By Cookin'Diva on January 03, 2007
Photo by **Tinkerbell**
Photo by **Tinkerbell**
"You'll find these bars at Starbucks during special holidays. The texture is like a chewy brownie, but the flavors include white chocolate, zesty orange, and cranberry, finished with a cream cheese frosting. NOTES - this recipe uses a 10x15 pan. One of the photos shows you how to make the right cuts to create signature triangle shapes. Nov. 2013 note - the bars bought from Starbucks have gone down-hill this year with icing that is flavorless and no real ginger flavor to the bars. Skip Starbucks and make your own! For Valentine's Day, I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter and tinted the icing pink. They were beautiful!"
Serving Size: 1 (43 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 40
"These are so good and perfect for Christmas time, much better than the ones at Starbucks. I used 1 teaspoon each of orange zest and vanilla in the batter, and used a 1/2 teaspoon each of orange zest and vanilla in the frosting. The amount of sugar in the frosting seemed like to much so I used just half of the amount and they were perfectly sweet. Just make sure that when your melting the white chocolate, do it in 15 second intervals stirring after each one or it will burn. Thanks for the great recipe!"
"Fabulous copycat! People may criticize the richness/sweetness, but it's no sweeter than the Starbuck's version. If you want a replica - this is it. If you want a low sugar dessert, you wouldn't be buying this at Starbucks anyhow.
I have had a craving for these for years, but after discovering my allergy to gluten, figured it was another thing I couldn't have. I weighed 1 c. all purpose flour and measured 135 grams. This is what I used to substitute my GF flours. I used brown rice flour (90 g), sweet rice flour(65g), tapioca flour (65g) & potato starch (50g)
Other than that change for my needs, I made one more. I added 1/2 tsp salt to the batter. I brought them to a party where there were a lot of gluten free eaters, as well as not. They were a hit with everyone. I do agree that using the orange extract yields better results.
I used an 11x17 baking sheet, sprayed it well with cooking spray and spread it out. I cut them into 2-3 bite triangles and it's just right."
"i used vanilla extract instead of orange. Since I used two tbsp of orange zest, so it still had the orange taste to it. this dessert is very sweet, rich and yummy. i'm anal and compared a lot of different recipes and am glad I chose this one. Everyone liked them."
"Oh, these are sooo good! I've never had the Starbucks bars, so can't compare. These were a bit time-intensive, but so worth the impressive results. After cutting into triangles, I swirled pink-tinted icing over the tops for a lovely Valentine effect. The orange, ginger and cranberry flavors meld so wonderfully! Thanks for sharing this!"
"Excellent recipe! They taste just like the ones at Starbucks! Good call on using parchment paper. It makes it easier to cut the bars and easy clean up. I recommend this recipe to everyone!"
"This is a GREAT recipe but for my family, it was way too sweet.
I cut the brown sugar from 1 cup --> to 3/4 cup
and 3/4 cup of white chocolate chips --> to 1/3 cup
I cut the 3 cups of confectioners sugar --> 1 cup
They tasted so much better with less sugar. I also don't plan on getting/giving diabetes anytime soon.
As for the texture, be careful as it will be dry if you don't cut the baking time in half! I baked mine at 350 for exactly 15 minutes and they turned out wonderful. Just as dense [although not as squishy] as the Starbucks version. If you want a clear sign, look for the brown at the edges, NOT the whole pan. I made this mistake the first time and they turned out a bit dry. I also creamed the butter instead of melting like one reviewer recommended.
Finally, do NOT skip out on the orange extract for the vanilla. Yes the vanilla is more common, but the orange, ginger, and cranberry flavor is what makes these bars so delish.
Overall this recipe is a 4.5, but since I had to make a few adjustments, I gave it a 4. Try it for yourself though!"
"These are so good! Taste just like Starbucks! I made them twice and I think they taste the best if you let them chill in the fridge for a few hours to overnight. I chopped the chips and berries that go in the dough the first time and the second time I left them whole and liked that texture better. I left off the orange zest the second time and it tasted just as good."
"Exactly like Starbucks! They turned out beautifully, and tasted absolutely fabulous -- and so much cheaper to make than buying a tray of them at Starbucks. Everyone who tasted them asked for the recipe. My sister-in-law wants me to bring some to Christmas dinner. --Quite a compliment, since she's the best baker I know."
"These are seriously yum! I haven't had the bars from Starbucks in many months so it's hard to say if they are exactly the same but they are wonderful for sure!! I made them just as written but used a full size cookie sheet and only cooked them for about 16 min. I will make these again and again! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!!"
"I made these 4 times in December. They are wonderful. I will be making them again for Valentines Day! Can't wait to share them again."
"These really were very close to the starbucks bars. I will make these again and again."
"If I could leave 10 stars I would. My daughter and I made them last night and they are wonderful. We followed the recipe exactly, we used the orange extract, and I think it really makes the bar taste just like Starbucks. We thought they tasted just as good the next day, too. At first we thought there was too much frosting, but after eating several, we decided, no - they are perfect as they are! Thank you for posting this recipe we had fun making them and eating them! Oh, yes - we did share some and I'm waiting for the recipe request!"
"After having these from Starbucks I knew that I had to find a recipe to make them myself. These are absolutely delicious and so easy. I do not do the drizzle but chop up both the crasins and white chips and add them to the cream cheese as part of the frosing along with the orange zest. Everybody just loves them and they are a new staple in my house!"
"I used this recipe for work bake exchange and a family holiday gathering and got lots of compliments. They are very rich. I opted not to do the drizzle and they still tasted great. Follow the recipe exactly to get them to be more of a bar consistency. Let melted butter cool and blend sugars for 3-5 minutes. It helps!"
"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."