Gluten-Free Holiday Bliss Cookie Bars

Contributed By: Parker


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups gluten-free flour blend (such as Namaste Perfect Flour Blend™)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 (8 ounce) package white chocolate chips
¾ cup shredded coconut
1 (16 ounce) container cream cheese frosting
½ cup chopped dried cranberries, or to taste


Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch pan.
Step 2 Beat butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth.
Step 3 Stir flour, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum together in a separate bowl. Stir 1/2 of the flour mixture into the egg mixture; mix well. Stir in remaining flour mixture, along with white chocolate chips and coconut. Mix well. Press into the prepared pan.
Step 4 Bake in the preheated oven until the edges start to brown, about 23 minutes. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Step 5 Frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with cranberry bits. Cut into 48 triangles.

Helpful Hints:

Using a basic cookie recipe, I revised it to be gluten-free and instead of the soft cake-like texture that Starbucks® Cranberry Bliss Bars have, these have a chewy, cookie-like texture. Also, I reduced the sugar so they're not quite so sweet.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Additional Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 48
Yield: 48 cookie bars
Cook's Note:
You can bake these as individual cookies. Bake until golden on the edges, about 12 minutes.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
165 Calories
9g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein

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