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Cranberry Bliss Bars (Starbucks copycat) Recipe

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This recipe for Cranberry Bliss Bars (Starbucks copycat) is from The Lesniewski Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at We'll help you start your own personal cookbook! It's easy and fun. Click here to start your own cookbook!



1 c. (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. orange extract (substitute with 1 teaspoon of orange zest and 1 teaspoon of orange juice)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. baking powder
tsp. salt
2 c. AP flour
1 c. white chocolate chips
c. craisins

Frosting and Topping:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
tsp. orange extract
tsp. vanilla extract
⅓ c. craisins, roughly chopped
2 squares white baking chocolate or almond bark, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9 inch pan or rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Beat together melted butter and brown sugar over medium speed with an electric mixer. Add in eggs, 1 tsp orange extract, and 1 tsp vanilla extract and beat until mixed well. Add in ground ginger, baking powder, salt, and flour, beating until just blended. Don't overmix.
3. Stir in white chocolate chips and Craisins by hand. Spread evenly into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes until set and golden brown at the edges. Don't overbake or bars will be hard. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool. Allow bars to cool completely before topping with frosting.
4. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add 1/2 tsp orange extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and mix well. Top cooled bars with frosting. Sprinkle with chopped Craisins and drizzle white chocolate over the top with a fork. I dip my fork into the chocolate then shake it gently over the top of the bars to create little streaks. You can either slice right away and enjoy, or place the bars in the refrigerator for about an hour (what I like to do) to help them set up before cutting. Cut into triangles and enjoy!

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
24 bars
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
35 mins.
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Store sliced bars in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

If you prefer a thicker frosting, feel free to add an additional 1/2 cup of sugar.




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