Sugar Cookie Bars for St Patty’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Hope everyone is enjoying the day and staying safe!

I wasn’t going to bake anything for St Patty’s day this year. But then I remembered these shamrock sprinkles. Our small grocery store always has the huge tubs of sprinkles on clearance after holidays. The tub holds probably 4 cups of sprinkles. I’ll never in a million years go through 4 cups of sprinkles, but with a price tag of $1, I had to get them last year after St Patty’s Day. (I also bought a tub of hot pink ones after Valentine’s Day this year for $1).

Since it was about 9:30 last night when I decided to make something, I wanted a simple recipe that I knew would be delicious. I instantly remembered these bars from last year. They were quite the craze for a while. They showed up in a variety of blogs all across the internet.

I made a 1/2 batch this year in a 9×13 pan (recipe below is for a full batch). They were just as good as I remember. If you didn’t make these last year, definitely make them soon! By the way, I don’t think I’ve ever posted the same recipe twice on my blog until now. But these are seriously so easy and delicious. I’ve probably made them 4 times in the last year which is definitely saying a lot since I rarely make a recipe more than once.

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Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: ~60 bars

Ingredients:

For the Bars
1 cup butter; room temp.
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda

For the Frosting
1/2 cup butter at room temp
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
food coloring (optional)

Directions:

For the Bars
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla & mix well.

In a separate bowl combine flour, salt & soda & stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined.

Spread on a greased baking sheet.

Bake for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and frost.

For the Frosting
Combine butter and shortening until smooth and creamy.

Add vanilla and salt.

Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk & mix until smooth and spreading consistency.

Spread over cooled cookie, then cut into bars.

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2 Responses to “Easy M&M Treats”

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    Claudia — December 12, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Seriously how cute are these? They looks awesome!

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    Jen — December 27, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    This is a good idea! I make the same kind of idea but with hershey’s kisses. If you are able to get the square pretzels (snyders makes them… their shape is called butter snaps or something like that) you top them with a hershey kiss. Then you pop them in the oven on 200 degrees for a few minutes. You will know they are done when the chocolate looks shiny. After that, you can either press down the kiss a bit to join it with the pretzel, or top the pretzel with another pretzel to make a pretzel and chocolate sandwich. They are yummy and super easy! 🙂

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