I made these but slightly different. I checked the ingredients for the Starbucks Bliss Bars. It calls for dried cranberries, NOT craisins, there is a difference and I makes a difference in the recipe. As posted and IF using the dried cranberries as I did, this is one fantastic recipe. Please don't use craisins as it changes the taste and flavor and even the look. <br/><br/>Yes, it takes some hands on time but it is so worth it. <br/><br/>I also suggest the larger jelly roll type pan to make it more authentic, using the 9x13 pan gives it more of a brownie consistency. Spray it with the baking spray containing flour and there is no need for parchment paper (which I use often). Also, underbake rather than overbake as there is always that carry over baking time as it rests before continuing.<br/><br/>Fantastic recipe and I'll be making it very soon, again. this fall.
I have had this recipe on my To Do list for years. Yesterday I finally got around to trying it for a casual dinner with friends. I used my jelly roll pan, which I think is 10x15, half orange extract and half homemade vanilla in both the bar and frosting. I cut the bars after they cooled, and then let my 6 year old and their 9 year old daughter frost them and sprinkle on the cranberries and orange zest. I didn't do the drizzle; only because I forgot, but flavor-wise I didn't miss it. These bars are half cookie/half cake texture, and plenty sweet, but that's what makes this a good copycat recipe of the Starbucks bars. I'd much rather make them at home and know what's going in them. I tested one this morning after letting them refrigerate overnight, and I think I like the refrigerated texture even more than fresh. They have a little more chewiness to the bars, and a little more firmness to the frosting. Thanks for sharing, Cookin'Diva!
I made these tonight after having one of the "real bars" last week. These are even better than the original bar and I will be adding them to my Christmas cookie list! I used the 2/3 cup brown sugar as suggested and baked it in a 9 x 13 pan for the recommended time. Thank you sooo much for this recipe! Love it!!!
What a disappointment! Nothing like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss - while I had no problem with dryness and the texture was right on, I found the flavor dull and lacking. I only made one change to the recipe - I softened and did not melt the butter, so it creamed nicely with the sugars, perhaps why the texture was good. But so plain...not at all like the ones in the store. Won't make again.
I just finished these to take to a potluck at work. I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed; they turned out very dry. The flavor is all there if you can get past the dryness. I went back over the recipe to see if I had missed anything. I had followed it to a "T". I might make again this year & cut down on baking time & temp. I think they are worth a 2nd attempt due to the flavor. If I don't get to it this year I'll try again next year for the holidays.
Not that close to Starbucks, I was a little dissapointed. Baked for 20 minutes and they were dry, not the right consistency.
The Holidays begins for me the day that Starbucks put these out for the Christmas Season. I was very pleased by the taste. I cooked mine a little to long and they did not have the soft gooeyness that Starbucks has. Watch your time and next time I will actually take mine out about 5 minutes earlier.
Took to a luncheon for a bunch of women and got lots of compliments. These are delicious but very sweet. Next time, I might chop the white chocolate chips before adding to the batter and would eliminate the drizzled melted white chocolate on top. I cooked these in a 10 x 15 pan for 23 minutes, and all but the edges were a brownie-like consistency. Thank you for a great recipe.
I'm a huge fan of Starbucks' version of this so I was excited to try it. For some reason mine were more cake like than the ones at the store. The ones you get from Starbucks have more of a blondie consistency. Not sure what went wrong. Still delicious and had a similar taste just not the right texture. I'll try it again and see where I fouled up!
This tasted like cranberry cake with cream cheese frosting to me. The bars were pretty. I served it at a holiday party and about half of them were eaten. The recipe is worth trying once.