Cranberry Bliss Bars – Copycat Starbucks Recipe

Cranberry Bliss Bars are a Starbucks copycat recipe that you will often see in the coffee shop during the holiday season. These triangular cut bars is a homemade cake crust mixed with white chocolate and cranberries, then topped with decadent cream cheese frosting. Add these delightful treats to your must bake list!

Sliced cranberry bliss bars on a white plate with a backing rack in the background with more bars.

Cranberry Bliss Bars – Copycat Starbucks Recipe

You might have noticed that I’m updating some of my older recipes. I have so many, yet only the best will get a makeover!

These cranberry bliss bars are inspired by one of the most popular coffee shops in the world, Starbucks.

I originally made these for my coworkers, who are regulars at Starbucks. Every day I would catch that familiar coffee label on the desks at the office.

Occasionally, a fancy treat would make to the office too. A favorite among these seemed to be the Cranberry Bliss Bars.

Bliss Bars are just that, every bite is completely filled with pure happiness! A little zing from a hint of ginger paired with the sweet tang of cranberries and ohhhh, sweet white chocolate is just heavenly.

These bars only make it in the coffee shop during the holiday season, which is a shame, right?

No worries though, with this copycat recipe we can whip up a batch anytime during the year.

I played around with several variations, and modified one I found from that I think you’ll love!

Three slices of cranberry bliss bar on a white plate ready to eat.

How to make copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

To make these bars you will need some basic ingredients that are common for dessert bars; flour, butter, eggs, sugar and in this case a few extras for a unique flavor.

Ingredients needed for bliss bars:

  • All-purpose flour – for gluten free diets you can use a 1 to1 gluten-free baking flour.
  • Baking powder – provides a little lift to the ingredients
  • Salt – enhances the sweetness
  • Brown sugar – for the rich molasses flavor. For a sugar free variety use a brown sugar substitute like Lakanto Golden Monkfruit
  • experiment with. I used pomegranate Ocean Spray Craisins.
  • Butter and eggs, because this is a baked treat!
  • Ginger – adds a punch of flavor, but it’s not too strong. For a stronger flavor consider adding minced candied ginger too.
  • Cranberries – dried. There are a variety of flavors that you can add in place of the plain variety that I use. Try the orange flavored cranberries.
  • White Chocolate – the best you can find. I use both baking chips or white chocolate bars chopped up.

For the Frosting:

  • Neufchâtel cheese – 1/3 lower in fat, why not! Saving a few calories without compromising the flavors.
  • Butter – adds to the creaminess and richness of the frosting
  • Vanilla extract
  • Confectioner’s sugar – not too much, just the right amount of sweetness. Feel free to lower the sugar content by using a sugar free version. Just make sure it the confectioners type, light and fluffy!
dessert bars ingredients.

Steps to make cranberry bliss bars

Step 1 – Beat sugar and butter

Beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla.

Step 2 – Beat in eggs

One at a time beat in the eggs until well incorporated.

Step 3 Whisk dry ingredients together and fold into butter mixture

In a separate mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and ground ginger.

Next, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, then fold in the cranberries and white chocolate.

All the ingredients combined for bliss bars.

Step 4 Bake

Next place prepared batter in a greased 9″ x 14″ baking dish.

Bake until set and lightly browned and cool completely on a baking rack.

Step 5 Prepare frosting

Beat together Neufchatel cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar until well combined.

Step 6 Slice

Finally, spread frosting on cooled bars. Add additional cranberries if desired.

Slice into squares or triangles like Starbucks does and enjoy every bite of these cranberry bliss bars!

Cookie bars on a baking cooling rack.

You just saved yourself a trip to the coffee shop!

Can you freeze bliss bars?

Yes! These cranberry bliss bars can be frozen for up to a month for the best tasting bars.

To freeze, place in an air tight freezer container. Note that if you are layering the bars, then it is best to place a piece of parchment or wax paper between the layers.

To defrost, place in the refrigerator and remove the parchment paper so the frosting doesn’t stick to the paper.

Are these keto friendly treats?

No. Sorry! These bars are made with all-purpose flour, which is not keto friendly.

If you are ok with some gluten then you can lower the carbs by substituting the sugars with sugar free alternatives like monk fruit.

For a keto cookie be sure to try these peppermint keto Christmas cookies.

A platter filled with peppermint keto Christmas cookies.

Looking for more treat recipes with cranberries?

Be sure to check out these recipes too!

Sliced cranberry bliss bars frosted with sweet cream cheese on a cooling rack.
Sliced cranberry bliss bars on a white plate with a backing rack in the background with more bars.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Delicious bars with dried cranberries and white chocolate in a cake-like batter, then topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting. These bars are inspired by Starbucks coffee shop seasonal treat.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, Bliss bars, blondies, Starbucks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer



  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons minced candied ginger optional
  • 1/2 cup dried minced cranberries I used pomegranate Craisins
  • 4 oz. white chocolate I used 1 bar of Lindt, coarsely chopped


  • 4 oz. neufchâtel cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
  • Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla.
  • Once incorporated, add eggs one at a time.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and ground ginger.
  • Combine flour and butter mixture.
  • Separately, mix fresh ginger and 1 teaspoon of sugar, then add to the dough.
  • Fold in cranberries and chocolate.
  • Put in greased 9 X 13 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • For frosting mix Neufchatel cheese, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar until well combined. Put on top of cooled bars. Add additional cranberries on top if desired.


To make your own gingered candy mix 2 teaspoon sugar with 2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 117mg | Sugar: 20g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.


Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar! Enjoy this seasonal treat all year long and save a few bucks. You'll love the nice warm flavor of ginger paired with tart cranberries with white chocolate. All topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting!
Copycat Starbucks Bliss Bars are triangular pieces of cookie with cake crust are topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting mixed with white chocolate and dried cranberries. The Foodie Affair
Cranberry Bliss Bar Photo December, 2011

This recipe was first published December 2011. I have updated the photos and added additional content, December 2020.

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  1. These cranberry bliss bars look so perfect. So great that these can be made at home. Great gift idea for my neighbors.

  2. I have never had these before. I have seen them at Starbucks though. I always wondered how they tasted. They do look delicious.

  3. These look really close to something I plan on making for NYE tomorrow. I’m saving this recipe as well… for comparison purposes. Looks fantastic (although I’ve never had the “original” bliss bar).