Frosted Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

My second favourite day of the year is almost here!  Next to Christmas, no other day compares to Superbowl Sunday.  We have a huge party at our place every year.  We supply a keg and we ask our guests to bring some sort of snack or appetizer.  Since last year I had a newborn baby that was nursing every few hours and going through a no-sleeping phase, I really didn’t enjoy the day as much as everyone else.  I really couldn’t drink beer either, so I totally missed out on the glorious keg.  The year before that, I was early in my pregnancy and suffering from severe nausea on Superbowl Sunday.  So that year, not only could I not drink beer, I also couldn’t really eat any of the wonderful food that our friends provided.  I’m hoping nothing stands in the way of me drinking lots of beer and eating lots of delicious and unhealthy food this Superbowl.  I cannot wait to see our dining room table completely covered with delicious homemade dips, chicken wings, devilled eggs, chile, hummus, etc.  My friends and family never disappoint!

My beloved Peyton Manning got knocked out of the playoffs.  Then, my hubby’s beloved Tom Brady got knocked out the following week.  Of course it was the Baltimore Ravens winning both games as huge underdogs.  That makes me kinda want to cheer for them in the Superbowl.  Plus, I really like Ray Lewis and this Sunday will be his last game before he retires.  On the other hand, I really like the San Francisco 49ers.  They are an exciting team to watch and they haven’t won a Superbowl since 1994.  I think it’ll be a game time decision for me.

I should probably post a recipe with a football or Superbowl theme but I really like these Snickerdoodle cookie bars and it IS the first day of February.   These pink frosted treats would be great for Valentines Day in a few weeks.  I love any type of frosting that contains cream cheese and you can’t go wrong slathering it on a cinnamon- brown sugar cookie bar 🙂  I really should have decorated these bars with some pink and red candies to make them look prettier…Maybe next time.

Look at that wonderfully thick layer of frosting.  Oh and did I mention that they were very easy to make?  It was difficult for me to stop eating and take a picture of that one 🙂

              

Enjoy!  And have a happy Superbowl Sunday!

Frosted Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

From: Averie Cooks

Snickerdoodle bars:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a 8×8 or 9×9-inch pan by lining it with foil and then spraying it with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and mix until combined. Add the baking soda and flour and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. The batter will be very thick and sticky, like cookie dough. Use your hands if necessary to spread it evenly. Bake at 375F for 19 to 22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out clean. While the bars are baking, prepare the frosting.

Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 1/2+ cups powdered sugar
splash of milk or water, if needed
pink food colouring

In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and cream cheese until combined and it begins to fluff. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar (one-half cup at a time after 3 cups) and mix until desired frosting consistency is reached. I like pretty thick frosting and used 4 cups powdered sugar with a splash of whole milk. Carefully add the food coloring, one drop at a time, until desired color is reached. After the bars have cooled, frost them. Garnish with sprinkles, candy bits, sanding sugar, or any optional garnish of your choice. Consider storing the bars in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese and butter in the frosting.  These bars will freeze well…If there’s any left to freeze 🙂

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