These Cranberry Bliss Cookies are Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars turned into a quick, easy holiday cookie. They’re just as delicious!
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If you like Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars, you will LOVE these Cranberry Bliss Cookies.
Every year, I am SO excited when Cranberry Bliss Bars return to Starbucks. They are one of my FAVORITE holiday treats.
One year, I made copycat Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars for Christmas. I ate SOOO many.
They surprisingly took more effort and time to make than I thought they would. Not that they weren’t worth it.
BUT, if you’re short on time or want to make something a little easier that still taste like Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars, these Cranberry Bliss Cookies are perfect for you.
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Cranberry Bliss Cookies
These are seriously my new favorite holiday cookie. I can’t get enough.
These Cranberry Bliss Cookies are PERFECT for cookie swaps, Christmas parties, holiday gift-giving, or just a special Christmas treat for you and your family.
I did my best to mimic the texture and taste of Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars. This took several tries.
The cookie needed to be a little more robust to hold the cream cheese frosting.
I also didn’t want to chill the dough. I wanted this to be a quick, easy alternative to the Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars that we all know and love.
Fortunately, I figured out the right combination of ingredients that prevented the dough from spreading without chilling.
And still tastes like the popular Starbucks treat.
If you like Starbucks’ Iced Lemon Loaf Cake, you should check out How to Make Lemon Loaf Bread. It’s even better than Starbucks!
How to Make Cranberry Bliss Cookies
This recipe is truly easy. I also already had all the items in my house.
Dried Cranberries – I eat them on salads every day.
Cream Cheese – I’ve been eating too much of this CARAMEL APPLE CREAM CHEESE SPREAD by She Wears Many Hats. It’s absolutely delicious and super easy. So, I have a lot of cream cheese.
White Chocolate Chips – I use these in other recipes like my Easy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies – The BEST Christmas Cookie and Matcha Green Tea Cookies with White Chocolate.
Ground Ginger – I have been using this in a few recipes that will be posted soon!
The rest of ingredients are the usual baking needs – butter, brown sugar, egg, baking powder, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar.
Frosting for Cranberry Bliss Cookies
This cream cheese frosting is INCREDIBLE!!! I could eat spoonfuls. Seriously.
My aunt also likes to sneak some tastes while I’m making it.
You can easily mix this frosting by hand. But, if you have a hand mixer or a stand mixer, that’ll create a more whipped consistency. I recently used this KitchenAid Stand Mixer and I’m OBSESSED. It was so easy to use and did a beautiful job.
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An important tip is to soften the cream cheese and mash it a bit before mixing in the powdered sugar.
Another important tip is to chop the dried cranberries that will be used on top of the frosting. Smaller pieces of dried cranberries look better and distribute the taste more evenly.
For more dried cranberry recipes, check out-
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Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Cookies
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Ingredients for Cranberry Bliss Cookies
Makes about 14 cookies.
For the Cookies:
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Butter, softened
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
- 1 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 3/4 cups Flour
- 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips
For the Frosting:
- 4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
For the Topping:
- 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries, chopped
Directions for Cranberry Bliss Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. These Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets are non-stick and pre-cut to fit most baking sheets. They make holiday baking waaay more efficient.
- In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined.
- Add the flour, baking soda, and ground ginger. Stir.
- Fold in the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
- Scoop dough into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until done.
- Let cool for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Directions for Frosting
- In a medium mixing bowl, mash softened cream cheese and vanilla extract together.
- Add the powdered sugar. Mix. A hand mixer or a stand mixer will help create a whipped consistency.
- Once the Cranberry Bliss Cookies are cooled, smear the frosting on each cookie.
- Sprinkle chopped dried cranberries on top.
Store these cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe!