Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

These cookies will melt in your mouth. Tender, buttery, sugary and covered in a sweet peppermint frosting and crispy little candy cane crumbs.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

I also love the convenience factor of these bars. Instead of having to roll out the dough and cut cookies out, you can just bake it all at once and slice them after they have been frosted.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

I baked these a couple weeks ago and they were such a hit that I made a second batch with the girls this weekend as we watched the entire Christmas Clay-mation series- you know like those Rudolph and Baby New Year and Rudolph and the Abominable Snowman movies. Pete freaking loves those movies, and will let the kids watch them over and over again. Have you seen those recently? jeez- they are really weird. Especially the one with Baby New Year and that gross old buzzard bird Eon…

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

And now excuse me as I have to go stand in line for Santa pictures for the next 3 hours…

*By the way, if you want to freeze these do not put the candy cane crumbs on them- the candy will kind of melt when they thaw and not be nearly as pretty as well as a little messy. You will be better to put the candy cane sprinkles on after thawing the cookies.

To make these cookies, this is what you do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and cooking spray.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter, salt and sugar. Add the yolks and mix well. Add the flour and mix until you have a uniform dough.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

Press the dough evenly across the bottom of the pan.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

Bake the dough for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove and let cool.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting:
Combine all of the frosting ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer and whip until fluffy and pink.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

Transfer all of the frosting to the cooled sugar cookie dough and spread evenly.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

Immediately sprinkle with the crushed candy canes and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

Slice into bars and serve.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

Recipe: Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars

Summary: makes 24 bars

Ingredients

  • Sugar Cookie Bars:
  • -1 cup butter
  • -½ teaspoon salt
  • -¾ cup powdered sugar
  • -2 egg yolks
  • -2 1/4 cups flour
  • Peppermint Frosting:
  • -½ cup butter
  • -3 cups powdered sugar
  • -1/3 cup milk
  • -½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • -2 drops pink food coloring (optional)
  • -5 candy canes, crushed

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter, salt and sugar. Add the yolks and mix well. Add the flour and mix until you have a uniform dough.
  3. 3. Press the dough evenly across the bottom of the pan.
  4. 4. Bake the dough for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove and let cool.
  5. 5. While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting:
  6. 6. Combine all of the frosting ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer and whip until fluffy and pink.
  7. 7. Transfer all of the frosting to the cooled sugar cookie dough and spread evenly.
  8. 8. Immediately sprinkle with the crushed candy canes and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  9. 9. Slice into bars and serve.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 12 minute(s)

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