Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars

During October I had many requests for my Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars. I decided to Christmas them up a bit, and include them in my holiday baking.

Sugar Cookie Bars
Recipe adapted from Cookies & Cups

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons flavoring (I used Princess Cake & Cookie Emulsion by LorAnn Oils* - this stuff is amazing! but you could use almond, vanilla, lemon, whatever floats your boat.)
5 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt, I used Kosher
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
red and green food coloring (or whatever colors suit your needs) - (I used AmeriColor Red & Green*)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line a 9"x13" baking dish with foil, and spray light with cooking spray. Set aside.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together.  (I did all the mixing in my stand mixer, but you could do it by hand with a lot of elbow grease.)
4. Add eggs and flavoring. Mix until combined.
5. Add flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix until combined.
6. Divide the batter in half and color half green and half red.
7. Spread the green layer in the prepared pan.
8. Layer the red dough on top of the green dough. I found this was easier when I took small sections the red dough and flattened it in my hand and pieced it together in the pan until all the green is covered.
9. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Until very slightly browned on the top.
10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Frosting - You probably won't need this entire amount of icing.

1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup butter flavored vegetable shortening
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla (DIY Vanilla Extract)
white food coloring if you want a true white color - I like AmeriColor Soft White Paste*

1. Beat the butter and shortening together until smooth.
2. Slowly beat in the powered sugar, vanilla, and milk.
3. Beat on medium until fluffy and smooth.
4. Using the foil, remove the bars from the pan.
5. Spread the frosting on the cooled bars.
6. Cut into bars.

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