Cranberry Bliss Cookies

Cranberry Bliss Cookies |

These Cranberry Bliss Cookies are a fun spin on the popular seasonal bar from Starbucks! One of my favorites!

These cookies are pure holidays.

Not sure why…I mean, I eat cookies all year long.

Also cream cheese frosting. All. Year. Long.


And Craisins have found a permanent place on my salads, much to the chagrin of my children.

So yeah, all the components are regulars in my life-rotation.

But these cookies, and the bar that I modeled them after are decidedly holiday-ish.


Look, I don’t make the rules.


Let’s talk about the hows…

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First off, take a gander at those white chocolate chips up there.  They are mini.



You guys, I died.

Why aren’t mini white chips a thing?  I mean, mini chocolate chips are everywhere, all the time.

Anyhow, I went ahead and googled the nonsense of mini white chocolate chips and low and behold they sell them on amazon.


You guys so need these.

Also, chip makers of the world, please start selling these at the regular store.  Thanks.


Moving on.

Dried Cranberries, or Craisins…whatever you want to call them.  Chop them up.  Just a leetle bit.

Cranberry Bliss Cookies | www.cookiesandcups.comPut all that into you cookie dough and bake them up!

Also, the cookie dough that I used has cream cheese and butter base, which is a fantastic combo!

Cranberry Bliss Cookies |

While your cookies are cooling, make your frosting.

It’s a pretty simple white chocolate cream cheese frosting. Cranberry Bliss Cookies | www.cookiesandcups.comAnd spread it all over your cooled cookies.

Cranberry Bliss Cookies | www.cookiesandcups.comThen get to spranklin’ on some more Craisins.

Cranberry Bliss Cookies | www.cookiesandcups.comAnd if you’re feeling fancy, drizzle white chocolate all up on there.

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Cranberry Bliss Cookies


makes 36 cookies




  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries


  • 6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted


  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted


  1. In bowl of stand mixer cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth.
  2. Beat in brown sugar for 1-2 minutes until fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt and beat until evenly mixed. Turn mixer to low and add in flour.
  4. Stir in white chocolate chips and chopped cranberries. Chill dough for 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Drop dough on baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 9-11 minutes, until edges are golden and centers are just set.
  7. Transfer to wire rack to cool.


  1. Beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Finally mix in melted white chocolate, beating until incorporated.
  2. Spread frosting on top of cookies.


  1. To garnish, sprinkle remaining chopped dried cranberries on top of cookies, evenly distributing them among all the cookies. Finally, drizzle melted chocolate on top.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Dec 17, 2019 3:33 pm

These look so good! They are so tasty and festive!

Sep 4, 2015 3:07 pm

These cookies are gorgeous! But just a little too sweet for my taste

Oct 24, 2014 11:40 am

Made these cookies for a party and they are so pretty. Thank you for the recipe.

Sandra Jones
Dec 21, 2013 7:51 am

Thanks Shelly! I will try that. My Bliss bar recipe calls for a tsp of ground ginger and then 1/4 c. minced crystallized ginger (which I usually only use about a tablespoon since it has some real kick IMO), but I figured that would be too much for cookies.

Sandra Jones
Dec 20, 2013 5:29 pm

Shelly! First the Buck-eye brownies and now these…I think I love you! LOL I have a question though, the bliss bars I make have ginger in them and your cookies don’t. I think ginger (crystallized or ground) add so much to it. How much would you recommend I add to this cookie dough to make it over the top? Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!
Sandra in New Mexico

Dec 17, 2013 6:40 am

These are amazing! I love to bake, but I am a bake stuff and give it to other people kind of person (I know, I need to work on my issues) but I are ten of these. Today.

Dec 15, 2013 5:49 pm

Made today – they are great! I’m assuming that I need to store in the refrigerator?

Dec 10, 2013 11:25 am

You are a genius! Hope you are thinking about putting out a cookbook ’cause I am in! Made the Cranberry Bliss and Soft Gingerbread so far- so awesome- thank you!!

Dec 8, 2013 1:31 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe. They are awesome. I mad these yesterday for my cookie party. I won First place with these! I also made the soft gingerbread cookies, they were great too.

Dec 5, 2013 3:34 pm

Ohhh, yes! So making these!

Dec 5, 2013 3:24 pm

Confession? I’ve never had a cranberry bliss bar! I know!
I will go get one this year!

Dec 5, 2013 8:14 am

These are the PERFECT thing for a quick snack! And on top of that Cranberries?! I am dying to try them!!!! Do you have any tips for making cookies? Every time I try a new recipe they do not turn out very good… like they’re deformed and the cookies are a bit hard… The chocolate chips don’t melt either… it’s like they’re warm but not melted into the cookies. Thanks!


Dec 5, 2013 7:22 am

Christmas is just an excuse to go on cookie binges. It’s cool like that.

And pretty cookies! 🙂 Mine were perhaps a bit on the huge side so I think I’ll try something like this next time.

Hooray for white chocolate and cranberries! Good stuff.

And I want mini white chocolate chips! I’ll take any chocolate chips, though. I’m so tired of chopping chocolate. It takes like 43 minutes to make the NYT chocolate chip cookies because of all the chopping.

/rant 😉

Dec 4, 2013 9:18 pm

I cookie all year round also but somehow I crave them more at this time of year? I want a batch of these coming out of my oven!

Dec 4, 2013 6:20 pm

I adore these. White chocolate and cranberry are amazing together!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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