Cranberry and Pistachio Bars-Copy Cat Starbucks


I was browsing on Instagram and found this recipe for Cranberry Pistachio Bliss Bars which they say is similar to a Starbucks bar that is served. I had to make these since I love cranberries and always have tons on hand.

They are easy to make, I used my Kitchenmaid mixer with the paddle to cream the sugar and butter, then added the ingredients in the order given. These bars are a tiny bit salty-sweet depending on how many pistachios you use when garnishing the tops.

When it says chopped cranberries, I chopped them fine as when you go to cut through the bars large pieces hamper a clean cut.

For the icing and since I don’t like a super thick layer, I only made 1/2 the recipe for the icing, but you feel free to spread it on thick.

I love the addition of the pistachios, they give a different consistency and just the right texture flavor. I don’t think I have ever baked with them. 

Tip: Before you make these be sure to line a 13×9 pan with foil or parchment leaving an overhang to lift out once bars are cool.

Because you leave these bars in the pan to cool, they keep baking and I did and didn’t pay attention to these instructions on baking time, though they needed more time. I used a toothpick to check to make sure centers where a little on the dry side, wrong, should have taken them out when they were a little bit wet. I found the original recipe on “Cookies and Cups” and she has much better pictures than I do.  Don’t you love trying new recipes?

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6 Replies to “Cranberry and Pistachio Bars-Copy Cat Starbucks”

  1. These sound lovely Karren. We are nearing the time of year I add dried cranberries to everything so these bars would be perfect! 🙂 Thank you for sharing them with #BakingCrumbs 🙂

  2. I love the whole sweet and salty flavour combo too. These cranberry bars have so many good things in there! What a great treat for Christmas. I love the sound off the cream cheese icing too.Thank you so much for sharing with #BakingCrumbs

    1. I do to Jenny, I am just making these today, I love having them for a treat, after baking I put them in the fridge. And the cookie dough freezes well to bake up a fresh batch for when company stops by. Thank you for commenting. A pleasure to stop by!
      I hope you have a wonderful week!

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