Cranberry Orange Bliss Bars and a GIVEAWAY!

Cranberry Orange Bliss Bars and a GIVEAWAY!

Oh, baby. Do I have a fabulous confection to share with you today! These bars are chewy and loaded with white chocolate and dried cranberries. The frosting has a fabulous white chocolate and orange flavor that is out of this world. Seriously, these bars are dangerous business. Make at your own risk, truly! They would be awesome to take to any holiday party this season.

I found this recipe for Cranberry Orange Bliss Bars in my good friend Laura’s new cookbook…


Christmas Desserts! This little book is full of beautiful, holiday themed desserts. Laura’s recipes are always easy to make, and delicious. You can buy this book at Amazon for $4.99! Isn’t that a great deal? It would make a fun stocking stuffer. I have  two books available to giveaway to two luck readers. To enter the giveaway just leave me a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas Dessert. It can be homemade, or something you love to buy during the season. The giveaway will be open from today until Thursday November 13th at midnight. Winner will be announced on Friday November 14th, bright and early with the sunshine.

You can visit Laura’s food blog, Real Mom Kitchen by clicking here.

Cranberry Orange Bliss Bars from Jamie Cooks It Up!

Cranberry Orange Bliss Bars

Time: 20 min. prep + 25 min. baking + time to cool
Yield: 16 bars
Recipe from Christmas Desserts by Laura Powell

3/4 C butter, softened
1 1/4 C brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 C white chocolate chips

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 Tb butter, softened
2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange zest
2 Tb orange juice

2 Tb dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 C white chocolate, melted



1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Into your stand mixer or large mixing bowl place 3/4 C butter and 1 1/4 C brown sugar.


3. Mix them until well combined.


4. Add 3 eggs, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix until the mixture is nice and smooth.


5. Into a small bowl place 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 1/2 cups flour. Toss them together to combine.


6. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture and mix until well combined. Should take a couple of minutes.


7. Chop 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and add them to the bowl. Add 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips as well and mix to combine.


8. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and place the dough inside.


Spread it out evenly with a knife.


9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
10. Allow the bars to cool completely.


11. To make the frosting, zest a beautiful orange. You will need 1/2 tsp of zest.


12. Into a medium sized mixing bowl place 4 ounces cream cheese, 2 Tb butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp orange zest and 2 Tb juice from the orange. Mix it well, until it’s smooth and glossy.


13. Spread the frosting over the top of the cooled bars. Sprinkle the top with 2 Tb chopped dried cranberries.


14. Pour 1/4 C white chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and heat it in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one. You want to make sure the chocolate doesn’t get too hot. It will start to clump up on you if it’s heated to fast.


15. Drizzle the white chocolate over the top of the bars.


16. Let them chill out in the fridge until the chocolate is set and the frosting has firmed up a bit.

Slice and enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Bliss Bars from Jamie Cooks It Up!!

Post a comment!


  1. 1
    November 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Christmas isn’t Christmas unless I make my mom’s Pecan Tassies. Little bite sized pecan pies that melt in your mouth. YUM!

  2. 2
    November 11, 2014 at 10:01 am

    We have two family favorites that are “must haves”.
    Russian Teacakes and Merry Christmas Cookies. Can’t wait to make some. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes. Love, Love your site!

  3. 3
    November 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I always enjoy home made egg nog ice cream!

  4. 4
    Melissa DuBois
    November 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    My husband never lets the holidays go by withou me having to make him a batch of creme de menthe brownies.

  5. 5
    Melissa DuBois
    November 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    My husband never lets the holidays go by without me having to make him a batch of creme de menthe brownies.

  6. 6
    November 12, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Creme brulee… it’s a holiday must!

  7. 7
    November 13, 2014 at 5:45 am

    My dad makes the world’s best peanut brittle. It wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

  8. 8
    November 13, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Must have thumbprint cookies!

  9. 9
    Lisa Patrick
    November 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

    My favourite has got to be pecan pie. Simple and easy to make, this pie always reminds me of Christmases past when my mum would make it. I couldn’t wait! I could wait for the fruitcake.

  10. 10
    Michelle L.
    November 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Homemade sugar cookies…with lots of frosting. 🙂

  11. 11
    November 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Homemade divinity with pecans in it is truly divine and a true Christmas treat.

  12. 12
    Karen J Pinion
    November 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

    My family loves Smucker’s caramel pecan pie. Easy, quick and fantastic !

  13. 13
    November 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    We make nut rolls that are amazing and little Italian cookies. Both are family favorites!

  14. 14
    November 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I love toffee.

  15. 15
    November 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Pumpkin Pie!

  16. 16
    Ashley C
    November 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    We make homemade donuts every Christmas season. Oh.My.Yum!

    • 17
      Lisa Patrick
      November 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      My family m

  17. 18
    Denise R.
    November 13, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I love homemade caramels!

  18. 19
    Debbie Dunlap
    November 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Those labor-intensive peppernuts are a requirement with our family.

  19. 20
    Alissa Chambers
    November 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Pumpkin rolls and pizzelle’s!

  20. 21
    Shauna Burton
    November 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Pumpkin roll!

  21. 22
    Edna Busto
    November 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Peanut butter cookies with a hershey kiss on top! mom made them so good!

  22. 23
    Jamie Gray
    November 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    We always made homemade sugar cookies and frosting as kids and I continue the tradition today with my son. It just isn’t Christmas without decorating Christmas tree and Santa cookies!

  23. 24
    November 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm


  24. 25
    November 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Favorite dessert for Christmas is Edward’s Key Lime Pie

  25. 26
    D.A. Fox
    November 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I have not posted here before, although I love to read your blog and try out your recipes! I thought with the give away it would be a fun time to say thanks for a great and interesting blog! My favorite Christmas dessert is Mrs. Parker’s Fruitcake Cookies. They may not be called this, but when I was a little girl Mrs. Parker made them and gave me her recipe… hence Mrs. Parker’s Fruitcake cookies. I don’t really like fruitcake, but I love these cookies made with condensed milk, candied cherries and pineapple, dates, coconut and pecans, with just a little flour to hold it all together. Mmmm!

  26. 27
    Lin Hyde
    November 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I keep thinking of “favorites” like Yeary family Christmas Cookies (an anise flavored rolled out cookie) Raspberry Ribbons, and snowballs. The real key though is baking with family. The memories are what makes them special, making them with my mother and grandmother in the past and with my sisters, our children and even the friends they invite to join us because it is special to them and they want others to share the experience.

  27. 28
    CJ Vierow
    November 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    We always like Mexican Wedding Cookies, Pecan Pie Squares, and some type of shortbread. These cranberry orange bliss bars sound really good, so maybe we’ll switch up and try them! Thanks for all your great recipes.

  28. 29
    November 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Love your recipes … delightful!
    My husband likes fruitcake … not the “real” fruitcakes … just lots of raisins and nuts … mostly NUTS! (Boiled raisin cake … using my mother’s recipe.)

  29. 30
    Ann Moore
    November 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Always always make my “Mom’s Famous Fudge”. It’s the best to eat and to make-taking turns stirring and then licking out the pan!

  30. 31
    Lisa Kros
    November 14, 2014 at 4:44 am


  31. 34
    November 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

    My family loves to eat my great grandpa’s peanut brittle in the holiday season.

  32. 35
    November 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Sugar cookies for the kids to decorate and my moms fudge! Yum. 🙂

  33. 36
    November 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    My mom makes something called “clouds” chocolate and cool whip rolled in nilla wafers. It’s not Christmas without these lovelies!

  34. 37
    Jennifer C
    November 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I love cinnamon almonds!!!

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