Happy February friends!!!
That means we can officially pull out the red, pink and white, right? Or the gold and black… or whichever colors you choose to decorate on Valentine’s Day! I don’t do much decorating at all. A couple years ago I shared this cute DIY that you can make in less than an hour, but other than that, my decorating for this holiday is limited to baking. We’ll bake all the festive treats we can!
When my friend Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs organized this fun Valentine blog hop, I knew right away that I wanted to share this delicious treat! There are 24 other super talented Canadian ladies joining me this week to share everything from delicious recipes to some amazing DIYs! Be sure to check the bottom of my post to see what everyone else shared!
I have to admit I’m not much a cookie baker at all. I’m more of a bars and squares kind of girl. If you check out my Pinterest dessert board, I’m sure the bar recipes will far outnumber the cookie recipes I have pinned. But when I saw this recipe from Chocolate With Grace, I knew it was going to be a winner in my books!
Sugar cookies especially take alot of time. Making the dough, often chilling it, and then cutting them all out. This Sugar Cookie Bar recipe I’m sharing today, can be whipped together in half the time and doesn’t sacrifice on taste. It is soo mouthwateringly delicious that I know we’ll be making them again. They’d be perfect for classroom parties and to take to work to share with your staff too!
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1½ tablespoons sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2½ cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 and ½ cups icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 or 2 tablespoons cream or milk
- Food coloring and sprinkles, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla.
- Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until combined.
- Spread dough into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Do not over bake or the bars will end up very dry.
- Let cool completely.
- Beat together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla and salt.
- Beat in enough cream or milk to make a smooth spreadable consistency.
- Add food coloring if desired.
- Ice bars once cooled. Add sprinkles.
Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Blood Orange Limoncello Cocktail for Valentine’s Day by Tara of Suburble
Ombre Cake Makeover from a Grocery Store Cake by Colleen of Lemon Thistle
Valentine’s Popcorn by Janella of Ma Belle Vie
“Warm Heart” Hand Warmers by Sarah of Flourish & Knot
Valentine’s Day Embroidery Projects by Heather of Home to Heather
Valentine’s Candy Inspired Table Setting by Andrea of Personally Andrea
Valentine Heart Strawberry Pop Tarts by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Valentine’s Day Date Night In Gift Basket Idea by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies by Shauna of Satori Design for Living
Felt Valentine’s Day Cards by Alex of Northstory
Lovey Dovey Vegan Chocolate Bark by Joann of Woman in Real Life
Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging by Thalita of The Learner Observer
DIY Valentine String Art by Tash of The Dreamhouse Project
Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home
Easy DIY Valentine’s Wreath by Laurie of VinYet ETC
Raspberry Pie Mousse Cups by Daniela of Lifeovereasy
Valentine’s Day Breakfast by Dannyelle of Life is a Party
Valentine’s Mantel by Jen of Rambling Renovators
Boyfriend Bouquet | Floating Heart Terrarium by Cynthia of Cynthia Zamaria
Embroidery Hoop Valentine Art by Christine of The DIY Dreamer
“You & Me” Wood Sign by Lindi of Love Create Celebrate
Chocolate and Coconut Coated Heart Mini-Cakes by Jane and Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit
DIY String Heart Wall Hanging by Melissa of The Sweet Escape
Heart Shaped Marshmallows for Valentine’s Day by Christine of Amidst the Chaos