Sugar Cookie Bars

I’ve been on a bit of sweet kick lately. I promise we are eating a lot more than brownie tarts, cookies, sorbet, and sugary bars. Sweet treats are just more fun to share! But I will be sharing some delicious savory recipes soon.

These bars are absolutely perfect for bringing to a potluck, Easter party, or family gathering. They’re easy to throw together and easy to transport. Jesse took half of these to work and he said his coworkers gobbled them up and raved about them. What’s not to love about a sugar cookie with frosting? For the frosting, I was going to make a traditional buttercream, but realized at the last minute I didn’t have any powdered sugar (doh!), so instead I went with my go-to fluffy vanilla frosting. You can use whatever frosting you like best.

The original recipe made a ton. I cut the recipe in half and used a 9×13 pan. I was able to get 32 bars and they were just the right thickness. The recipe below is exactly how I made it, if you have a larger party you can double the recipe and use a jelly roll or sheet pan.

 

 Here are some more great bar/brownie ideas to take to your next party!
Creamy Lemon Bars
Peanut Butter Marbled Brownies
Basic One-Bowl Blondies
Pumpkin Blondies

Avocado, Bacon, and Cheese {ABC} Puffs

Even though my Super Bowl dreams were crushed in the Wild Card game a few weeks ago (#lifeofabengalsfan), I still look forward to the game this weekend.  Of course, we love watching football (and it’s the one time of year I don’t mind commercials!) but more than that, it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and eat delicious food.

It was actually for the Super Bowl 2 years ago that I first made these delicious bites. Since then I’ve made a few tweaks (croissant rolls instead of biscuits and adding bacon) and they are now the perfect, bite-size, melt-in-your-mouth, one-handed, football-watching treat. You can serve them with ranch and/or salsa for dipping, but you might find that they’re so good you don’t even want to dip them!

If you’re still looking for more appetizer ideas, here are a few of my favorites!

Buffalo Chicken Bites
Cold Veggie Appetizer Pizza
Caramelized Onion Dip
Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese
Reuben Dip

Oh, and Go Niners!

 

 

Baked Reuben Dip

Unfortunately, this year Jesse and I are not able to fly home to Ohio for the holidays. It felt a little strange to not have ANY Christmas parties to attend this year, so we had to do something about that. In order to keep the Christmas spirit alive we decided to host our own party. When planning the party I thought there were 2 directions I could go in – fancy shmancy dinner party or classic family style, with lots of old stand-by favorite appetizers. Then I realized there was no real competition, classic family style won!

The party was on Saturday and we had a really great time. Just a few close friends gathered around a table full of my favorite appetizers, desserts, and of course a batch of egg nog. This dip was one of the big hits at the party. There’s something about this combination of ingredients that even non-sauerkraut fans can love. In fact, one of my guests had to change her seat because she was afraid she would eat all of the dip herself if she sat in front of it!

 

 

 

Caramelized Onion Dip

Now that we are in the middle of the holiday season, you might be looking for a great appetizer recipe to take to one of the many holiday parties that you plan to attend. You might also immediately think of a soup packet dip when you think of onion dip. Whether you like the soup packet dip or not, I think you should really give this onion dip a try. It shares the basic concept of that dip, but it’s taken to a whole new level. The balance between sweet, rich, salty, and creamy is just right. There’s a good chance you’ll like this even if your not usually a fan.