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


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)


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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9 Responses to “Tomatoes stuffed with Salmon Dill Dip (Barefoot Bloggers)”

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    webbie — July 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Welcome to the BBs. I did cucumber towers with mine the first time I made this, then stuffed cherry tomatoes and new potatoes for a work event today.

    Your pics are great. Wish I’d thought of the salt.:-)

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    Sophie — July 24, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I just discovered your blog :). I’m Sophie from Flour Arrangements. In just about a week I’ll be moving to Boston (actually Cambridge) from Austin, and I’m hoping to start a cooking group when I get there. I actually TRY to cook dairy free too (although sometimes I need a little dairy in there, ya know?); so it’d be cool to have a fellow ‘somewhat non-dairy’ foodie in the group! Drop me a comment on my blog, or even an email, if you’re interested. It’s nice meeting you!

    Oh, and feel free to tell any of your friends about it :).

    Flour Arrangements

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    Ivy — July 24, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, these look really good and refreshing! NIICE!

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    Joelen — July 24, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Your idea of stuffing them into tomatoes is great! And great tip on using salt!

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    Esi — July 24, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I love how you presented the dip. Nice work!

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    Inna's Culinary Inventions — July 25, 2008 at 2:52 am

    What a wonderful idea to stuff tomatoes! These look great!

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    giz — July 25, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    These would be fun to make. I’ll bet the hardest part was scooping out the tomatoes. They make for a delicious and colourful appetizer.

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    Megan — July 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    excellent use of a dip! Love the salt idea.

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    Janna — July 31, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    THIS LOOKS MARVELOUS! I need to start back again with BB now that we are settled in the new digs.

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