Copycat Starbucks Bliss Bars

My coworkers are regulars at Starbucks and just about everyday I see a drink with the familiar coffee label on one of the desks in our office. They’re not the “mocha latte lo-fat cream” types, but although they like the plain ol’ fashion cup of joe they will occasionally pick up some fancy treats from under the display case.  A favorite among these seems to be the Cranberry Bliss Bars. They’re a seasonal favorite this time of year, and exactly the recipe I wanted to duplicate! Maybe it was divine intervention or just another foodie on the same quest for deliciousness, but quite by surprise a friend tagged me on Facebook a copycat Starbuck Cranberry Bliss Bar recipe from Mr. Breakfast, mrbreakfast.com!
These triangular pieces of cookie with cake crust are topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting, mixed with white chocolate and dried cranberries, similar to my earlier scone recipe combining chocolate and cranberries, and just as delicious.  Added is a hint of ginger in the crust… ohhh, bliss for sure! Mr. Breakfast’s recipe has a perfect frosting, although I tried to save 1/3 calories by using neufchâtel cheese instead of full fat cream cheese, and I did tweak the bar ingredients just a bit.
Bliss Bar Base – preheat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
  • 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
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried minced cranberries (I used pomegranate Craisins)
  • 4 0z. white chocolate (I used 1 bar of Lindt), coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla.
  3. Once incorporated, add eggs one at a time.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and ground ginger.
  5. Combine flour and butter mixture.
  6. Separately, mix fresh ginger and 1 teaspoon of sugar, then add to the dough.
  7. Fold in cranberries and chocolate.
  8. Put in greased 9 X 13 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Frosting
  • 4 oz. neufchâtel cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Mix well and top cooled bars.
Garnish
  • 1 tablespoons minced dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips, melted (I used Ghirardelli)
  1. Sprinkle cranberries on top to frosting.
  2. Drizzle chocolate on top.
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3 thoughts on “Copycat Starbucks Bliss Bars

  1. IamSimplyTia says:

    These bars look rich and delicious. Yummy.

  2. 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).

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