This is a Starbuck’s copycat recipe of their bliss bars that they have every Holiday season. I first fell in love with these in high school and have tried to go in and get one every year since. This is a pretty good copycat recipe, although the one I made last Christmas was a bit better if I remember correctly. I just cannot find the one I used last year, these were still good though and a hit at our Christmas dinner.
– 3/4 cups ( 1 1/2 sticks) butter
– 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
– 2 1/4 cups all- purpose flour
– 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
– 1/4 tsp. salt
– 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
– 1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used craisins)
– 6 ounces baking white chocolate
– 1 (8 oz) package softened cream cheese
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted (and divided)
-1/2 cup dried cranberries
– 1 tsp. grated orange zest, optional
Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray a 9x 13-inch pan generously with nonstick cooking spray.
Prepare the blonde layer: in a medium bowl, melt butter in the microwave until melted and stir in the brown sugar. Pour the butter and sugar into the bowl of your mixture and let it cool to room temperature. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix just until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Gradually add this mixture to the egg sugar mix and blend until combined. Stir in the cranberries and the white chocolate. The batter will be very thick.
Spread the blondie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Watch this closely so you do it over bake. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
For the frosting: clean your mixing bowl and place the cream cheese and powdered sugar in it. Beat this until combined. Gradually add half the melted white chocolate; beat until combined. Frost bars. Sprinkle with the rest of the cranberries and orange zest if desired. Drizzle with the remaining white chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut bars in triangles when ready to serve.