Fun, colorful, and oh so festive for your 4th of July celebration. Make a pan of delicious sugar cookie bars, frost, and then decorate as the flag using red, white, and blue m&m’s! This is a must make for the Holiday!
Happy Father’s Day! I’m so excited for today for 2 reasons; the first, is that my dad is here, visiting us, so I have my dad here on Father’s Day! That has not happened since we moved way over here to the East Coast. Second, I am so so so excited to share this 4th of July idea with y’all. I love holiday themed food. It’s one of my favorite things about the Holidays. Family gathering, lots of food, and lots of festive Holiday food.
I am so grateful to have such an awesome dad. He put up with a lot of “teenage attitude” from me, and he taught me the most important thing; hard work. He deserves his own special day 🙂 I am also grateful for my amazing husband who is an incredible father to our three kids. I honestly could not have asked, or found a better person to share this crazy life & journey with.
Now the recipe! You bake up a pan of sugar cookie bars (my weakness! I can’t resist those things), frost with some simple buttercream frosting, and then use the red, white, and blue m&m’s to decorate as a flag. Not only are they delicious, but they are even prettier to look at. They will for sure steal the spotlight at the dessert table.
I will also add that Target is the ONLY place that carries the package of red,white, blue m&m’s (we asked them). So, go to the nearest Target and grab 2 bags of em’. You will need 2 bags to have enough of the red ones. You will have lots of extra white and blue m&m’s, but those are perfect to leave out in a dish on the counter and let people munch on them 🙂 That’s what I did.
If you have a sugar cookie bar recipe that you love, and/or a buttercream recipe, please use that. I will share the one that I have used several times and that we love. I hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day! Come back tomorrow for another great 4th of July idea 🙂
- 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 oz cream cheese (1/2 of a 8 oz block), softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 5 tablespoons milk, whole milk or heavy cream
- Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, or use shortening.
- In large mixing bowl, using a handheld blender or stand mixer, mix together the butter and the sugar until combined and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla, blend together.
- In smaller mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda, stir with a whisk to combine. Add to the wet mixture, stir with a wooden spoon just until combined.
- Spread out in the baking dish. You might have to get some cooking spray on your fingers, or shortening, to help the process out. It will take a few minutes.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. The edges will start to get a light golden color, but it won't look like it's done, use a toothpick to test. Let cool completely and then frost.
- Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt, mix together. Add powdered sugar and milk until you get a thick, spreadable consistency. Add food coloring, if desired (you want to keep it white for these bars).
This makes a lot of frosting. If you want a thick layer of frosting, use it all. Otherwise, you could half the frosting recipe, or leave out the cream cheese so you don't have to waste the extra frosting. I have made it several times without the cream cheese, and it's just fine that way too ( a little sweeter).
Whenever I make these bars, mine cook closer to 18 minutes. I would set the timer for like 12 minutes and then just keep an eye on them.
Have a happy & relaxing Sunday! I’ll see you tomorrow 🙂
recipe from here (LOVE her blog!)