One day, I met my husband and our kids at Starbucks. I can’t remember where I was or why we were separated in the first place, but when I found them at the table, Hobbs had a surprise for me. I am not a coffee drinker so I don’t often go there, and therefore am not familiar with the menu.
What he had there on the table for me was a Cranberry Bliss Bar. I’m wasn’t super into cranberries (except at Thanksgiving) so I was skeptical. But oh. my. gosh. It was absolutely amazing! So amazing that I was left thinking about them… regularly for weeks, and occasionally ever since. Ha!
The problem is that one of those little triangles of bliss is like $2.50.
So I was extremely excited to find this pin with a copycat recipe!
The only ingredients I needed to buy to make this copycat recipe were white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and cream cheese (because I keep all the other ingredients on hand). And that makes a whole batch! My husband LOVED them, and they were easy. Try it, try it!
[Bars & Frosting Separate]
1 Stick of Butter (1/2 cup)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt (optional)
3/4 Cup White Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1 Cup White Chocolate Chips, melted and divided
4 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 3/4 Cups Confectioners Sugar
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line and spray an 8×8 dish with tin foil.
Melt butter in a medium-sized bowl for 90 seconds.
First, add the vanilla and brown sugar, and then add the egg.
Add the flour and salt.
Stir just enough to combine. **Do NOT overmix!**
Fold in 3/4 cup chocolate chips.
Pour batter into the dish, and gently smooth the top.
— If you can, wait until the batter is done baking, and cooling to start making the frosting.–
Bake for 20-25 minutes, being careful not to over bake.
Signs that it’s done: the center is set and golden, the sides are starting to pull away from the edges.
(They didn’t look done to me, but they were.)
While the bars are cooling, make the
Melt the remaining white chocolate chips in 10 second intervals about 6 times.
Mix the cream cheese and 3/4 of the melted white chocolate, slowly adding in the confectioners sugar. Use a mixer on low and then switch to medium for 3 minutes.
Frost the bars once they’ve cooled.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup cranberries all over them.
Drizzle the rest of the melted white chocolate over the bars.
Cut, serve and enjoy.
You don’t even have to cut them into triangles, although I definitely did. 🙂