Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars

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!

 

Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars
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Sugar Cookie Bars
  1. 1/2 cup softened butter
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1½ tablespoons sour cream
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2½ cups flour
  7. ½ teaspoon baking powder
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
For the buttercream icing
  1. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 and ½ cups icing sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. 1 or 2 tablespoons cream or milk
  6. Food coloring and sprinkles, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla.
  4. Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until combined.
  6. Spread dough into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Do not over bake or the bars will end up very dry.
  9. Let cool completely.
For the Icing
  1. Beat together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and salt.
  3. Beat in enough cream or milk to make a smooth spreadable consistency.
  4. Add food coloring if desired.
  5. Ice bars once cooled. Add sprinkles.
Joy in Our Home http://www.joyinourhome.com/

 

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

 

 

42 comments

  1. Shauna says:

    These are the sorts of treats I try to stay away from because they’re SO, SO good! There’s something about sugar cookies and sprinkles, isn’t there?!

  2. Andrea Hunter says:

    I saw these on IG the other day Kendra and they looked SO good 🙂 and then I saw something similar in the store today so I bought them ‘cuz I had kids coming over. They are so disappointing (yes I ate one too) that next time I’ll definitely make the effort to bake some homemade ones. Thanks for the recipe! xo

    • Kendra says:

      I completely understand! Those store bought goodies look so good but yet nothing beats homemade! Let me know if you try these… making them for our kids Valentine parties! Hope you are having a great weekend! xo

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks so much, Laurie!! Baked goodies are my absolute weakness so I totally wouldn’t judge you if you ate two (or three or four!) 😉 Enjoy your week, friend!

  3. Lisa at Texas Decor says:

    Oh Kendra…these look amazing! I love the idea of a sugar cookie bar too. A lot easier than cutting out all those shapes with a cookie cutter. The icing looks delicious and of course I love all the sprinkles. 😉

    • Kendra says:

      Thank you, Lisa! Of course, you would love the sprinkles… I cant look at sprinkled doughnuts or cookies without thinking of you! 😉 Have a wonderful week, friend! xo

  4. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom says:

    These def. look fluffy and just delicious! Yum! I have been wanting to up my baking game, because I hardly ever take time out to make fun sweets for my family anymore. I am going to try and make these before V-Day!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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