During the holiday season, cookie baking is at its prime. I love whipping up several batches of cookie dough so I can bake dozens of cookies for family and friends. The classics like gingerbread and sugar cookies can always be counted on to be holiday favorites. Sometimes, however, I like to mix it up and change the texture and end result altogether.
That’s where these Sugar Cookie Bars come in. They are the perfect cross between a sugar cookie and a dessert bar. They taste just like sugar cookies but are thicker and pack in more flavor.
I love using my Wolf Gourmet countertop oven for just about anything, especially for these cookie bars. The oven bakes evenly and perfectly due to its precise temperature control. I can bake my entire holiday meal with it, including: appetizers, main course meats and dessert.
I used the BAKE mode to make these cookie bars. They came out just like I love them, with a crunchy exterior of a true sugar cookie with a chewy interior of a brownie.
They start with butter and a bit of cream cheese which adds a little more flavor. The rest of the ingredients are the typical ones found in a sugar cookie however I added in a healthy amount of vanilla and a spicy twist of cinnamon. I really think it brought out the flavor even more.
Once the cookie bars were done baking, I wanted to give them a fun holiday twist so I used my Christmas tree cookie cutters. To make these cookie bars even more festive, I piped them in fun tree colors and added a few sprinkles. You can totally have fun with this process. In the end, you will have glorious sugar cookie bars everyone will adore this holiday season, including Santa.
Jocelyn Delk Adams is the founder, author, national television expert and brand ambassador behind the award-winning and best-selling cookbook Grandbaby Cakes and the food website Grandbaby-Cakes.com, which gives her family’s, particularly her grandmother’s, cherished generational recipes her modern spin while preserving the most important ingredient- tradition. Jocelyn is a cast member on the Cooking Channel Show “Unique Sweets” season 7 and has been featured regularly on the TODAY Show and The Rachael Ray Show and has also been seen on Food Network’s The Kitchen, The Cooking Channel, ABC World News Now, Hallmark Channel, Better Homes and Gardens, O (The Oprah) Magazine, The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS, Essence Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, and The New York Times Online.
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