Valentine’s Day Pink Cookie Bars

This is looooong overdue. Oops.

I found this recipe on a website called Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, but I did tweak some things- so I can safely call these cookies somewhat of my own.

YOU WILL NEED:

Cookies:

1 cup of softened unsalted butter (aka 2 sticks)

4 (yes, FOUR) eggs

5 (yes, FIVE) cups of flour

2 cups of granulated sugar

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp of baking powder

1 cup of powdered sugar

1-2 tsps of vanilla (I used 2, but if you like more shortbread-y type cookies, go with one.

Icing

1/2 cup (aka 1 stick) of softened unsalted butter

2.5 cups of powdered sugar

1/2 cup shortening

1.2 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp heavy cream

Red food dye (optional, but I like it :3)

PS- you can add sprinkles at the very end if you want.

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

Preheat your oven to 375 F, 190 C, or gas mark 5 (someone’s always gotta have the gas mark.)

For the cookies, you’re going to combine the butter and the sugars together until you get something kinda fluffy-lookin. Then, add in the vanilla. Then, SLOWLY (not as enthusiastic as I made the mistake of) add in eight billion cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. You’ll get a huge amount of very sticky, heavy dough.

 

 

You want to grease a MASSIVE 9×13 pan to bake this dough in (I don’t usually grease my pans though- I LOVE parchment paper. Idk, you do you, whatever you want). Plop all that dough in there- don’t be afraid to use your hands to spread it out. You want it as even and smooth as possible- I used the back of a really flat serving spoon towards the end.

When it comes out, it’ll be a beautiful (and heavy) sheet of COOOOKIE.

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While it’s cooling, make the icing. Just take all those ingredients and combine until they’re smooth and beautiful. Then add your food dye- I just kinda added a little bit at a time until I got a pretty pale pinkish color.

Your cookie should be cooled after about half an hour. DUMP ALL THAT DELICIOUS SUGAR FROSTING ALL OVER THAT ISH. It’ll be a really thick layer of icing, but it’s soooo goooood. Then go in with sprinkles!

Cut it into squares, and you’re done!

This makes roughly enough to feed a large family for 3 years, but they were all gone in a day- even the people who know I can’t cook to save my life absolutely loved these.

Happy baking!

Don’t take over the world without me.

Ooey Gooey Nutella Bars

So… IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE. WHOOP WHOOP.

A little while ago, I started talking to a blogger called Emma. Her blog is called urbanlifeexo and it’s really good- link is here.

We wanted to do a little collab as something fun for Christmas, so we decided A DOUBLE POST OF A RECIPE FULL OF NUTELLA AND SWEETS AND GOODNESS would be nice for this holiday season.

The recipe is for “Nutella Condensed Milk Bars” from a blog called Butter Baking.

YOU WILL NEED:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 egg
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1½ cups plain flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ – 1 tsp sea salt, to taste
½ – 1 cup Nutella, to taste
½ cup condensed milk

STEP ONE: Preheat your oven to 350F or 180C or Gas Mark 4.

STEP TWO:  Mix together your butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla- it will give you a very caramel-ly looking substance.

STEP THREE: Add in your flour, baking soda, and salt until everything is combined- now, it’ll look like cookie dough. Put the mixture into a GREASED brownie tray, leaving out a little more than 1/2 a cup for later.

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STEP FOUR: Spoon your Nutella all over the top! (I had a little too much fun with this bit)

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STEP FIVE: Pour the condensed milk on top of the entire thing!

STEP SIX: Taking the leftover dough from earlier, drop pieces over the surface of your sugary mess. It should look something like this:

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STEP SEVEN: Bake for 30 minutes, or however long it takes for the top to look nice and golden.

Be sure to let it cool before you eat!

Happy holidays, everyone.

Don’t take over the world without me.