Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars.
I mentioned earlier that, particularly in the winter, I adore the white chocolate/dried cranberry combo.
When you add those two ingredients to a base of butter, brown sugar and vanilla, which has been spiced with a heavy teaspoon of ground ginger,
smear it with cream cheese frosting, flavored with the faintest hint of lemon,
and stud it with some more bejeweled dried cranberries,
you’ve got yourself bliss on a plate.
That’s what Starbucks says, anyway. They oughta know; these bars are a favorite to many.
I’ve made this copy cat recipe for the Startbucks holiday treat for a few years now. I omit the final step of an additional, thicker drizzle, but it doesn’t seem to matter much. They do not disappoint.
I’ve only had a cranberry bliss bar from an actual Starbucks establishment once, several years ago. I was at a mall in Leesburg, Florida with my mom and a nearly 3 year old Caroline. I don’t know why we were there, but we were. Believe me, if you’ve been to the mall in Leesburg, Florida, you’d be wondering the same thing. Whatever the reason, on that very day, I was introduced to both the eggnog latte and the cranberry bliss bar.
Please forgive the shadowy pictures. The sun is playing peek-a-boo with the clouds and I gave up trying to get a shadow-less picture. I am unamused by the picture quality, but still very much enamored by the blissfulness of the cranberry bliss bar.
Likewise, I’m very much enamored by Heath bars. Chocolate and toffee are another winning combination. If a recipe calls for Heath bars, chances are, I have it bookmarked.
Because two desserts are better than one, I made a batch of toffee bars for the potluck, as well.
I took the liberty of topping the hot toffee bars with a coating of melted chocolate and an additonal sprinkle of Heath bars.
More is better, right?
I’ve had so much fun baking lately. I’ll be sad when the holidays are over and everyone starts their new year resolutions to lose weight. Somehow butter, sugar and chocolate don’t easily fit into that lifestyle.
We’re going to see ICE! at the Gaylord National tonight. Hopefully I’ll get some fun pictures of our experience. I hope we don’t get frostbite!