For whatever reason, red velvet has been deemed as a Valentines Day treat. I’m guessing it is the wonderfully red color that it brings, but maybe there is a much more meaningful story behind it all 😉 In any case, I LOVE it!
Next up, some yummy sugar cookie bars. They are GREAT! They match the classic pairing of red velvet with a cream cheese frosting that is just perfect!
Also, check out my other Valentine sweet treats ideas like Strawberry Oreo Cookies and Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie here.
Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars
3⅓ cups flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1½ cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons (one 1-ounce bottle) red food coloring
Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 8 Oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a 9×13 inch pan ready. I like to line mine with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray so that the bars easily lift out and are easy to cut.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup butter softened and sugar until light and creamy. About 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until combined.
Add the flour mixture until a soft dough forms. Press into the bottom of the 9×13 inch pan. Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges start to pull away from the sides and a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean. Allow to completely cool before frosting.
To make the cream cheese frosting, Beat together the cream cheese and butter. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat together until smooth. Frost the top of the bars and enjoy!
Recipe Source: The Recipe Critic
Happy Day ‘o Love to you all!