Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Valentines Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars, Soft Sugar Cookie Bars, Valentines Sugar Cookies, High Altitude Sugar Cookie Bars
 I just love looking at all the elaborately decorated sugar cookies this time of year.  The skill and practice that is required for such beautiful royal icing art amazes me.

For those of us who are barely beginners at all that (or just don't have enough time this year for something fancy), but still want to bake a pretty and delicious cookie for Valentines Day, I have this recipe for sweet and simple sugar cookie bars.  This is a fantastic bar cookie that's so soft and moist, and can be customized any way you like with mix-ins such as candy, chocolate chips, nuts, toffee, sprinkles...

The dough is easy to mix up, and then you press it into a pan for a very quick bake time.  When you want a sugar cookie, but don't want to spend all that time mixing, chilling, rolling and cutting dough (not to mention decorating the cookies afterwards), this is a great alternative, and one that the kids love.  They can even help decorate them, by pressing the candy into the top of the dough.

You might notice in the photos that the M&Ms cracked slightly while baking, and to avoid this, I might suggest pressing them into the top of the dough only during the last 4-5 minutes of bake time, although I'm not sure if they would stick as well, since by then the cookies will have already formed a crust on top.  You could also shower the top of the cookie dough with sparkling sugar or sprinkles before baking, or spread on your favorite buttercream after the bars have cooled.

These cookie bars are so incredibly soft, so buttery and just sweet enough.  The perfect simple but delicious cookie bar.





Sugar Cookie Bars, Soft Sugar Cookie Bars, Valentines Sugar Cookies, High Altitude Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars, Soft Sugar Cookie Bars, Valentines Sugar Cookies, High Altitude Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars, Soft Sugar Cookie Bars, Valentines Sugar Cookies, High Altitude Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars, Soft Sugar Cookie Bars, Valentines Sugar Cookies, High Altitude Sugar Cookie Bars




Valentines Sugar Cookie Bars
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  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • candy, chocolate chips, toffee, chopped nuts, etc
Preheat the oven to 375.  Line a 9x13 pan tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil, and spray the foil with non-stick baking spray.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes, just until well combined.  Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix on low for 1 minute; the dough will look lumpy at this point, but you don't need to beat the eggs in aggressively.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add to the mixing bowl, and mix on low just to combine into a smooth dough.  Use a spatula if you need to scrape up any floury bits and mix them into the dough.  If you're mixing in candy or chocolate, fold them in now with a spatula.

Pile the dough into the greased pan.  Grease your hands with non-stick spray and spread the dough out into an even layer all the way to the edges.  Sprinkle the top with candy, sprinkles, sparkling sugar, etc, or whatever you'd like.  Or, keep the top plain, and add some frosting after they've cooled.

Bake the cookie bars on the middle rack in the oven for exactly 13 minutes.  Do not overbake!!!  They will appear to be barely set, and will not be browned.

Set the pan on a wire rack and cool completely (or even overnight - these are easy to whip up before you go to bed so that they're ready to cut the next morning).

Lift the foil out of the pan, and set on a cutting board.  Carefully peel the foil off the bars, and then cut the bars into squares.

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

Yields about 15-18 bars

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