Cranberry Orange Bars Recipe

Posted in on the 26th January, 2013
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Cranberry Orange Bars

This recipe for Cranberry Orange Bars is a fresh, flavorful and sweet bar for the winter. It’s strikingly similar to the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, but it is a bit more orange-y (recipe adapted from  It’s a perfect companion to your favorite hot cup of ___ (fill in the blank.) These are soooo good!

They are not difficult to make, however there are a few steps. So you must be patient.  Let me show you how to make these addicting Cranberry Orange Bars.

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Enjoy the comfort of food!

Cranberry Orange Bars

Serves 40
Prep time 1 hour, 41 minutes
Cook time 24 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 5 minutes
Allergy Egg allergy, Milk Allergy (Dairy), Wheat Allergy (Gluten)
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Holiday Recipes, Thanksgiving
These are very similar to the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars. They are very flavorful and curb a sweet tooth. A little goes a long way.



  • 2 cups white wheat flour (all purpose ok)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I used kosher salt)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 3/4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups craisin (dried cranberries)


  • 6oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature (1/2 stick)
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)


  • 1/3 cup craisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoon grated orange rind (from 1-2 oranges)
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil


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Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Prepare a 10x15 pan by lining it with parchment paper or use a non-stick spray. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and ginger by whisking and set aside.
Mix butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes). Add orange or vanilla extract and then add eggs one at a time. Add the pre-sifted dry mixture, mixing until just combined, but do not over-mix.
Fold or lightly mix in the cranberries and white chocolate chips just until incorporated. Spread batter in the prepared pan and bake 350°F (175°C) for 20-24 minutes or until light brown at the edges. You can also test doneness with a toothpick or skewer & when it comes out clean after inserted to the middle, it is done. Don't over-bake or they will be dry. Let it cool completely. Do not attempt to frost them until the bars are 110% cooled or the frosting will melt.
Step 2 Whip the cheese and butter until they are fluffy. Add the orange extract and powdered sugar and continue to whip until frosting is spreadable (add in 1 tablespoon of milk, if needed). Spread evenly over completely cooled bars.
Step 3 Sprinkle orange zest, then craisins over frosted bars. Combine white chocolate chip and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the white chocolate chips for 1 minute; stirring every 15 seconds until just melted. Use a fork, whisk, or bottle to drizzle the white chocolate diagonally across the bars. Allow at least an hour for the drizzled white chocolate & frosting to set up before cutting.
Step 4 Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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