Cranberry Bliss Rice Krispie Treats

Love Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks? Then you’ll love Cranberry Bliss Rice Krispie Treats. All the same flavors but with a great crunch!

Cranberry Bliss Rice Krispie Treats

I’ll be perfectly honest. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a Cranberry Bliss Bar at Starbucks. I know…crazy right? It’s not that I’m not tempted by the description and their combining of cranberries with a white chocolate bar that’s topped with a white chocolate glaze and cranberries; no, it sounds divine. So divine I decided to make my own take and bring those flavors to these Cranberry Bliss Rice Krispie Treats.

I do have a problem. I blame single parenthood…even though my girls are grown and gone, I simply cannot pay Starbucks $3-4 for a small treat when I’ve always got something at home to satisfy my sweet tooth. Color me cheap if you must; I prefer saying I’m frugal!

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But that doesn’t mean they didn’t come to mind when I had one of my famous (or maybe infamous) pantry inspirations. I had used dried cranberries in a salad the other day; I popped them down on the counter with other things that I had picked up at the market that needed to be stored in the pantry and voila…it happened.

It was as if it was destiny when the cranberries ended up next to a bag of white chocolate chips and marshmallows, don’t you think?

As a rule I love making pretty desserts; for me it’s fun to spend half a day making a beautiful creation to wow friends and family. But I have this thing for Rice Krispie Treats. I just love them. So I fiddle with them a lot. Some work, some don’t but these Cranberry Bliss Rice Krispie Treats were a huge success.

I’ve recreated a fantastic dessert with Chocolate and Salted Caramel from my hometown that’s actually sold on a stick there, I’ve gone the S’Mores route and I make a peanut butter and chocolate version that makes a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup seem mundane (I’ll list them all below before the recipe). So this would surprise no one who knows me that I’ve done it again and I must say, I’ve done good!

Cranberry Bliss Rice Krispie Treats

These are amazing. The requisite chewy, crispy elements we expect combined with the sweet smoothness of white chocolate and the tart sweetness of cranberries (say that three times, fast). I typically trim off the outer edges so that photos are of bars with equally sharp edges.

Yesterday I’m certain I trimmed the edges…and then trimmed them again so I could have some more. I’m saving these for a party I’m having Friday night so of course I can’t eat a whole bar; I need them for guests. BUT…I can trim a lot. 🙂

I’m betting once you try these your Starbucks habit will disappear and you’ll be making them at home too. I won’t tell your family if the edges get trimmed a lot…just enjoy!

As promised; here’s a bunch more of my Rice Krispie Treat creations…I love them ALL!

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Cranberry Bliss Rice Krispie Treats

Cranberry Bliss Rice Krispie Treats

A knockoff of the Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks but with Rice Krispie Treats; only better!
5 average from less than 50 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 373 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Rice Krispie Treats

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 10 ounces marshmallows about 40
  • 6 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

For the Topping

  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons milk or half and half
  • ½ cup dried cranberries chopped

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9X13″ pan with butter or vegetable spray.
  • Melt together the butter, chocolate chips and marshmallows in a large pan over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Once all the ingredients have melted, add the Rice Krispies and dried cranberries. Let cool.
  • Melt the white chocolate chip and milk over low heat until smooth and spread over the bars. Top with the chopped cranberries.
  • Cool and cut into bars for servings.

Notes

Cutting dry cranberries can be a pain; they’re a lot like dates and can just stick to your knife and each other. So I add some granulated sugar to them on the cutting board which makes it so much easier. Keep rotating them in the sugar as you cut and sticking will be minimum.
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Bliss Rice Krispie Treats
Serving Size
 
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
373
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Cholesterol
 
17
mg
6
%
Sodium
 
138
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
54
g
18
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Calories
373
Keyword cranberry bliss, Rice Krispie Treats
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8 Comments

    1. I made them for a party last night; especially for my friend who has to avoid gluten. She admitted later that she might have had 4 or 5 of them…to me that’s success so I hope you enjoy them too!

  1. Sigh. So YOU get to try your cocktail tonight, but we don’t? 😀 I’ll be patient and wait. 🙂 And these goodies will definitely keep me occupied while I wait — lovely flavor combo. Good stuff — thanks.

    1. I’m not sure I’ve ever bailed on a promise but I was so exhausted today I bailed on everything. But do not fear…if not tomorrow than Monday; this one is too good to miss and I have another for Christmas Eve so…gotta get it done stat!

  2. Hi Barb, seems like your instructions and ingredients are missing. Might need to update it, however, from the looks of it, seems like something both Madison and I would enjoy eating.

  3. So what’s the secret to actually seeing the recipe? I see “Ingredients” with gibberish below that and “Directions” with nothing below. Are we supposed to guess?

    1. That was my secret code! Or my big mistake? Not sure exactly what happened to just display that text but it’s fixed now; thanks for the heads up!

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