Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

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 latte and Starbucks 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!

Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe - forget about spending $$$ at Starbucks for your favourite festive treat. You can make your own Christmas dessert bars at home for a fraction of the price! These bars really do taste just like the ones you get from Starbucks and they're so easy to make! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com
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.

Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe - forget about spending $$$ at Starbucks for your favourite festive treat. You can make your own Christmas dessert bars at home for a fraction of the price! These bars really do taste just like the ones you get from Starbucks and they're so easy to make! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

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.

Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe - forget about spending $$$ at Starbucks for your favourite festive treat. You can make your own Christmas dessert bars at home for a fraction of the price! These bars really do taste just like the ones you get from Starbucks and they're so easy to make! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

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!

Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe - forget about spending $$$ at Starbucks for your favourite festive treat. You can make your own Christmas dessert bars at home for a fraction of the price! These bars really do taste just like the ones you get from Starbucks and they're so easy to make! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

Total Time 1 d
Servings 6 large slices

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

for the cake bar layer

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/177C and grease or line a standard-size loaf tin.
  • In a medium-size bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, ground ginger, vanilla extract and salt until everything comes together.
  • Gently stir in the flour and baking powder.
  • Mix in the chopped cranberries and chopped white chocolate until evenly dispersed.
  • Spread the mixture out into the lined or greased loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until golden brown and springy to the touch.
  • Leave the cake to cool in the loaf tin.

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.

Notes

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

Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe - forget about spending $$$ at Starbucks for your favourite festive treat. You can make your own Christmas dessert bars at home for a fraction of the price! These bars really do taste just like the ones you get from Starbucks and they're so easy to make! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

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  1. Baby June

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

  2. Sarah @ Sarah's Kitchen

    It looks amazing! Yumm!

  3. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    They look so rich and moist!

  4. Audrey

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

    found this on Foodie Friends Friday.

  5. Kirsten

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

  6. miranda papandreou

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. Mindie Hilton

    Featuring Friday!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!!

  13. 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!

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