Valentine’s Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Prep 10 Minutes
Total Time 35 Minutes
Servings ONE 8X8-INCH PAN

Ingredients

One package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix

1 large egg

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

FROSTING

one 14-ounce tub store bought whipped cream cheese frosting

OR

6 ounces cream cheese, softened (lite okay)

1/4 cup (half of 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

2 drops red food coloring, or as necessary for desired color

About 3 to 4 tablespoons Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles

  1. // Bars – Heat oven to 350F, line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. // To a large bowl add all the cookie mix, egg, butter, and mix with a handheld electric mixer until combined; dough takes a couple minutes to come together.
  3. // Turn dough out into prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula as necessary.
  4. // Bake for about 24 to 26 minutes, or until center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Allow bars to cool completely in pan on a wire rack before frosting.
  5. // Frosting – To a large bowl, add the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and beat with a handheld electric mixer until smooth.
  6. // As desired, add the red food coloring. I was going for a pale pink and added 2 drops. Add slowly and mix well after each drop or two.
  7. // Turn frosting out over the bars and evenly sprinkle with sprinkles before serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temp for up to 4 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week. I am comfortable storing frosted items at room temp but if you’re not, store in the fridge.

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