar cranberry bliss bars stacked on each other loaded with white chocolate chips and craisins and topped with cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate drizzle.


Rising up I by no means actually cared about cranberries. They weren’t even on my radar actually. However the older I get the extra it’s creeping in as considered one of my can’t-live-without substances. They’re so good in salads, rice dishes, desserts and many others and so how may I not make the well-known Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars recipe? Besides, this one is definitely scrumptious.

I do know, I do know, that appears harsh, however their bars are a bit underwhelming and dry for my part. When wanting up and testing recipes I simply saved pondering, this must be a kind of bars that you simply simply sink your enamel into all gradual and scrumptious. what I imply? However blondies, or blonde brownies I ought to say, appear to be nothing however dry, particularly the subsequent day. 

Cue the cream cheese. I knew with much less water content material and extra fats than butter that I may probably make a superior bar and that’s precisely what I did. Cade wasn’t in any respect satisfied and now he retains begging me to make extra. And I will probably be, together with an orange model so keep tuned. 

a photo of cranberry bliss bars cut into triangles and sitting on a circular cooling rack.


Components for Cranberry Bliss Bars

Many of the substances in these bars are belongings you’ll have already got within the fridge or pantry. Right here’s your substances checklist so you already know the place you have to to fill within the gaps:


  • Butter – unsalted is most popular, when you solely have salted, simply omit the salt
  • Brown Sugar – provides richness and sweetness
  • White Sugar – add sweetness
  • Cream Cheese – I’m satisfied that is the important thing to preserving these blondies smooth and chewy, make sure that it’s softened
  • Eggs – provides the bars construction and richness, the additional yolk is all about richness
  • Vanilla – taste
  • Flour – simply good ol’ all objective
  • Cornstarch – retains the bars tender and chewy
  • Baking Powder – add rise and fluffiness to the bars
  • Salt – enhances the flavour and cuts via the sweetness
  • White Chocolate Chips – provides the proper creaminess and texture to the bars
  • Craisins – I really like the tang these add within the bars and on high

a photo of a cranberry bliss bar with a bite taken out of it sitting on a white dessert plate so you can see how chewy it is.



  • Cream Cheese – who doesn’t love a cream cheese frosting?!
  • Powdered Sugar – sweetness and smoothness
  • Vanilla – taste
  • Orange Extract – taste
  • Craisins – makes the bars so festive and delightful
  • White Chocolate – simply soften within the microwave in a glass measuring cup in 30 second intervals, stirring in between

The measurements of every ingredient could be discovered within the recipe card on the finish of the submit.

a photo of a circular cooling rack loaded with triangular cut cranberry white chocolate bars loaded with craisins and white chocolate chips and topped with cream cheese frosting.


Learn how to Make Cranberry Bliss Bars

These blonde brownies are really easy and make such a enjoyable neighbor present for the vacations! Listed below are the fundamental steps:

For the Bars

  1. Preheat the oven. Prep an 8×11 or 9×13 baking pan with parchment and cooking spray.
  2. Mix the butter and sugars and beat collectively. Add the cream cheese and egg yolk and blend once more.
  3. Add the opposite eggs and vanilla and blend till easy.
  4. Mix all of the dry substances in a separate bowl and add to the moist substances.
  5. When every part is nearly included, add the white chocolate chips and craisins and stir them in.
  6. Press the dough into the ready baking pan and bake (see tip under).
  7. Cool briefly then put within the fridge. Make the frosting.

For the Frosting

  1. Beat all of the substances collectively and unfold over the bars as soon as they’re cooled utterly.
  2. Sprinkle the craisins on high and drizzle with melted white chocolate.
  3. Serve instantly.

All of those directions could be discovered within the recipe card down under. You can too print or save the recipe from there as effectively.

a photo of several cranberry bliss bars cut in triangles and sitting on a circular cooling rack.


Baking Time Tip

Our bars appear to be ending round 26-27 minutes within the oven, however I gotta inform ya, I believe rather less time like 20-25 minutes may simply work. Simply play with it and keep in mind, that cream cheese goes to maintain the highest from browning extra, so a delicate faucet on high will let you know if they’re beginning to arrange, not the colour. 

Why are Blonde Brownies Dry?

Often it’s as a result of there’s the next ratio of butter that’s been melted down thus resulting in a extra crisp and crackly topping. Very fairly to have a look at however dry as could be, particularly on day two. These bars are completely not dry in in the slightest degree on day two. In actual fact, you can also make them as much as 2 days prematurely and although not as wonderful as the primary day they’re nearly excellent. Day two you received’t even know they have been made prematurely!

a photo of a single cranberry bliss bar sitting on a white dessert plate. It is topped with cream cheese frosting, craisins and a white chocolate drizzle.


How Lengthy to Cranberry Bliss Bars Maintain?

Maintain these bars in an hermetic comprise within the fridge. They’ll final for as much as 5 days.

Learn how to Freeze Cranberry Bliss Bars

Observe the directions as written and slice them. Put the bars within the fridge for a couple of hours so the frosting will agency up a little bit after which wrap them plastic wrap after which foil. They’ll preserve within the freezer for as much as 3 months. You possibly can thaw them within the fridge in a single day or on the counter for an hour or so once you’re able to eat them.

a photo of several cranberry bliss bars sitting on a circular cooling rack with a string of beige beads laying next to them.


Neglect the shop purchased cranberry bliss bars as a result of these are method higher! They’re smooth and chewy and the cream cheese within the bars is simply what a blonde brownie must be excellent.


Extra Festive Bar Desserts:

a photo of two trianglar cranberry bliss bars stacked on each other loaded with white chocolate chips and craisins and topped with cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate drizzle.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 25 minutes

Complete Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 16


  • 3/4 Cup Butter melted
  • 1 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 Egg Yolk giant
  • 2 Eggs giant
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 3/4 Cup Craisins


  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Orange Extract
  • 2/3 Cup Craisins roughly chopped
  • 2 ounces White Chocolate melted

For the Bars

  • Preheat oven to 350 levels.

  • Combine the butter and sugars for 1 minute. Add the cream cheese and egg yolk and blend once more.

  • Add the remaining two eggs and vanilla and blend till easy.

  • Whisk all dry substances collectively and add to the bowl.

  • When nearly included add the craisins and white chocolate chips, stir and press right into a greased and parchment lined 8×11 or 9×13 pan.

  • Bake 25-30 min.

  • Cool for about 10 minutes then place within the fridge. Take away after 1 hour or when cooled with out turning into chilly. *see notice

  • Because the bars cool, put together the frosting.

For the Frosting

  • Beat everyhing collectively and as soon as the bars are cooled utterly unfold excessive.

  • Sprinkle on the chopped craisins and drizzle with the melted white chocolate.

  • Serve instantly or retailer lined within the fridge till 30 min earlier than serving.

Don’t allow them to keep within the fridge. If wanted, take away to the counter and over tightly with foil.

Diet Info

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Quantity Per Serving (1 bar)

Energy 479
Energy from Fats 189

% Every day Worth*

Fats 21g32%

Saturated Fats 12g75%

Trans Fats 1g

Polyunsaturated Fats 1g

Monounsaturated Fats 6g

Ldl cholesterol 79mg26%

Sodium 312mg14%

Potassium 161mg5%

Carbohydrates 70g23%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 54g60%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 570IU11%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 90mg9%

Iron 1mg6%

* P.c Every day Values are based mostly on a 2000 calorie food plan.


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