Cookie Exchange * Bar Cookies

Today’s Cookie Exchange is all about Bar cookies.

Perfect for my hubby’s Christmas party and Lunch at town hall where I have to feed a crowd…… Lisa

Bar Cookie Basics

  • Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides; coat the foil with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (unless making no-bake bars, Nos. 44 through 50).
  • Prepare your batter or dough. Spread in the prepared pan or press in using damp or oiled fingers.
  • Bake as directed, then transfer to a rack and let cool completely in the pan. 

Pecan Pie Bars Mix 3 cups finely ground vanilla wafers with 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 1/2 sticks melted butter. Press into the prepared pan; bake 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Whisk 1 cup light corn syrup with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 stick melted butter, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of salt; pour over the crust and top with 2 cups roughly chopped pecans. Bake until the edges are set but the center is still loose, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool, then chill until set. 

Cheesecake Bars Mix 3 cups finely ground graham crackers with 1/4 cup sugar and 1 1/2 sticks melted butter. Press into the prepared pan; bake 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Beat 24 ounces softened cream cheese with 1 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in 2 eggs, 1/4 cup sour cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread over the crust; bake until the edges are set but the center is still loose, about 30 minutes. Let cool, then chill until set. 

 Swirl 1/3 cup warmed strawberry jam into the batter in the pan before baking. 

Lemon Bars Mix 2 cups flour with 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and a pinch of salt; work in 2 sticks softened butter with your fingers until large clumps form. Press into the prepared pan; bake until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Whisk 5 eggs with 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup flour until smooth; pour over the crust. Bake until set, 20 to 25 minutes. Dust the cooled bars with confectioners’ sugar

Today’s Craft : Mod Podge Cookie plate s

  • (1) regular clear glass dinner plate
  • fabric of choice ( or you can use Christmas paper napkins)
  • scissors / sponge paint brushes
  • Sparkle Mod Podge or you can use regular
  • High Gloss Mod Podge

Directions:

  • