Monday, November 30, 2015

A Quick and Easy Christmas Treat by Denise Devine

Do you like sugar cookies at Christmastime? Well, here is a great variation of the classic frosted treat: the sugar cookie bar. This recipe is easy to mix, makes a lot and only takes eleven minutes to bake. Frost it, cut it into squares and you have a hit for parties.

Cookie Bar:
¾ cup sugar
⅔ cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt

Heat oven to 375°F. Combine sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Spread mixture into ungreased 15x10x1 inch jelly roll pan with long spatula. Bake for 11 minutes or until set. Cool completely

4 cups powdered sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 tsp almond extract
3-4 Tbsp half & half (or milk)
Any sugar sprinkles (optional)

Combine powdered sugar, butter and almond extract in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Spread over cooled bars with spatula and garnish with sprinkles or decorate with a can of icing. Cut into 48 bars.
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Denise Devine is a USA TODAY bestselling author who wrote her first book, a mystery, at age thirteen and has been writing ever since. Her newest publication, A Christmas To Remember, is on sale now for 99 cents. And, yes, it includes a pet!

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