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Sugar Cookie Bars Small-Batch Recipe


If the proper dessert exists, it is right here on this 8-inch pan of sugar cookie bars! A thick sugar cookie crust topped with cream cheese frosting and adorned with Valentine’s Day hearts is the simplest, most memorable dessert. You possibly can change out the guts decorations for any vacation, too!

Small batch cookies: sugar cookie bars in a 8x8 pan.

What would you do in the event you had been in a grocery retailer and overheard a girl asking the place the cream cheese is, and as she picked up a bathtub of whipped cream cheese, she then defined that she was planning on making a cheesecake?

Would you chime in to say that whipped cream cheese is not one of the best for making a cheesecake? Would you circle the shop when you tried to determine what to do? Am I the one bizarre one who’s upset by this?

I perceive why she finds it confusing–it’s extra widespread to see a bathtub of whipped cream cheese. It is within the fridge at work, and it is what you see on the bagel store. It isn’t interchangeable, nevertheless! Please do not make my oreo cheesecake cupcakes with whipped cream cheese!

I’ve puzzled how her cheesecake turned out quite a lot of instances over the previous few days, and determined the one method I may apologize to her was to make her a dessert that used whipped cream cheese, like these sugar cookie bars with whipped cream cheese frosting.

There is a tremendous small likelihood she reads this web site, proper? I simply hope she is not so discouraged by her cheesecake flop that she offers up baking altogether. My want is that she one way or the other is aware of there’s hope left for her baking expertise.

First, we will pack sugar cookie dough in a single layer in a 8-inch sq. pan. This could be a metallic, ceramic or glass pan. After the dough bakes, we will let it cool and prime it with an ethereal whipped cream frosting. The Valentine’s Day coronary heart candies on prime are good for this time of 12 months, however I’ve additionally used purple and inexperienced M&Ms to make my Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars. Sure, it is the identical recipe!

The components are tremendous easy, and I wager you have already got them in your pantry and fridge!

The Components

  • Butter. The bottom of each good sugar cookie is high-quality unsalted butter. I wish to bake with European-style butter as a result of it has a barely increased fats share, however any stick of butter will work right here. We want one stick for the sugar cookie bar base and one other half-stick for the frosting.
  • Sugar. One-half cup of white granulated sugar.
  • Egg. One giant egg. Do not you’re keen on when my small batch desserts use the complete egg?
  • Vanilla. The flavour of vanilla actually shines in sugar cookie bars, so use actual vanilla extract, Bourbon vanilla is my favourite.
  • Flour. One and three-quarter cup all-purpose flour that you just fluff, spoon into the measuring cup and stage off with a knife.
  • Baking Powder. One-half teaspoon of baking powder to assist them rise within the oven.
  • Salt. A small quantity of salt is essential right here to stability the tremendous candy cookie base and tremendous candy whipped cream cheese frosting.
  • Whipped Cream Cheese. Sure, we’re baking with whipped cream cheese, despite the fact that I stated it is very uncommon to bake with this product. It is good on this clean, creamy cream cheese frosting.
  • Powdered Sugar. For frivolously sweetening the frosting. Do not forget any sort of sprinkles or sweet decorations that you just wish to add on prime.
Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Directions

Sugar Cookie Bars for Valentine's Day dessert for two
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350-degrees F, and lining an 8-inch sq. pan with parchment paper in each instructions.
  2. Within the bowl of a stand mixer (you can even use an everyday hand mixer right here), add the one stick of softened butter, and beat on medium velocity till creamy, about 30 seconds.
  3. Proceed to beat whereas streaming in ¾ cup of granulated sugar. Beat till fluffy, about 1 minutes.
  4. Subsequent, add the egg and vanilla, and beat simply to mix.
  5. Flip the mixer off, and evenly sprinkle the flour, baking powder and salt on prime of the batter.
  6. Flip the mixer again on low, and beat simply to include the dry components. Don’t over-mix.
  7. Scoop the batter into the baking pan, and use your fingers to press it right into a flat even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, or till a toothpick comes out principally clear with just a few crumbs. You will need to let the sugar cookie bars cool utterly earlier than frosting them, or the frosting will soften and slide proper off!
  8. Lastly, make the frosting as soon as the bars are cool: Beat collectively the softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl with a hand mixer for 1 minute, till fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat to mix. Flip the mixer to low and add the powdered sugar one-half cup at a time whereas persevering with to combine. If it appears to thick, you may add a splash of milk.
  9. Frost the bars, enhance with sweet sprinkles and serve.
Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars with Frosting.
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What to do when sugar cookie dough is just too crumbly?

