Sugar cookie bars with blood orange cream cheese frosting and candied blood oranges
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Sugar Cookie Bars with Blood Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

These delicious sugar cookie bars are soft and chewy with a a thick layer of blood orange cream cheese frosting and a candied blood orange on top!  What a perfect dessert for special occasions and easy enough for an everyday treat!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
cooling time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 people
Calories: 348kcal

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Bars

  • 2 1/4 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs

Blood Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz Butter, softend and at room tempreture
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3 Cups Powdered Suage
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract, or orange if you have it
  • 2 Tablesoons Lemon Juice
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Blood Orange Juice (about 1 orange)
  • zest from 2 blood oranges. (Try to zest very finely so there isn't chunks in the frosting)

Instructions

Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add the eggs and then beat well. Gradually beat flour mixture into the butter mixture.
  • In a large baking dish, 12 by 17' for thin cookie bars and 9 by 13" for thick cookie bars. press the dough onto the pan. Cover the bottom of the pan as evenly as possible.
  • Bake in a 325 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until just barley golden. Take out of the oven and let them cool.

Blood Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add powdered sugar slowly, a cup at a time.  Add the vanilla extract and the zest.  Slowly add the blood orange juice and the lemon juice until the frosting is fluffy and spreadable.
  • Spread on the sugar cookie bars! Add some candied blood oranges to garnish the top of the sugar cookie bars.  Sprinkles work great too!
  • Store in a covered container for a week if you don't need it all.

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 42mg | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.8mg