These Buttery Bar Cookies Are Perfect For Any Occasion
These delightful spring cookies taste amazing! They are buttery and soft and melt in your mouth when you bite into them! Spring is here at last, and we’re entering a busy time of year that brings a flurry of activities.
Graduations, spring luncheons, bridal, and baby showers will pop up on our calendars like dandelions! Here is a perfect spring cookie for any of those festive occasions.
The pastel sprinkles are baked right into the bars and lavished on top of the thick buttercream icing. We love the wee bit of crunch the sprinkles add when you eat them, and they have such a happy look on a plate!
I have a hard time staying away from them and try to limit myself to one or two a day, so I hope to have help from my grandkids so they won’t stick around to tempt me! The bars will stay nice and fresh in a tightly covered container for almost a week!
The terrific thing about these sugar cookie bars is you can change them for any holiday by changing the sprinkles or tinting the buttercream! How fun for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Fourth of July!
Sugar Cookie Bars
- One stick of softened butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- One large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 Tbsp seasonal sprinkles
- One stick of softened butter (if you use unsalted butter, add 1 tsp of salt)
- 3 Tbsp cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk
- Sprinkles for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a square baking pan with parchment paper.
- Beat the butter and sugar until the mixture is fluffy, then beat in the egg and vanilla.
- Stir in the flour and baking powder. The dough will be quite thick. I found my Danish whisk was a great tool to use.
- Finally, gently fold in the sprinkles and press the dough evenly into the pan.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Cool and lift the bar out of the pan before frosting.
- Mix all the frosting ingredients until fluffy, spread on the cooled cookie bar, and add sprinkles as desired.
- Cut the bars into one-inch wide strips, then divide the bars into thirds so you end up with a cookie bar about one inch by three inches long. This is a sweet, rich cookie, so smaller pieces are ideal.
You can use a nine-by-nine or an eight-by-eight square pan. If you use the smaller pan, the cookies will be thicker and may take a few more minutes to bake.
Vary the sprinkles by the season, and you'll always have a fun cookie bar for any occasion!
These Spring Cookies Are Very Easy To Make
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a square baking pan with parchment paper.
Cream together a stick of butter and a cup of sugar until it’s fluffy, then beat in an egg and a teaspoon of vanilla. A touch of salt is always a good thing in a sweet cookie, so use salted butter or add a teaspoon of salt if you’re using unsalted butter.
This dough is thick, so I found my trusty Danish whisk the perfect tool! Stir in the flour and baking powder until no flour is showing. Finally, stir in the sprinkles before pressing the dough into the pan.
Pat the dough into place using your hands or the back of a spoon to get it as evenly distributed and level as you can. Now bake for about twenty minutes or until the top is a light golden brown.
You can use an eight-inch or nine-inch square pan. If you use the smaller pan, the bars will be a little thicker, and you may need to bake a wee bit longer. Remove the pan from the oven and set it on a cooling rack until you can handle the pan easily.
Lift the cookie bar from the pan onto the rack and let it cool completely before you frost it. While it’s cooling, mix all the frosting ingredients until fluffy, spread on the cooled cookie bar, and add sprinkles as desired.
Cut the bar into one-inch wide strips, then divide the bars into thirds, so you end up with a cookie bar about one inch by three inches long. These bars are a fun treat any time! These are sweet, rich spring cookies, so smaller pieces are ideal.
I used the sweetest springy pastel sprinkles I could find, and I think they look adorable! You could also tint the buttercream icing with food coloring to make any pastel shade you want! I chose a pale yellow color for my buttercream, and I think these spring cookies will be so pretty on our dessert table!
These delicious spring cookies are irresistible! They have a buttery vanilla flavor, and the texture is similar to shortbread. Of course, buttercream frosting adds a delightful flavor to anything you bake!
Spring is here at last, Mother’s Day is coming, and so many graduation and confirmation parties and showers are popping up on our calendars! Surprise someone with these fun sugar cookie bars. They are so quick and easy to make.
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