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

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Frosting:
Cake:
Topping:

Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spread frosting evenly over cake; sprinkle with 1/4 cup dried cranberries and 2 tablespoons ginger.

  • 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.

  • 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

413.6 calories; protein 3.8g 8% DV; carbohydrates 64g 21% DV; fat 16.5g 25% DV; cholesterol 69.1mg 23% DV; sodium 200.5mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2013
Delicious! Just like the ones at Starbucks but better! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2013
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 a bit of the sweet taste but all it did was give it an interesting "tang" that really didn't sit well with the cream cheese. I made these for family get together for Christmas. I'll take them because I know there are some there with an extremely sweet tooth but I won't be making them again. Never having tasted the original they these were made to taste like I can't tell you how close the taste is. If I do make it again I will leave off the frosting and not put the chips in either. Will probably drizzle a lemon juice/powdered sugar icing over the top but nothing else. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2013
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 a bit of the sweet taste but all it did was give it an interesting "tang" that really didn't sit well with the cream cheese. I made these for family get together for Christmas. I'll take them because I know there are some there with an extremely sweet tooth but I won't be making them again. Never having tasted the original they these were made to taste like I can't tell you how close the taste is. If I do make it again I will leave off the frosting and not put the chips in either. Will probably drizzle a lemon juice/powdered sugar icing over the top but nothing else. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/30/2016
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 cheese frosting NOT lemon. You can use grated orange peel (1 - 1 1/2 Tablespoons or to taste) or orange extract (maybe about 1/2 teaspoon) or a combination of the two. There is no whipped cream topping on the Starbucks version--it is melted and drizzled white chocolate only. There is no ginger on top of the Starbucks bliss bar--only in the bar itself. The frosting should only have chopped cranberries and then a white chocolate drizzle on top. The texture of the bars can be improved by using 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup of butter (melted not softened) and 2 eggs. The above changes will get you a much closer version of the Starbucks bars. I also make additional changes based on my personal preference so stop reading if you want exactly the Starbucks version. Things that I change based on my personal preferences: Add a little orange flavor to the bar batter. 1/4 teaspoon orange extract (in addition to the vanilla extract) or about 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (I live at high altitude so I need to add more liquid). You could also used grated orange peel--maybe about a Tablespoon. I think the Starbucks bars are too sweet--in additi Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2013
Delicious! Just like the ones at Starbucks but better! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2014
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2015
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. I also omitted the drizzle on top per reviews saying it was sweet enough without it, and it is. I actually enjoyed the combo of ginger and orange with the cranberry flavor. Yum! I will make this again ... and again... and again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2013
These are delicious but do not resemble the cranberry bliss bars in Vancouver Canada. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2013
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 it was not spreadable and far too sweet. I would not use the final drizzle at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2015
Very good everyone loves but it is work Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2013
This is a good recipe. I gave it 4 stars because the icing on top made it too sweet. I'll drop it next time I make this and I'll add one more tablespoon of lemon juice in the frosting to make it a little sour. Over all I really enjoyed this recipe. Read More
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