This Better Than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread has all the bells and whistles of the original bars, but in an irresistible pound cake form. Skip the coffee shop and stay home and bake! ~

This Better Than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread has all the bells and whistles of the original bars, but in an irresistible pound cake form.  Skip the coffee shop and stay home and bake!

Cranberry Bliss Bread

I delight in everything about this season, and even though it’s a cliche, I still get a warm rush when Starbuck’s brings out the pumpkin lattes.  But I think everyone can agree that while their coffee is pretty fantastic, their baked stuff has taken a nosedive in recent years.  There was a time when I was happy to splurge on maple oat nut scones and pumpkin breads, but not anymore.   Now I grab my coffee solo, because I know I’ve got an even better treat waiting for me at home.

Better than tarbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bread

The base of this ‘bread’ is a rich buttery cake made with part whole wheat  flour and studded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.  The thick vanilla frosting is covered with more cranberries, and then the whole thing is drizzled with white chocolate.  It’s fun, festive, and way better than the dried out squares in the case.

Better than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread

Part of the appeal of the cranberry bliss franchise is that gorgeous top.  It just screams holiday!

Tip: White chocolate can be difficult to melt.  Adding a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate before melting can help.

Better than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, plus a handful more for scattering over the frosting
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • frosting
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • milk or cream to thin
  • drizzle
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut or vegetable oil


  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Whisk together the flours, soda, powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla.
  4. Gently mix in the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
  5. Fold in the cranberries and chocolate chips.
  6. Turn the batter into a greased standard (81/2 x 4 1/2) loaf pan. I like to line it with a sheet of parchment paper to make it easy to remove the cake after baking. Bake for 55 minutes to an hour until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it. Don't over bake, check it early. Let the cake cool before you frost it.
  7. To make the frosting mix the sugar with enough milk or cream to create a thick spreadable consistency.. Blend in the vanilla. Spread over the top of the cooled cake. Scatter with dried cranberries.
  8. Make the chocolate drizzle by melting the chocolate and the oil in a small (clean and dry!) microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir to melt. If necessary microwave for another few seconds, but be careful not to over do it.
  9. When the chocolate is smooth, take a spoon and drizzle it all over the top of the cake in a criss-cross pattern.

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37 Responses to Better than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread

  1. kavi says:

    yummy… i think it will be very tasty they have used cranberries & white chocolate chips those who love choclates they definetly love it cranberries it will be very tasty with this too combination

  2. nina says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us so that we can learn it easily :)

  3. Phyllis says:

    Have this in the oven right now .Cannot wait to taste it,looks yummy.

  4. Donna Elick says:

    Oh my heavens. This looks amazing. I am totally making this over the weekend. I can’t wait to try it.

  5. Diane says:

    This looks wonderful! This may be a dumb question, but are the cranberries just dried cranberries or are they SWEETENED dried cranberries? Thanks

    • Sue says:

      I believe I used standard sweetened dried cranberries, Diane, but I’m sure either would work. I think in general most dried cranberries are sweetened because the fruit is so tart.

  6. Allizon says:

    How much does this recipe yield?

  7. I just had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte today and can’t wait for the rest of the Autumn bakes to hit the shelves. I’ve never seen Cranberry Bliss Bars in the Starbucks here in the UK but after seeing this I’m dying to try your version. It certainly looks like bliss indeed!

    • Sue says:

      :) Thanks Laura – I haven’t had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte, I guess I better get with the program! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Jennifer says:

    These look really yummy! Have you ever tried making this in mini loaf pans to give as gifts? I’m thinking a full size pan might be too much. Think it would still work but maybe just cook for less time?

    • Karen says:

      I would love to make these in mini pans too. I’ve put other bread recipes in mini pans and I usually just check them around 25 minutes or so. I think this would work with this recipe.

  9. […] Better than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread […]

    • Gail says:

      I made this bread today and it has great flavor, however, all of my vanilla chips and cranberries sank to the bottom of the bread. When I tried to remove the loaf from the pan, the entire bottom stayed in the pan! Any idea what I did wrong or what I should do differently? I followed the recipe without any modifications.

      • Sue says:

        Hmm, my batter was pretty thick, and I didn’t have that problem, was your batter on the thin side? That could be a measurement problem. The whole wheat flour tends to make a thicker batter, too, so if you used all white flour, that could be it. Sometimes recipes say to mix the add-ins with the flour first, and that can help keep them suspended. Hope this helps!

  10. Ryann says:

    These look delicious! I’ve been looking for a recipe to make for Christmas gifts, definitely trying this recipe! Question, what size loaf pan did you use? Thanks!!

  11. Christina says:

    Wow! I am SO making this bread! I can almost taste it just by looking at it…cannot wait! Thanks for the recipe, Sue!

  12. I love Cranberry Bliss anything! I have pinned this for later. Thank you.

  13. Caroline says:

    Wow…this could not be more beautiful! I love that gorgeous top! I need a slice right now!

  14. Foodiewife says:

    I’ve had a starbucks gift card in my wallet, for months, that I haven’t used. Funny, but I rarely go there. So, I’ve never tried any of their baked goods. I’ve seen these bars, and have been tempted. Your version is gorgeous! I’d love to have this with my own coffee, from home!

  15. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, Just had a pumpkin latte today as a matter of fact, always signals fall. Love, love this cranberry bread. Looks gorgeous!

  16. The baked goods at Starbucks does look tempting but these looks so delicious!! Yum :)

  17. So gorgeous, love the drizzle and cranberry topping!

  18. This looks so good. I admit I’ve heard about the Starbucks version and I did use to love those maple scones, but this looks like way better. I mean, REALLY WAY BETTER!

  19. better? I totally see it and believe it! It looks and sounds 10 times better and that is one of my favorite breads from starbucks too!

  20. Amanda says:

    I love everything about this bread!

  21. I really have to bake this bread, it looks so yum. I always look at it when I go to Starbucks but I never tried it.

  22. Susan says:

    As much as I prefer unadorned sweet breads, this is so gorgeously delicious I would love to try it! You’re right, it does scream “Holiday”.

  23. Monique says:

    Hi Sue..I/ve made the bars but never the bread nor the cookies..everything everywhere looks terrific.. a few links don’t work but if you Google the name of the blog and the does..(Ex..Gimme some oven)..
    Thanks everyone!

  24. Thanks for the shoutout, Sue! That is so nice of you! :)

    Wow, your bread. Just wow. I totally want this! I’ve made Cran Bliss Bars, and Cookies, and was just yesterday on a long run thinking well what else could I do with that…and voila, bread! But now I won’t make it because you beat me to it, but seriously, looks amazing!

  25. Festive indeed! I’m loving this thick white chocolate topping. YUM!

  26. These look stunning! And these are my sister’s favorite. I’m debating between sharing the recipe with her or making them for her and then winning best sister of the year award!! And yes – I completely agree with the Starbucks nosedive. They went with La Boulange and now the morsels look like pre-formed options that are high in calories and fat -with little character. The seasonal cookies are super cute, but I still never buy them. Ok – Starbucks rant over (until it comes up in conversation again)!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

  27. Catherine says:

    Dear Sue, I agree; the baked goods at Starbucks is expensive and really not all that much to write home about.
    Homemade is the best and so much easier on the wallet.
    This looks absolutely delicious!!! Blessings dear. Catherine

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