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Valentines day sugar cookie bars are the perfect sweet treat to celebrate with. Soft, thick sugar cookie bars frosted with the best pink frosting ever! Decorate with all your favorite Valentines candy and enjoy.

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VALENTINES DAY DESSERT RECIPE

Today’s post makes me so happy! Something about all the pink, and red, and sprinkles. A little something about me is that I love the color pink. All shades of pink. My wedding was even different shades of PINK ♥ ♥ 

I could probably have even served these cute pink sugar cookie bars at my wedding, haha 🙂 It was a long time ago but I am pretty sure we had cheesecake for the dessert at the reception.

It’s been like 12 years so I could be wrong, who knows?! Probably my husband does, he’s way better at remembering random little facts like that. 

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These sugar cookie bars are so soft, light, and fluffy. If you’re looking for a really dense, thick, chewy sugar cookie bar then try my other recipe for sheet pan sugar cookie bars

Today’s are a bit different because they are so soft and almost crumb-like but in a good, moist way. You know like tender, moist crumbs. I hate the word moist and I am probably not even describing these right. 

Light & fluffy and soft sugar cookie bars. I think that’s the best way to describe these. 

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They bake up in a 9×13 baking dish and they’re super easy to make.

And don’t get me started on that frosting. Oh. My. Word. You have to try it. It’s kind of like a buttercream but better, and it’s thick and rich like cream cheese frosting but it has no cream cheese. 

The secret ingredient is the sour cream. Trust me, it’s life changing. It really helps tone down the sweetness while adding this really creamy texture.

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MY TIPS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE

  • You can choose any food dye color for the frosting. I chose pink because I love the color! And it’s Valentines Day.
  • Decorate these bars with any candy you want! Heart shaped Reese’s or heart shaped chocolate hearts would be yummy. I used the valentines mix m&m’s, conversation hearts and of course sprinkles. 
  • These bars are SO MUCH BETTER if they’ve been refrigerated before serving. I don’t know why, but they just taste way better. Make the bars, frost and decorate and then cover the pan with saran wrap or something, and leave it in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving. As they sit out at room temperature they will soften up a bit, but they’ll still taste delicious. 
  • I kept all the leftovers in the fridge for 3 days after I made them and they were just as good on day 3. Maybe even better because they were so cold. 
  • When you go to put the dough into the pan, it will appear very crumbly. Which is fine. As you press it into the pan it should be moist enough to easily mold into the baking dish. The dough comes together nicely as you squish it and press it into the pan. 

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Valentines Day Sugar Cookie Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Valentines day sugar cookie bars are the perfect sweet treat to celebrate with. Soft, thick sugar cookie bars frosted with the best pink frosting ever! Decorate with all your favorite Valentines candy and enjoy. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookie bars, valentines day
Servings: 24
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
Sugar Cookie Bars
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon graulated sugar (for tops of bars before baking)
Frosting
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons full-fat sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • pink food dye
  • valentines candy for decoration
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside. I like to line my pan with parchment paper. It makes it easy to pull out the bars (by using the overhang of the paper) and cut into even slices. 

  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or a bowl with a hand mixer, combine the butter, oil, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar. Beat until creamy and fluffy looking. 

  3. Add egg, water and vanilla and beat until well combined. 

  4. Add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and blend on low speed just until combined and no flour pockets remain. 

  5. Spread cookie dough mixture evenly into the prepared pan. The dough will look crumbly but as you press it into the pan it should come together nicely. 

  6. Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar over the bars before baking. This gives them a sweet sugar crunch that is so good. You can skip it if you want to. 

  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes. 

    ** You do not want to overbake these bars or else they will be dry. The bars will still be pale and the edges will look like they've pulled away from the sides of the pan. You don't want them to be golden brown when you pull them out. That means they are overbaked. 

  8. Let cool completely before frosting. 

  9. TO MAKE FROSTING: Mix butter, sour cream, and powdered sugar together with a blender. Add in the milk or cream until it's smooth and still thick enough to spread over the bars. 

    ** It's best to use heavy cream (for the best texture and flavor) but if you use a lower fat percentage of milk, you will need less of it. I use 3 tablespoons when I make the frosting with the heavy cream. 

  10. Frost the cooled cookie bars and decorate with whatever you want. These bars are best served cold. After frosting and decorating, place the pan in the fridge (covered) for 1-3 hours before serving. Leftovers are best stored in the fridge and eaten cold. 

Recipe Notes

I know the measurements are a bit wonky, but just go with it. 

 

PLEASE use full-fat sour cream in the frosting. It makes all the difference. 

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    Lewis Johnson
    February 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm These are adorable.
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