Festive Candy Cane KISS Sugar Cookie Bars: A Holiday Treat to Remember

1. Introduction

The holiday season is synonymous with warmth, joy, and, most importantly, delicious treats that bring everyone together. Our Candy Cane KISS Sugar Cookie Bars are a perfect example of a festive indulgence that combines the classic charm of sugar cookies with the delightful zing of candy cane KISSES. These bars are not just a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes, making them a hit at any holiday gathering. Let’s embark on a culinary journey to create these mouthwatering delights that are sure to become a new holiday tradition in your home.

2. Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups chopped Hershey’s Candy Cane KISSES, divided
  • For Frosting:
    • 1/2 cup salted butter
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3. Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil and spray lightly with non-stick spray.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until just combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add this to the butter mixture.
  4. Stir in one cup of chopped candy cane KISSES.
  5. Press dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges are light golden-brown. Cool completely.

4. How to Prepare

  • For frosting, beat together butter, half the powdered sugar, and milk until combined. Gradually add the remaining sugar. Add vanilla and beat until creamy.
  • Frost the cooled bars and sprinkle with remaining candy cane KISSES.

5. Preparation Time

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes

6. Servings

  • This recipe yields approximately 24 bars.

7. FAQs

  • Q: Can I use unsalted butter? A: Yes, but add an extra pinch of salt to the dough.
  • Q: How long do these bars stay fresh? A: In an airtight container, they stay fresh for up to 5 days.
  • Q: Can I freeze them? A: Absolutely! They freeze well for up to 3 months.
  • Q: Is there a dairy-free alternative? A: Yes, use dairy-free butter and milk.
  • Q: Can I use a different type of candy? A: Yes, feel free to experiment with different flavors!

8. Conclusion

As you savor a piece of the Candy Cane KISS Sugar Cookie Bar, let it not just be a treat, but a celebration of the holiday spirit. The crunch of the candy cane KISSES combined with the soft, sweet cookie base creates a symphony of flavors that encapsulates the joy of the season. Whether you’re sharing these with family, friends, or enjoying a quiet moment by yourself, these bars are more than just a dessert; they’re a token of love, warmth, and festive cheer. Happy holidays and happy baking!