I follow several blogs and this recipe is directly from one of those, All Day I Dream About Food. I love the flavor combination of cranberry and orange. It sounded amazing and I just had to try it. I will admit that I have never had the original Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, which I'm sure is terrific after tying this recipe. I'm also sure it is loaded with sugar and carbs. Whatever the reason, if it is merely to eat a little healthier during or after the holidays, give this recipe a try because it is awesome. The flavor of cranberry and orange are sublime and who doesn't like cream cheese frosting?
I altered the recipe just a bit because I didn't have time to make her sugarless dried cranberries. I used Crasins in a lesser quantity to help keep the carbs down. I also substituted in orange extract since I didn't have any oranges on hand for fresh zest. Even with my alterations these bars turned out amazing and I would encourage you to whip up a pan soon! While the post is a little late for your Christmas cookie tray, these would be a lovely addition, so bookmark it for next year!