♫ On The First Day of Christmas ♫

♫ The Robin's Nest gave to me... ♫Some Starbuuuuucks Recipeees ♫

Mock Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

· For Cake Base:
· 2 sticks butter -- softened
· 1 and 1/4 cups brown sugar-- packed
· 3 large eggs
· 1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla (If you want use orange extract instead of vanilla)
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 1 and 1/2 cups flour
· 1/4 cup minced dried cranberries (Craisins)
· 1/4 cup Lindt or other quality white chocolate -- coarsely chopped
· 1/4 cup minced candied ginger
· For Frosting:
· 4 ounce cream cheese -- softened
· 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
· 2 Tablespoons butter -- softened
· 1 teaspoon vanilla
· For Garnish:
· 2 Tablespoons minced dried cranberries
· 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (e.g. Ghiradelli or Guittard) -- melted
Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9x13 pan. Beat butter and sugar together for the cake base, and add eggs/vanilla beating until fluffy. Sift together flour, ginger, and salt and then add to the butter/sugar mixture beating well. Fold in the cranberries, chocolate and ginger. Spread thick batter in pan and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden.

When cake is cooled, mix all frosting ingredients together and spread a thin layer over the cake. Immediately sprinkle with the minced cranberries. Then use a cake decorating bag of melted white chocolate with a tiny decorating tip (like the size used for writing on cakes) and drizzle the white chocolate over the cake.Cut this into bars immediately because the white chocolate hardens pretty fast and makes cake cutting messy.

Mock Starbucks Holiday Gingerbread

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon orange extract, optional
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup applesauce
8 oz. cream cheese
2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Dissolve baking soda into applesauce and mix into creamed butter. Add flour mixture. Mix until smooth. Pour batter into a loaf pan.Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out just slightly sticky. Do not over bake.

Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioner's sugar. Frost cake when it is completely cooled. Decorate with chopped candied orange peel or candied ginger. ****


(24 days till Christmas)


  1. Seems like a lot of ingredients, but they sure look yummy!!!!!!

  2. Oh my goodness...this looks delicious!! What a sweetie for sharing these recipes.
    And the vintage images below are so wonderful!!!
    Take care,

  3. You are so creative, my dear sister! WOW! You know I am going to make these yummy treats.:) Thank you so much for sharing AND getting me in the mood for Christmas. I still have my pumpkins out- ACK! Lori

  4. yummy! i must make that first one..loL!

  5. OK, Robin...I think I just gained a good 5 lbs!:)

  6. Fabulous
    Love and blessings

  7. Those will be great for my party! Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. OH my I may make some of those today...looks so yummy!
    sandy toe

  9. Well thanks a lot sweet friend! More ways to pack on the pounds! LOL Each one sound so yummy! Which to try first?? eeny meeny miney moe!!

  10. Hi Robin
    They both look so delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I must try the gingerbread one.

  11. Oh YUM...those recipes sound delicious!!!

    Hope you are having a wonderful day.♥

  12. Yummy cake... Okay, so I confess that I'm not a coffee drinker, but I still just love me some starbucks!

  13. Yummy, yummy......I think I will try the top receipe for my 'sister friends'..........I really got a kick out of your bottom photo. How cute. Happy holidays to you!

  14. These sound and I bet smell Heavenly for this Heavenly month! Thanks for sharing:)

  15. Looks and sounds yummy! I am still a little 'stuffed' from last week.

  16. I have been like a madwoman making gingerbread since having it at Starbuck's a couple years ago. I tried bribing them for the recipe, didn't work. Thanks for sharing this one! Can't wait to try it out!

  17. oh my goodness! oh my goodness! oh my goodness!!! The cranberry bars are my sisters FAVORITE thing! Thank you so much for sharing that recipe!!!!!!!! Talk about loving your little sis FOREVER?!?!?!?! :D

  18. OMG!! The cranberry bliss bars are my absolute favorite holiday treats at Starbucks!!! I'm definitely writing this one down! Thanks for sharing!


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