Bars & Brownies

Sugar Cookie Bars

These soft buttery cookie base topped with sweet whipped buttercream frosting and sprinkled with pink sugar and jelly candy hearts will fill the day with love!

Soft and pretty Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars @sweetbakedlife

Why is there only one day that we celebrate love?

For me, love should be celebrated every day. It’s in us, around us and sometimes it is us.

Sometimes it’s disguised and hard to find, and sometimes its right there in front of us waiting to be cherished.

No matter what you do, find the joy and comfort in the love that surrounds you every day.

Soft and pretty Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars @sweetbakedlife

It’s true, we all revel our love to ourselves and to others in many different ways.

Some people spend money on lavish gifts. Some people talk. Some people do crafts. Some people send cards. Some people just look at your that certain way. Some people don’t need to use words. Some people bake.

Love needs nourishment. Love needs encouragement. Love needs air, fire, water and the earth.

Love needs you. Love needs me. Love needs us.

Soft and pretty Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars @sweetbakedlife

Don’t let love’s flame burn out. Respect it. Protect it. Cherish it.

Love comes easy for some. For others it’s hard.

Do not judge. Be kind to others. And most of all, open your heart to love.

For me, I try to be positive every day. I see the good in people. I take the criticism and the heart-felt affection.

And in the end, love wins. Joy wins. Kindness wins,

Soft and pretty Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars @sweetbakedlife

Sometimes people may not appreciate what you do to show them your love.

Don’t be discouraged. Do what you love to do. And those who truly care will follow.

It’s hard sometimes to be open and be vulnerable. But you will be OK.

For me, I love to bake. I love all things pink and sparkly. I love to share my treats with those I care about.

But I just don’t make these types of sweets on the day of love. I make them as much as possible.

So, show a little love today, or any day for that matter, by showering your loved ones with these pretty bars.

Hearts will melt. Faces will smile. And love will grow.

Soft and pretty Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars @sweetbakedlife

SUGAR COOKIE BARS

  • Servings: 25 bars
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Soft and pretty Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars @sweetbakedlife

Ingredients

Cookie Bars

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks), unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks), unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4-5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • Sprinkles and candies for decoration

Instructions

For the cookie bar base:

  1. Heat your oven 350 degrees. Then prepare a 15×17-inch sheet pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. To a medium bowl, add the four, salt and baking soda and whisk until combined and set aside until ready to use.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and cream on high speed until pale yellow and fluffy – about 3-5 minutes. Add the sugar and continue blending until well incorporated.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Then add the vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined.
  6. Dump the cookie mixture into the prepared pan, and using your fingers press into the pan to form an even layer. Note, to prevent your fingers from sticking spray them with non-stick spray before pressing the dough.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and the cookies look puffy. Let cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

To make the frosting & frost bars

  1. In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and beat on high-speed for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla, sugar and heavy cream (one tablespoon at a time) and begin beating on medium-speed, if the mixture is too thick, add a bit more heavy cream, if the mixture is too thin, add more sugar until you get the consistency you like. Then add the food coloring (until you get the color you like) and beat on high-speed for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the frosting to the top of the cookie base and spread to an even layer using an offset spatula.
  4. Top with pink sprinkles and garnish with pink gel candies. Cut into squares, serve and eat!

Soft and pretty Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars @sweetbakedlife

Pretty. Pink. Perfect.

Soft and pretty Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars @sweetbakedlife

Warm the hearts of those your love with these lovely Sugar Cookie Bars!

Where there is love there is life. –Mahatma Gandhi

Sheila

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