I LOVE these bars, but you can only get them once a year at the holidays so a copy cat recipe was a necessity! Not to mention Starbucks charges almost as much for one bar as I can make a WHOLE batch. These taste just like Starbucks in my opinion!

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 1/2 cups PACKED brown sugar
2 LARGE eggs
1 teaspoon PURE orange extract
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch QUALITY cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup Craisins, chopped

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper (which makes it easy to lift out of the pan) or spray generously with non-stick baking spray.
  • Add melted butter and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed.
  • Add in eggs, orange extract, vanilla extract beating until mixed well.
  • Add in ground ginger, baking powder, salt and flour, beating JUST until blended. DO NOT OVER MIX!
  • Fold in white chocolate chips and Craisins by hand.
  • Spread evenly into the bottom of prepared pan.
  • Bake 18-22 minutes until set and golden brown at the edges. DO NOT OVER BAKE or your bars will be hard as rocks.
  • Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
  • Allow bars to cool COMPLETELY before frosting.

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2-1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon PURE orange extract
1/2 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
1/3 cup Craisins, chopped SMALL
2 squares white chocolate almond bark, melted

  • Beat cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Add orange extract and vanilla extract mixing well. If too thin, add remaining powdered sugar.
  • Top cooled bars with frosting.
  • Sprinkle with chopped Craisins and drizzle the white chocolate almond bark over the top.
  • Cut into triangles or squares.  I recommend chilling them for at least an hour before serving and keeping them in an airtight container chilled to store.
  • Enjoy!


  • This recipe works as a gluten free bar really well. Swap out the all purpose flour for Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur Flour.
  • They freeze REALLY well! Be sure to thaw overnight before serving.

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