Recipe By CookieEater
Published Mar 5th
Prep 30m Cook 30m Additional 6h Ready In 6h 60m
Servings 16 bars Calories 413.6

These festive and delicious bars taste just like the real deal!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons minced candied ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries (such as Craisins®)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries (such as Craisins®)
  • 2 tablespoons minced candied ginger
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Beat 3 cups confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a large bowl using an electric mixer until frosting is smooth. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate while preparing cake.
  2. 2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  3. 3 Beat brown sugar and butter together in a large bowl using an electric mixer until smooth; beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until smooth. Stir 2 tablespoons ginger, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and salt into brown sugar-butter mixture until incorporated.
  4. 4 Beat flour and baking powder into brown sugar-butter mixture until batter is smooth; fold in 3/4 cup dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.
  5. 5 Bake in the preheated oven until cake is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cake completely, 4 hours to overnight. Remove frosting from refrigerator 1 hour before frosting the cake.
  6. 6 Spread frosting evenly over cake; sprinkle with 1/4 cup dried cranberries and 2 tablespoons ginger.
  7. 7 Whisk 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and cream together in a bowl until smooth; drizzle over frosted cake. Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  8. 8 Cut cake in half lengthwise and each half into 8 equal rectangles. Cut each rectangle in half diagonally, creating 16 triangle-shaped bars.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 413.6
  • Carbohydrate 64 g
  • Cholesterol 69.1 mg
  • Fat 16.5 g
  • Fiber 0.7 g
  • Protein 3.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 9.9 g
  • Sodium 200.5 mg
  • Sugar 53.1 g


  1. So many problems with this recipe! This is NOT like the actual Starbucks cranberry bliss bars. The one thing this gets right is the sweetness of the Starbucks version. Otherwise, this is pretty far off the original bars, Things that need to be corrected to make this recipe like the Starbucks: ~orange in the cream - Read more ...
  2. I accidentally added 2 full sticks of butter (whoops) = 1 cup butter rather than 3/4 c like it calls for. No biggie. I just added a tiny bit of water to even out batter. I didn't have minced candied ginger on hand, so I used a combo of orange peel and ground ginger instead. - Read more ...
  3. This recipe is great - they taste just like the ones at Starbucks! The best part is you can make them anytime of year to enjoy - not just Christmastime. I didn't find them to be too sweet, but then I have quite a sweet tooth. I skipped the drizzle over the top. Do not - Read more ...
  4. Very good everyone loves but it is work
  5. This is a really sweet treat, but if you have had the one from Starbucks, this one should be no surprise. I would recommend cutting differently so that you get several small bites, rather than bars. Makes a great holiday treat to give away!
  6. I made this for our Christmas gathering and my family also found this recipe way too sweet except for the younger children. I probably will not make this recipe again. If I do I will decrease the sugar in the cake by a quarter cup and the powdered sugar in the frosting by half as - Read more ...
  7. Making this recipe as stated (except for the Icing which I thought was just toooo much sugar), I was very disappointed that the cranberry and ginger flavors were hidden by the overpoweringly sweet taste from the white chocolate chips and the frosting. I though with the lemon juice added to the frosting, it would cut - Read more ...
  8. Delicious! Just like the ones at Starbucks, but better!
  9. These are delicious but do not resemble the cranberry bliss bars in Vancouver Canada.

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