Gluten-Free Cranberry Bliss Bars (Dairy-Free Option)

Gluten-Free Cranberry Bliss Bars – a homemade version of the popular Starbucks treat! Cranberry white chocolate blondies, with a zesty orange cream cheese frosting, topped with extra cranberries and white chocolate drizzle!

gluten free cranberry bliss bar on plate

You’ll know the holiday season has officially begun once the cranberry bliss bars roll out. This popular dessert has been a fan favorite for years, and now you can make them gluten-free!

The combination of cranberry and orange is a match made in heaven. These bars are beautiful and very easy to make. Perfect for gifts and entertaining.

gluten free cranberry bliss bar segments

Ingredients in Cranberry Bliss Bars

These bars are simple and easy to make, just make sure to not overbake! 18-23 minutes is perfect timing to avoid hardened bars. 

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondie Bars

  • Unsalted Butter or Dairy-Free Butter: I’ve used both with great success.
  • Brown Sugar: This helps moisten and sweeten the bars.
  • Eggs: Binding agent.
  • Vanilla: For flavor.
  • Orange Zest: For flavor.
  • Gluten-Free Flour: Measure the flour (240g ) for best success.
  • Baking Soda: Just a pinch to help the bars to rise.
  • White Chocolate Chips: Guittard and Ghirardelli are my favorite brands. Nestle has a dairy-free version. 
  • Dried Cranberries: For texture and flavor.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream Cheese: The cream cheese holds both the flavor and texture of the frosting. There are multiple brands of dairy-free options!
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetener
  • White Chocolate: For flavor and to sweeten.
  • Orange Juice/Zest: For flavor.
  • Vanilla: Helps to sweeten.
  • Salt: Brings out more of the sweetness.

Topping

  • Extra Cranberries: This is what really dresses up the bars. They provide great texture and flavor.
  • White Chocolate Drizzle: Decoration and sweetness, also helps secure the cranberries.

Dairy-Free Version:

You can make these bars dairy-free by substituting a few other ingredients:

  • Butter: Vegan Baking Sticks such as Earth Balance is a great substitute.
  • White Chocolate: Nestle makes dairy-free white chocolate
  • Cream Cheese: Brands such as Kite Hill and Daiya make dairy-free cream cheese.

Egg-Free Version:

I have not attempted to make these bars egg-free, but here are some options that others have reported successful.

  • Egg Replacer and Water. Bob Red Mills has a Vegan Egg Replacer, which is a powdered mixture consisting of potato starch, tapioca, baking soda, and fiber. You will use 3 tablespoons of the powder with 6 tablespoons of water for this recipe.  You will also want to increase the flour to 2 cups, and substitute the baking soda for baking powder.


gluten free cranberry bliss bars stacked

How to Make Gluten-Free Cranberry Bliss Bars

Cranberry White Chocolate Bar Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease 9×13 inch square pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and the vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth.
  4. Slowly add in your dry ingredients: orange zest, salt, and gluten-free flour. Mix until well combined.
  5. Fold in the white chocolate chips and chopped cranberries.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Do not overbake or bars will be hard.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the bars to cool in the pan for 1 hour. Transfer to a cooling rack before frosting.

Frosting and Topping Directions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl add the cream cheese and beat on high for 2 minutes or until light, fluffy, and clump-free.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips for 30-second intervals, stirring in-between. Add the white chocolate to the mixing bowl, along with the orange juice, zest, and vanilla.
  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Continue to mix until well combined.
  4. Once the bars are completely cool, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the bars, then sprinkle extra cranberries over the top. Gently push down the cranberries to secure them on top of the bars.
  5. Melt 1/3 cup of white chocolate in the microwave, and then pour the chocolate in a zip lock bag or pastry bag, snipping off the end. Drizzle the chocolate over the top of the cranberries. Place the bars in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, remove the bars from the refrigerator, and cut them into triangles. Start by cutting down the middle of the bar vertically, to create two equal sides. Then vertically cut each side in half, creating 4 long pieces. Each piece can be horizontally cut into thirds, and then diagonally create triangles. This will create around 24 bars.
  7. Place the bars in the refrigerator overnight and serve the next day.
  8. Bars will store for 5 days.


gluten free cranberry bliss bar being eaten

Tips For The BEST Cranberry Bliss Bars

Follow these tips for the best results!

  • Do not overbake! You will want to watch these bars closely, as they tend to easily overbake and become hard. Remove the bars from the oven once they turn golden brown around the edges, and are cooked through the middle. Everyone’s oven is different, but I find these bars are ready around 18-23 minutes.
  • Store these bars overnight in the refrigerator before serving. After storing the bars in the refrigerator overnight, they will start to soften. I prefer to serve at least 24 hours after baking.
  • Bring all of the ingredients to room temperature: This will help make the bars set properly and the frosting lump-free.
  • How to store these bars: Once the bars are sliced, place them in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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Gluten-Free Cranberry Bliss Bars (Dairy-Free Option)

Recipe Author : Rebecca Taig
Gluten-Free Cranberry Bliss Bars - a homemade version of the popular Starbucks treat! Cranberry white chocolate blondies, with a zesty orange cream cheese frosting, topped with extra cranberries and white chocolate drizzle!
5 from 1 vote
Course Dessert
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Servings 24 people
Calories 293 kcal

Ingredients
  

White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

  • 1 cup dairy-free butter or unsalted butter room temperature
  • cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • cups gluten-free flour (240g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup melted white chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Topping

  • cups dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup melted white chocolate, drizzle

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease 9x13 inch square pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and the vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients: orange zest, salt, and gluten-free flour. Mix until well combined.
  • Fold in the white chocolate chips and chopped cranberries.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Do not overbake or bars will be hard.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow the bars to cool in the pan for 1 hour. Transfer to a cooling rack before frosting.

Frosting and Topping Directions

  • In a medium-sized bowl add the cream cheese and beat on high for 2 minutes or until light, fluffy, and clump-free.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips for 30-second intervals, stirring in-between. Add the white chocolate to the mixing bowl, along with the orange juice, zest, and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar. Continue to mix until well combined.
  • Once the bars are completely cool, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the bars, then sprinkle extra cranberries over the top. Gently push down the cranberries to secure them on top of the bars.
  • Melt 1/3 cup of white chocolate in the microwave, and then pour the chocolate in a zip lock bag or pastry bag, snipping off the end. Drizzle the chocolate over the top of the cranberries. Place the bars in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, remove the bars from the refrigerator, and cut them into triangles. Start by cutting down the middle of the bar vertically, to create two equal sides. Then vertically cut each side in half, creating 4 long pieces. Each piece can be horizontally cut into thirds, and then diagonally create triangles. This will create around 24 bars.
  • Place the bars in the refrigerator overnight and serve the next day. Bars will store for 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 163mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 102IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Christmas, gluten free, gluten free cranberry bliss bar
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