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Christmas Bar Packages

  • Prep 1 hr 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 64

No rolling or shaping required—these cute, beribboned boxes start out as a pan of bars. Wrap up your Christmas baking in no time! ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Cookies

1
cup butter, softened
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/4
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

Frosting

2
cups powdered sugar
1/3
cup butter, softened
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1
to 2 tablespoons half-and-half or milk
Food color

Steps

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  • 1
    Line 8-inch square pan with plastic wrap. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat all cookie ingredients except flour at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour, scraping bowl occasionally, until mixture forms a dough. Press dough firmly and evenly in pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 350°F. Using edges of plastic wrap, lift dough from pan. With sharp knife, cut into 8 rows in each direction to make 64 squares; carefully place squares 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3
    Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.
  • 4
    In medium bowl, mix all frosting ingredients except food color until smooth, adding enough half-and-half for desired spreading consistency. In small bowl, mix 1/3 cup of the frosting and enough food color until desired color and well blended; place in small resealable food storage plastic bag and partially seal.
  • 5
    Spread uncolored frosting over cooled cookies. Cut small hole in bottom corner of bag of colored frosting. Squeeze bag to pipe frosting onto each cookie to resemble bows.

Expert Tips

  • Bring these buttery, delicious cookies to a cookie exchange or give as a gift.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Exchanges:
Free
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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