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Candy Cane Crunch Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars are super festive with red and green funfetti and crunch up candy cane sprinkled on top.
We made it through Thanksgiving! Wow, it was so busy for us getting most everything moved in a settled in 3 weeks. Knowing we were hosting a total of 17 people for Thanksgiving was a great motivator for that. I didn’t want to have guests and the house to look like we just moved in, even though I knew everyone would completely understand that. That just wasn’t how I wanted our first holiday in the new home to be.
We did it! It was totally worth all the work and I can’t wait to share some pictures with you of our new home once we get the last few things done.
One of the great opportunities with being in a new house in a neighborhood that is still relatively new (less than 2 years) this time of year is that everyone is still getting to know the neighbors because we’re all new. What better way to stop by and introduce ourselves to the new families we live near than with some sweet treats to drop off for a gift?
Our street is just about complete. We had a family move in November 29 and then have 2 more homes being completely before Christmas – the last one is on December 23 and I can’t imagine moving right before Christmas like that and not knowing any of the neighbors yet. I really look forward to bringing something by to introduce myself and offer some holiday cheer during what’s probably a pretty challenging time.
We recently made these fun Candy Cane Crunch Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars. I won’t lie, I think the kids would have been more than happy to eat them all themselves. But, I was glad to package up more than half of them in these super cute Glad® Holiday Containers (available at Walmart this Holiday season) and share them with some people in the neighborhood.
I love that Glad Holiday Containers are BPA – free, super cute and festive, easy to use and easy to clean, and help keep holiday treats fresh. I think they’re a better option than a paper or plastic plate because they’re more sturdy. Plus, you can deliver homemade treats in a container that is cute without worrying about getting anything returned.
I delivered the Candy Cane Crunch Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars completely frosted and decorated. So that I could stack them in the container without smudging the frosting everywhere, I simply refrigerated the frosted and decorated bars on a baking sheet for an hour or so before stacking them so that the frosting was firm.
Another fun thing you could do for families that have children is to deliver a container of the cut bars, undecorated, along with tubs of this tasty Vanilla Buttercream and a bag of crushed candy cane so that the kiddos can enjoy decorating the bars themselves. You’re gifting a tasty treat packaged as a fun holiday family activity.
If the recipients celebrate Christmas, you might like to include a copy of this Christmas Book Bingo for them to play while they enjoy the yummy bars. These two gifts paired together are inexpensive and make for fun Christmas Snacks, Activities, and Treats for Kids.
More Homemade Holiday Treats
Looking for more creative sweet treats to gift friends, neighbors and teachers? Or maybe you’d like to host a Cookie Exchange or a Cookie Decorating Party this holiday season.
All of these ideas will package really well in the Glad Holiday Containers that you can find at Walmart this holiday season.
Here are some of my very favorite recipes and ideas below:
Hosting a cookie decorating party, especially with kids, can be a bit overwhelming. Take a look at my Tips for Hosting a Successful Kids’ Holiday Cookie Party to help create a fun and stress-free get together. Another tip not included in this post is to save time by using the Walmart Grocery Pickup Service. It’s so simple, just login, add the items you need to your virtual cart, select a pick up location, and schedule you’re pick up. It completely eliminates having to walk through the store to purchase your items.
Gingerbread Cookies are traditional this time of year, but these Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies offer a fun and unique twist on the classic.
A tasty ginger recipe that doesn’t require cut outs is this Caramel Pecan Gingersnap Thumbprints Recipe.
If you like caramel and maple these Bourbon Maple Salted Caramels will disappear before you know it! The few leftovers that we had last year, we chopped up and used to sprinkle on top of some chocolate bark along with perfect homemade bacon bits (caramel + maple + chocolate + bacon is to.die.for.). Spread Tempered chocolate on a baking sheet, sprinkle with toppings. Once, dry break it into pieces.
Candy Cane Crunch Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars
Yield: serves approximately 3 dozen
Prep Time: 20 - 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 - 30 mnutes
Total Time: 40 - 60 minutes
Skip the process of rolling dough and cutting cookies out with these bars that taste just like sugar cookies. They're super festive with red and green funfetti and crunch up candy cane sprinkled on top.
For the Sugar Cookie Bars
- 1 cup Butter, room temperature
- 2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 4 large Eggs
- 3 tablespoons Sour Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 5 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3/4 cup Red and Green Sprinkles
For the Buttercream Frosting
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks Butter), room temperature
- 4 3/4 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 4 tablespoons Sour Cream
- 1 tablespoon Whole Milk
- Food Coloring, if desired
- 1/2 cup Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare a baking sheet sized approximately 16 x 11 by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
For the Sugar Cookie Bars
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter and the granulated sugar and beat, using the paddle attachment, on high for 3 - 5 minutes or until the butter and sugar is fluffy and creamed. You may need to stop the mixer periodically and scrape down the sides of the bowl using a spatula.
Next, add the eggs one and a time, mixing well after each addition. Then, stir in the sour cream and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides as necessary to ensure that the mixture is fully incorporated.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and sprinkles. Add the flour mixture 1 cup at a time to the stand mixer bowl, stirring on low speed with the paddle attachment, until all of the flour has been incorporated into the dough.
Press the dough into the prepared baking sheet, ensuring that it is evenly level across the top and that it fully reaches the corners of the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 - 30 minutes, until the bars are lightly golden on the top and done through the center. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.
After cooling, cut the bars evenly into squares. Optionally, you can cut slightly larger squares and then cut them in half to make nice triangular shapes (these will look like Christmas trees if you choose to frost them with green buttercream).
For the Buttercream Frosting
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter on high speed until fluffy. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, while continuing to beat.
Once well blended, add in the vanilla, sour cream and milk. Mix on low speed until well combined and moist.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. If desired, add food coloring, and beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy.
Frost the cooled sugar cookie bars and sprinkle the tops with the crushed peppermint candy canes.
To set the frosting before packaging the bars for gifting, place the prepared bars on a baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glad. The opinions and text are all mine.