Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to make Holiday Bliss Cookies, inspired by Starbucks Bliss Bar from Cleo Coyle

Holiday Bliss (A week before Holiday Buzz)

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Yes, one week from today is the official publication date for Holiday Buzz, the new book in my Coffeehouse Mystery series.

Today I'm kicking off an entire month of holiday recipes and contests. To wit: At the end of this post, I have two links where you can enter to win an autographed copy of my new book (one from a former police officer and loyal follower of this blog). Stay tuned and keep checking my online coffeehouse for more fun giveaways and recipes.

And speaking of recipes...

I'm happy to confirm that today's holiday recipe was inspired by the famous Cranberry Bliss Bar at Starbucks, a blondie bar with dried cranberries, cream cheese icing, and white chocolate drizzle.

The Starbucks Bliss Bar is a gorgeous pastry for the holiday season, but it's not the only inspiration for this post. Last year, I found out exactly how good cranberry and cream cheese are together when I combined them for my post on what to do with leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving dinner. 

If you missed my "Baby Berry Pastries" post, you can download an illustrated PDF of the recipe by clicking here.

Cleo's Baby Berry Pastries
made from leftover cranberry sauce.
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So getting back to those Holiday Bliss Cookies...

If you do still have some cranberry sauce leftover from Thanksgiving dinner, this is an outstanding use for it. And if you don't, well, make some more. You'll be glad you did.

Cleo Coyle’s 
Holiday Bliss Cookies
with "Pink Chocolate" Icing

The cranberry sauce in this recipe is not overpowering. It simply gives the cookie a light, fruity taste. Still, if you're not a fan of cranberry sauce, you can easily replace it with cherry preserves--or strawberry or raspberry preserves. The cookie is a very pretty one to include on holiday dessert trays. Presentation tip: Even if you swap out cranberries for cherry or strawberry preserves, use loose, whole cranberries as a decorative accent (as I did in my photos) to make your cookies really shine. May you bake and eat them with joy!

~ Cleo

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  1. Congratulations on Holiday Buzz. I loved it. I won't mention anything here to spoil it. I will say it is one of the best. Clare out does herself in this one.

    We have tried the home made Twinkies and they were a hit. We will have to try the Holiday Bliss cookies. We do have some cranberries left why not use them.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Babs Book Bistro

  2. These are gorgeous Cleo--I think I will try them with raspberry...

    Can't wait for the new book!!!! xo

  3. These cookies look amazing! Thanks for the link to my blog-here's hoping for lots of new comments for me and lots of new readers for you!

  4. Yet another post filled with stunning photos, great recipes and a contest or two, to boot!!

    As a lucky ARC owner I can say that I am so Buzz'ed by Holiday Buzz! Can't want to share it with my friends and family as terrific Christmas gifts. Now if only I could eat dairy...

  5. What pretty cookies! Lovely for the season. I love when someone figures out a good recipe for a place like Starbuck's. Thanks for the share.

    And Holiday Buzz will keep us all buzzing, right? Have fun with the launch.


    Daryl aka Avery

  6. Avery, Nanc, Katreader, Lucy, and Babs - Thank you so much for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments. I'm working the downloadable PDF now and should have it up shortly. Then I'll come back to reply with more...

    To quote the Terminatore: "I'll be back..." :)

    ~ Cleo
    Coffeehouse Mystery.com
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  7. Beautiful cookies, Cleo. The only problem is that I love cranberries so much that I never have leftovers! Maybe I'll put some aside the next time I make them -- and try not to eat them before I have a chance to make the frosting!

    ~ Krista

    1. Thanks, Krista, and I'm glad to hear you're also a lover of that pretty little red berry. For me, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it. (BTW - If I were able to enter your cookie contest, I'd be sending you this one!)

      ~ Cleo
      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
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