Gluten-Free Holiday Bliss Cookie Bars

Using a basic cookie recipe, I revised it to be gluten-free and instead of the soft cake-like texture that Starbucks® Cranberry Bliss Bars have, these have a chewy, cookie-like texture. Also, I reduced the sugar so they're not quite so sweet.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
48 cookie bars


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups gluten-free flour blend (such as Namaste Perfect Flour Blend™)

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum

  • 1 (8 ounce) package white chocolate chips

  • ¾ cup shredded coconut

  • 1 (16 ounce) container cream cheese frosting

  • ½ cup chopped dried cranberries, or to taste


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

  2. Beat butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth.

  3. Stir flour, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum together in a separate bowl. Stir 1/2 of the flour mixture into the egg mixture; mix well. Stir in remaining flour mixture, along with white chocolate chips and coconut. Mix well. Press into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges start to brown, about 23 minutes. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  5. Frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with cranberry bits. Cut into 48 triangles.

Cook's Note:

You can bake these as individual cookies. Bake until golden on the edges, about 12 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

165 Calories
9g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 20mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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