Cranberry bliss bars

Bakeress has baked!

I realize the Holidays are almost over….

but there is still some time to make these. I even know that they are healthy for you because 

of the cranberries added to the bars.

I posted the recipe 2 years ago….but since it’s been so long i thought i would show it to you again

in case you need something good to munch on or take to one of your neighbors as a gift.

I’ve made a few batches this week….and dropped them all off to our new friends….and i only ate one.


But i may have licked the entire bowl of frosting because i’m a cream cheese frosting lover.

These are the same ones that Starbucks makes expect i don’t do the extra drizzled icing over the top….because 

i think it ruins them with too much sweetness.

I’ll still post the drizzle recipe at the bottom in case you want to add it…but trust me…you don’t need it.


1 cup {2 sticks} unsalted sweet cream butter

1  1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed

3 eggs

1  1/2 tsp. ginger

1  1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup diced dried cranberries

6 ounces white chocolate, cut into chunks {or 1/2 bag of white chocolate chips}



4-ounces softened cream cheese

3 cups powdered sugar

4 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 c. dried cranberries


Drizzled icing

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp milk

2 tsp vegetable shortening



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Make cake by beating butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, ginger,

and salt, then beat well. Gradually mix in flour until smooth. Mix 3/4 cup diced dried cranberries and white chocolate

into the batter by hand. Pour batter into a well-greased 9×13-inch baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly

across the pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake is light brown on the edges. Allow cake to cool completely.

3. Make frosting by combining the softened cream cheese, 3 cups powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract in

a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.

{this is where i go down hill and test taste it…. eating too much…but someone has to test  it

to make sure it’s not poisoned…..right…}

Use a spatula and spread the frosting over the top of the cooled cake.

4. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the diced cranberries over the frosting on the cake.


Whisk together 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tbsp of milk and shortening. Drizzle icing over the cranberries in a sweeping motion

or use a pastry bag with a fine tip to drizzle frosting across the top of the cake


6. Allow cake to sit for several hours {i normally make it in evening and then it’s ready to serve and deliver to friend in the morning}

7. If you want it to look like the ones served at Starbucks….Slice the cake  lengthwise {the long way} through the middle.

Slice across the width three times making a total of eight rectangular slices.

 Slice each of those rectangles diagonally creating 16 triangular slices.

Or just slice them up in squares.

p.s I am NOT responsible for you eating the entire pan of bars in one sitting.


  1. becky up a hill says:

    yum. making my list, thanks.

  2. Heaven help me girl! I needed something new to make and I think these will be prefect!

  3. Okay, these look so good I almost licked the screen! Love it when you share your recipes!

  4. The vanilla you mention in the directions for the cake is not listed in the ingredient amounts. And that would be
    the 1/4 cup of cranberries on the frosting, not 1.4 cup (step #4), right??

  5. Just delectable. I cold never make that myself. I’m too helpless.

  6. Thank you for sharing! I think I will make these today and add them to my packages. Yummy!


  7. I remember these from a few years back, so thank you again for posting the recipe! I’m off to bake away

  8. These look so good!!!!

  9. PINNED IT!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to try them!

  10. I was just about to say….pinning! they look so cute & christmasssssssyyyyy!!!! ! yum!

  11. Lauren Harwood says:

    I think the pictures made me fatter… however, that is not going to stop me from making them too!

  12. Thank you for sharing this again! Can’t wait to make them this weekend!

  13. I’m back….stalking your yummy goodies. I made them and they were to die for, thank you so much for sharing! I linked back to you so everyone can get the recipe. Thanks again!


  14. I made them! Very good!! Definitely a winner!!

  15. Raggygirlvintage says:

    Okay made them for dessert and they were yum, but mine were definitely more like bars and not cakey like in your photo. Was I supposed to add any raising agent?

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