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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars with Halloween Sprinkles

Soft sugar cookie bars frosted with vanilla buttercream and covered in Halloween colored sprinkles. They’re sweet, soft and make the perfect treat.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars with Halloween Sprinkles from What The Fork Food Blog

Soft frosted sugar cookies are a beautiful thing. They’re usually iced and covered in cute, bright and festive sprinkles. Another beautiful thing? Soft frosted sugar cookie bars. The difference? They’re a lot less work than making cookies! And less work is truly a beautiful thing. It also doesn’t hurt that these sugar cookie bars are coated in my all time favorite vanilla buttercream and decked out in cutesie Halloween colored sprinkles.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars with Halloween Sprinkles from What The Fork Food Blog

Now here’s the thing about the sprinkles. There are lots of sprinkles that are not gluten-free because of cross contamination. BUT I scoured the internet looking for gluten-free sprinkles. So much of the information seemed conflicting so I decided to just go right to the source. I had already bought the Cake Mate Halloween Mix sprinkles and I didn’t want them to go to waste. I shot Cake Mate a quick email asking what the gluten-free status on their sprinkles was and they quickly got back to me and said:

“Our Cake Mate Halloween themed sprinkles and decorating sugars are gluten-free and processed in a facility that does not process wheat products.  We always recommend you read your labels and Cake Mate will list the ingredients and whether it is made on machinery that also produces wheat.”

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars with Halloween Sprinkles from What The Fork Food Blog

So that’s great news! Bring on the sprinkles! But I guarantee once you sink your teeth into these sugar cookie bars you won’t care whether there are sprinkles or not. These bar cookies are so soft, the flavor is unbelievable and the frosting is so smooth, velvety and absolutely perfect. The Halloween sprinkles add a festive look but it’s the taste of the sugar cookie bars that will win you over. Plus sugar cookie bars are way easier than making individual cookies! Enjoy!

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars with Halloween Sprinkles from What The Fork Food Blog

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars - Perfect for Halloween!

Yield: 16 cookie bars
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Soft sugar cookie bars frosted with vanilla buttercream and covered in Halloween colored sprinkles. They’re sweet, soft and make the perfect treat.

Ingredients

For the Sugar Cookie Bars:

  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 C confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • food coloring (optional)
  • Cake Mate sprinkles (gluten-free) for decorating

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 inch (or 9 inch) square baking pan with enough aluminum foil so there is an over-hang.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the gluten-free all-purpose flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cornstarch. Stir and set aside.
  3. Cream together 1/2 C butter and the granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, scraping the bowl as needed.
  4. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan and spread evenly in the pan. The dough will be sticky so it might help to press the dough in with well-floured hands.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Do not frost until completely cool.
  7. While the sugar cookie bars are cooling, make the frosting. To make the frosting, Beat together 1/2 cup butter and confectioners' sugar on low. Increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes. Add vanilla and whipping cream and food coloring (if using) and beat for another minute. For the orange color I used 12 drops of yellow and 6 drops of red food coloring.
  8. Use the aluminum foil to lift the sugar cookie bars from the pan. Evenly spread frosting over the completely cooled bars and top with sprinkles. Makes 16 bars. Enjoy!

Notes

Cake Mate sprinkles are gluten-free but please double check the labels before using. Recipe adapted from [Sally's Baking Addiction.

 

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Alycia Hacke

Thursday 11th of December 2014

Genius! I don't have the patience for making regular sugar cookies! Haha

Sharon

Friday 12th of December 2014

Exactly!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 4th of November 2014

Hi Sharon, Your Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars look wonderful! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen

Mandee Thomas

Monday 3rd of November 2014

These look delicious, and super festive! Thanks so much for sharing at the Create & Share Link Party. Hope to see you again tomorrow night (7:00 PM MST)! http://www.designsbymissmandee.com/

Stephanie

Friday 31st of October 2014

Love this idea of a sugar cookie bar!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

Katie

Friday 31st of October 2014

Oh my gosh. These look delicious! I always have a hard time finding gluten free decorating gel (and frosting, which is why I always make my own!)

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