A sweet cookie bar, flavored with a hint of lemon, made to look like a favorite Halloween treat!
This time of year is a little bit overwhelming to me. Do I make something with pumpkin? With apples? Halloween treats? Comforting fall soups or casseroles? There’s just not enough time to make it all!! And since I really do try to make only one dessert a week, it gets even more overwhelming – trying to narrow down all of the choices and ideas out there. So please forgive me if I go a little dessert crazy over the next few weeks (or months). But it’s all worth it, right??
I actually made these bars to give away. A few nights ago, we had a treat delivered to our doorstep. The note said that we had been “Boo’d”. It’s kind of like a chain letter – but I’m guessing there isn’t any “bad luck” that comes if you choose not to participate. 🙂 Basically, I now have to pass on a treat to 2 other houses in the neighborhood. The hard thing about this is that any treat that I make, I’m going to want to blog. So I’m having to be very careful at who I deliver these bars to – and try to choose someone that I think doesn’t read my blog here!!
These bars would be perfect for a Halloween party or somewhere where there are lots of choices and everyone wants to just take a little piece. I say that because these are pretty sweet. If you eat more than one, you’ll go into sugar shock. But they are quite delicious. They are super moist and I love the hint of lemon. And you can never go wrong when something looks like candy corn, right?
There are a couple of changes I’d make for next time, though. I would actually probably use more than half of the batter for the yellow layer, because it kind of got squished down and the layers definitely don’t look even. And I would cut back on the sugar, because like I said, they are mighty sweet. But they definitely are a fun treat!
- ¾ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1¾ cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
- 4 eggs
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 8 drops yellow food coloring
- 6 drops red food coloring
- ½ cup butter, at room temperature
- 1¾ cups powdered sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- candy corn
- Line the bottom and sides of an 11x7-inch baking dish with foil, extending 2 inches of foil over the edges. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar and lemon peel and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing completely in between eggs. Stir in the flour and baking powder, stirring just until mixed. Stir in yellow food coloring and stir until mixed through.
- Spread half of the mixture into the prepared pan, about 1½ cups. Place the pan in the freezer until slightly firm to the touch, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325F. Mix the red food coloring into the remaining batter.
- Spread the orange batter over the yellow batter and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the powdered sugar until well blended. Mix in the milk, vanilla and salt. Add more milk if necessary to reach desired consistency.
- Using the overhanging foil as handles, lift the bars out of the baking pan. Frost with the frosting. Cut bars into 3 rows by 5 rows, and cut each square in half to form a triangle. Top each piece with a piece of candy corn.
- Adapted from Pillsbury.com
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