When sugar cookie dough is just too crumbly, it is most likely as a result of your butter wasn’t mushy sufficient. The easiest way to repair that is add a really small splash of milk (1-2 teaspoons) and stir it into the dough. You can too collect the dough in your palms and use the warmth of your palms to soften the butter gently and assistance is maintain collectively.

Are you able to freeze sugar cookie bars?

Sure, you may freeze these bars, however I like to recommend freezing them with out the frosting. Make the frosting simply earlier than serving, as a result of the whipped cream cheese will separate as soon as frozen and defrosted.

Valentine’s Day 2017 additionally occurs to be the official launch date of my subsequent cookbook: Candy and Easy: Desserts for Two! We’ve got a whole lot of issues deliberate within the subsequent few weeks, so prepare!

Yield: 9 bars

Sugar Cookie Bars

Small batch cookies: sugar cookie bars in a 8x8 pan.

Finest ever sugar cookie bars with whipped cream cheese frosting. For that woman on the grocery store.

Prep Time
20 minutes

Prepare dinner Time
20 minutes

Whole Time
40 minutes

Components

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 giant egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ounces whipped cream cheese (about ½ cup)
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • sweet hearts or sprinkles, for adorning

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350, and line a 8×8″ pan one-way with parchment paper.
  2. Within the bowl of a mini stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, make the cookies: add the softened butter and beat on medium-high velocity for about 30 seconds, to fluff it up. Slowly pour within the granulated sugar whereas persevering with to beat.
  3. Subsequent, add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat to mix.
  4. Flip off the stand mixer, and sprinkle the flour, baking powder and salt evenly on prime.
  5. Flip the mixer again on LOW and beat to include the dry components.
  6. Scoop the batter into the baking pan, and press it flat together with your fingers.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted comes out principally clear with just a few crumbs. Let cool utterly.
  8. In a clear mini stand mixer bowl, make the frosting: beat collectively the softened butter and cream cheese for 1 minute, till fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat to mix.
  9. Flip the mixer to low and add the powdered sugar one-half cup at a time whereas persevering with to combine.
  10. Add a splash of milk in the event you assume it must be thinner.
  11. Unfold the frosting over the cooled cookie, enhance with sweet, after which slice to serve.

Notes

Butter: The bottom of each good sugar cookie is high-quality unsalted butter. I wish to bake with European-style butter as a result of it has a barely increased fats share, however any stick of butter will work right here. We want one stick for the sugar cookie bar base and one other half-stick for the frosting.
Salt: A small quantity of salt is essential right here to stability the tremendous candy base.
Whipped Cream Cheese: Sure, we’re baking with whipped cream cheese, despite the fact that I stated it is very uncommon to bake with this product. It is good on this clean, creamy cream cheese frosting.

Storage: These bars should be refrigerated due to the cream cheese within the frosting. They preserve within the fridge for as much as 5 days. They may also be frozen (with out frosting) for as much as 3 months. Defrost within the fridge, make the frosting and serve.

Vitamin Info:

Yield:

9

Serving Dimension:

1

Quantity Per Serving:

Energy: 431Whole Fats: 20gSaturated Fats: 12gTrans Fats: 0gUnsaturated Fats: 7gLdl cholesterol: 71mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 4g


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