When I think about Starbucks during the winter, I don’t think about the red cups, Eggnog Lattes, or Peppermint Mochas. Instead, thoughts of Cranberry Bliss Bars begin dancing through my head. The only bad thing about Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars is that they’re seasonal, which means when the proverbial snow melts, these sweet treats also disappear.
This winter I set out to fix that and keep the taste of the *Starbucks* holidays alive year round.
I went on a bit of a baking rampage this year for the holidays (I made over 124 cookies, but that’s a separate story altogether), and as I planned my baking spree, I sat down and made a list of cookie types and flavors I wanted to give to my friends and family.
My to-bake list grew with nutty cookies, chocolatey cookies, spicy cookies, and sugary cookies, but I kept coming back to the idea of a Cranberry Bliss Bar. None of my other cookie recipes had the brightness of fruit and a sweet spiced holiday flavor, which I thought it would make a great addition to this year’s packages. I didn’t plan to invent my own cookie recipe, but when I scanned the internet, I found plenty of Cranberry Bliss Bar recipes, but no cookies… and I desperately wanted cookies!
Since I didn’t find what I was looking for, I set out to make my own. I grabbed a Cranberry Bliss Bar from a nearby Starbucks that is also conveniently located inside my nearest market, and picked out the flavors as I shopped for ingredients.
It took a few tries and tweaks, but I finally successfully created the bar in cookie form. All that’s missing is the cream cheese frosting, but I think these cookies stand up without it.
The true test was passing my Cranberry Bliss Cookies out this holiday season. I was happy to receive enthusiastic responses to these cookies, and many of my beloved Starbucks addicts were able to place the familiar flavor from their first bites! The secret is the citrus-ginger dough. I could — and did — eat it with a spoon!
Put this one in your recipe box (unless I’m the only one who still uses those…), and enjoy a taste of the holidays all year long!
- 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350.
- With an electric mixer or hand mixer, beat together the sugars and butter until fluffy.
- Add orange juice, egg, and vanilla and beat again until incorporated.
- Stir in the flour.
- Add cranberries and white chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.
- Drop spoonfuls (1 1/2-2 tablespoons) of dough into a cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before moving to a cooking rack to finish cooking.