Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe at TheFrugalGirls.com

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This yummy Christmas Recipe comes from my sweet friend Joli… and I’m so excited to share it with you.  These Cranberry Bliss Bars are completely delish! ;)

What You’ll Need for the Bars:

  • 1 1/2 cups packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter {room temperature}
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 3/4 cups White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Dried Cranberries, chopped
  • 1 cup Toasted Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Grated Orange Zest

What You’ll Need for the Frosting:

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese {room temperature}
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter {room temperature}
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 6 oz. White Chocolate Squares for Baking
  • 1 tbsp. Grated Orange Zest

What You’ll Do to Make the Bars:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly butter 11×15 jelly roll pan or rimmed baking sheet.
  • Whisk together Brown Sugar, Eggs & Vanilla in large bowl until smooth…


  • Whisk in the Flour, Baking Powder & Salt until well blended.
  • Then stir in White Chocolate Chips, Cranberries, Pecans & Orange Zest.
  • Spread the mixture evenly in pan {mixture may be stiff}…
  • Bake 20 – 22 minutes until golden brown.
  • Set aside on a wire rack to cool.
  • Now it’s time to whip up some fluffy frosting!

What You’ll Do to Make the Frosting:

  • Cream together Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar, Butter, 1 tbsp Orange Zest & Vanilla with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and fluffy…
  • Spread mixture over cooled cranberry bars.
  • Melt the white chocolate on the stove or in microwave, stirring until smooth.
  • Drizzle melted white chocolate over the bars and let sit until chocolate is set.
  • Cut bars into squares, and then diagonally into triangles.
  • *Personal note: I didn’t have any problems melting the white chocolate, but it was the drizzling that was a frightening site.
  • Oh how I wish Julia Child could have been there just to give me a tip… or five!
  • So my advice to you ~ use a squeeze bottle with a narrow tip for drizzling. I learned that after it was a smidge too late.  ;)
  • I smoothed out my scary drizzle disaster into a thin layer of white chocolate above the Cream Cheese Frosting, so only you and I will ever know…



See Also:

BIG List of Fun Christmas Crafts at TheFrugalGirls.com

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11 Responses to Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

  1. Together We Save says:

    These look oh so yummy!!

  2. Michelle says:

    Another good way to drizzle is to put the icing into a sandwich bag, zip closed and cut a little bit of the bottom corner. Works like a charm. Only cut a little bit otherwise the icing will come out too quickly.

  3. Anissa.Lynette says:

    Yum!! I love Cranberry Bliss Bars. Your recipe is the best that I've seen. Many leave out the orange which is crucial. Can't wait to try them.

    ~Lyn~

  4. Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy says:

    Oh My Goodness! Those look so good. I love anything with cranberries!!

  5. Young Wife says:

    I'm so glad I saw this! Cranberry Bliss Bars are delicious, and if I make them myself I'll save a ton of money. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Debbie says:

    Oh how funny – I was TOTALLY craving hese yyesterday! They are so good! Thanks for sharing your great recipe!

  7. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    Yummy!! You know, I don't mind one bit that you just spread the white chocolate over the top – sounds delicious! :)

  8. Vanessa says:

    everyone loved them. My mother said it was just like starbucks cranberry bars. I also used a sandwich bag to drizzle white choclate over cream chesse frosting.

  9. Meal Planning with Connie says:

    I will definitely try these!
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Alexis AKA MOM says:

    Oh man you would post this yummy recipe, it's so much better when i think I could never make that … LOL :)

  11. Barbara Pettit says:

    I just made the cranberry bliss bars, have not made the frosting yet because I noticed that the recipe does not say to put in butter. So I didn’t use butter in the bar recipe. But there is 1 cup of butter in the written recipe. The frosting has 1/2 cup of butter. Not sure what to do now. I do not want to waste anymore ingredients. Thanks for your help. Barbara

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