Discover how to make these unique Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars that are both delicious and visually stunning. The frosting is applied in a painterly fashion, transforming each bar into a beautiful floral scene. You don’t need any artistic skills to create these simple yet gorgeous flower designs on your Sugar Cookie Bars.
Get creative with this fun cookie project using Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars. Go ahead and let your imagination run wild, drawing any design you like on the frosting. It’s a great way to add a personal touch to your baking and show off your artistic side. No piping skills required for this baking project!
Take a look at these amazing cookies, they’re not your average frosted sugar cookie bars. I realized recently that adding a touch of creativity to my baking brings me joy. And this time I’ve put a fun spin on the classic sugar cookie bars. It’s so cool how frosting can be used to add a sugary painting touch. They’re truly unique and a real treat to make and eat!”
I must admit that one of my favorite shows to watch is The Great British Baking Show. I’ve watched almost every season and recently, I branched out and found the Junior Bake Off. Well, the fantastic thing about the JBO is that the creations and kids are at my level.
They had a challenge to create a cookie design and I decided to try creating my version. Instead of adding cookies on top of a sheet of cookies, I decided to decorate the top of my cookie with frosting. This is not your normal frosting but rather it’s dyed many colors and painted on with a watercolor brush. The design includes my simple version of peach colored ranunculus along with their lime yellow leaves and stems.
I initially tried creating a bouquet of flowers in a blue vase, but it was way too complicated. And I figured a lot of you wouldn’t be interested in a pretty technical project.
So here it is and I hope you like this fun pretty project.
Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
This cookie isn’t just a feast for the eyes; the dough and frosting taste absolutely delicious too!
How to Make Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Unsalted Butter: The unsalted butter in these bars provides a rich, creamy base, ensuring every bite is deliciously tender.
- Egg: An essential binder, the egg in this recipe helps to create a cohesive and soft texture in the sugar cookie bars.
- Flour: Flour is the backbone of these bars, giving them structure and a perfect, chewy consistency.
- Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla extract infuses the bars with a warm, aromatic flavor, enhancing the overall taste.
- Salt: Just a pinch of salt balances the sweetness, bringing out the depth of flavors in the sugar cookie bars.
- Cream Cheese for Frosting: The cream cheese in the frosting adds a luxuriously smooth and tangy contrast to the sweetness of the bars.
- Powdered Sugar for Frosting: Powdered sugar provides the frosting with a velvety texture and a sweet, melt-in-your-mouth quality.
- Milk: Milk in the frosting helps to achieve the perfect spreadable consistency, making it easy to decorate the bars beautifully.
Step 1 – Make Sugar Cookies
This is one of my favorite sugar cookie recipes. Instead of making cutout cookies, we are going to line a baking tray and bake it as one giant cookie.
Step 2 – Make Cream Cheese Frosting
This frosting has five ingredients and it is simple to make and it’s so delicious! Once you make this recipe, frost the top of the cooled cookie sheet. Then with the remaining frosting, divide it up into five small bowls.
Step 3 – Frost Sugar Cookie
Frost the whole cookie and then with the leftover frosting you’ll divide up in small bowls.
Step 4 – Color Frosting
I divided up my frosting in five small bowls and add food coloring to each. I used AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste Food Color. And I created these colors, peach, light pink, a dark red for the flower’s center, lime green, and yellow.
Step 5 – Create Frosting Flowers
Using a clean watercolor brush, take your peach frosting and create circles on your frosted cookie.
Place a small spot of red frosting in the middle of each flower.
Then paint on some pink frosting. Add your yellow and green stems to the cookie.
For the background I brushed in bits of peach, pink and green in a swirling brushstroke.
Add ball candies to the middle of each flower if you prefer.
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg large
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. This takes about one minute on low speed.
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
- Mix flour and salt in a separate bowl.
- With your mixer on the lowest speed, slowly add flour mixture to the butter. Mix for 30 seconds until the dough is thoroughly incorporated.
- Place cookie dough on a parchment lined 8" x 12" cookie tray. Evenly distribute dough and pat it down.
- Bake in a 350° oven for 30 minutes.
- Frost the whole cookie and the leftover frosting. You'll divide it up into small bowls.
- Take five small bowls and divide the frosting up among them.
- Color each bowl of frosting with these colors: peach, light pink, dark pink/red, yellow, lime green.
- Create circles of peach frosting on your frosted cookie.
- Add some pink frosting in a swirling design on your peach-colored flower.
- In the middle, add a tiny bit of red frosting.
- Now add the lime green stems and petals.
- Lightly swirl pink, orange, and green frosting in the background.
- Add little ball candies in the middle of the flowers.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- ¼ cup butter
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- food coloring I used AmeriColor Gel Paste Food Coloring, orange, pink, green, yellow, and red, and combined some of them.
- Cream together the room temperature butter and cream cheese.
- Add sugar, milk, and vanilla.
- Beat until smooth.
- Spread on cooled cake.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can prepare these bars a day in advance; just store them in an airtight container.
Absolutely, they’re perfect for parties and gatherings since they can be easily cut into multiple servings.
Yes, they freeze well; just leave off the frosting if you plan to freeze them and add it after thawing.
Yes, in fact buying store-bought frosting saves time.
Why You’ll Love This Decorated Sugar Cookie
- Unique Presentation: The frosted orange flowers add a charming and creative touch, making these bars visually stunning.
- Cream Cheese Frosting: The rich and tangy flavor of the cream cheese frosting perfectly complements the sweetness of the sugar cookie bars.
- Perfect Balance of Flavors: The combination of citrus from the orange and the creaminess of the frosting creates a delightful flavor profile.
- Soft and Chewy Texture: These bars offer a satisfyingly soft and chewy texture, making them irresistible to bite into.
- Versatile Treat: Ideal for various occasions, these bars are a hit at parties, gatherings, or as a special treat at home.
Thanks a lot for dropping by! Creating this unique and imaginative cookie was a blast. It’s an ideal dessert for any special event, offering a delightful alternative to the hassle of baking a cake – just whip up these delicious sugar cookies instead.
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- Sugar Cookie in a Mug Recipe
- Crumbl Sugar Cookie Recipe (Copycat)
- Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Recipe
Alright, time for me to say goodbye. I really hope you loved this cookie recipe as much as I enjoyed making it. Wishing you happy baking!
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