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I'm IN LOVE with this recipe. THE BEST Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars

Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars

Classic sugar cookies get a Halloween twist! These easy Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars are so delicious and perfect to serve a crowd at all those Halloween parties!

Course Dessert
Keyword bar desserts, Halloween, sugar cookie
Servings 24 to 48

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Bars

  • 1 cup butter unsalted room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • yellow food dye
  • orange food dye or yellow and red combined

Frosting

  • 3/4 cup butter unsalted room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9X13 inch casserole dish with parchment paper and lightly grease the sides of the pan. (I use parchment paper to easily lift my cookie bars out after they have cooled.)
  2. Using a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Add egg, egg yolk, vanilla and almond extract. Mix again. (To get room temperature eggs fast, place eggs in a bowl of warm-hot water for a few minutes.)
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Slowly add in dry ingredients to wet and mix only until combined. Take out half of the mixture and dye one half yellow and one half orange. Press the yellow sough into the prepared pan and then press the orange mixture on top of it. See my notes below for tips.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes. The edges will just barely start to turn golden but it's a little tricky to tell when it's dyed, then take them out and place the pan on a cooking rack!
  7. FROSTING: Beat butter, vanilla and 2 cups powdered sugar. Continue to add powdered sugar until you like the sweetness level, the frosting should still be soft enough to easily spread on your bars with a knife. If it gets too thick, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk!
  8. Once your bars have cooled, lift up on the parchment paper to remove the entire thing from the pan. Frost and then cut into bars! You can cut into triangles like candy corn or leave as squares!

Recipe Notes

I dyed my entire dough yellow, then removed half and added drops of red to the remaining to make it orange. One less dirty bowl!  

To layer the two colors into the pan, it works best if you take pieces of dough and flatten them in your hands first.  Then lay them into the pan and piece them together!