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Just like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

December 14, 2011

Tis’ the season for lights, trees, gift giving, food, family, friends and Seasonal red cups full of yummy drinks and treats from Starbucks!  I made this recipe years ago after having a Cranberry Bliss Bar from Starbucks and was reminded of it last week (and how good it was) when I was out for coffee!  The cake is dense with a little hint of sweet crystalized ginger and studded with dried cranberries and white chocolate, and frosted with a lemon cream cheese frosting!

  The recipe came from one of those copycat websites but I’m not 100% sure which one as I wrote it down ages ago.  For the price of about 2 of these at Starbucks you can whip up 16 and impress all of your family and friends! 

Just Like “bucks” Cranberry Bliss Bars  makes 16 large bars

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped crystalized ginger*
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 4 oz white chocolate, chopped

*the ginger is quite sticky once you start to chop it so I tossed it into my magic bullet with a tbsp of granulated sugar and pulsed it until it was a fairly fine powder.

for the frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries to sprinkle on top

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X13″ pan.

Cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes) Beat in the molasses and then add the eggs one at a time mixing well between each addition.  Add the ginger and vanilla.

Mix in the dry ingredients stopping to scrape the bowl as needed. 

Fold in the chocolate and cranberries.

Using a rubber spatula, spread the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until set and golden brown.

Set the cake aside and cool.

Once cake has cooled, make the frosting by combining all of the ingredients and beating until smooth.

Spread icing on cooled cake and sprinkle with chopped cranberries.

Chill to set the icing.

Slice the cake into 8 portions and then cut each square in half to create a triangle.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2012 6:15 pm

    is it more like a cake or a bar

    • betchacanteatjustone permalink*
      March 11, 2012 7:43 am

      this is a good mix between a cake and a bar. The cake layer is very dense and the slice and hold together really easily

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