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Cranberry Bliss Bars with Coconut

Cranberries, white chocolate and coconut atop gooey blondie base make this truly irresistible treat for this holiday season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bliss bars, Starbucks copycat bars
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 831 kcal
Author Anna

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c unsalted butter 1 1/2 stick
  • 1 1/2 c packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves optional
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c shredded coconut sweetened or unsweetened
  • 6 oz . white chocolate chips or baking chocolate
  • 1 oz pkg cream cheese softened, 8 .
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 6 oz . white chocolate chips or baking chocolate
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 c shredded coconut divided, sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries
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Instructions

  1. Line 13"x9" baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a microwave safe dish. Pour into a mixing bowl of your stand mixer. Add brown sugar and stir until combined. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients ( flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves ). With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients. When there are still few flour lumps in the batter, add cranberries, white chocolate and coconut. Fold in. Spread the batter in prepared dish. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, melt white chocolate with coconut oil. Stir until smooth.
  6. For the frosting: beat cream cheese until smooth, add powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Add half of the melted chocolate and beat to combine. Stir in half of the coconut. Spread over cooled blondies. Sprinkle with cranberries and remaining coconut. Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the frosting. Cut into triangles. Store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

It is best to underbake the blondie base, as even few more minutes in the oven can result in a tough bar. As soon as you see the edges set, pull them out and let cool completely on the counter. They will set. The addition of coconut and coconut oil is optional, yet recommended. The original Starbucks recipe doesn't include it.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Bliss Bars with Coconut
Amount Per Serving
Calories 831 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 178mg 7%
Potassium 327mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 134g 45%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 92g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 15.8%
Calcium 12.2%
Iron 18.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.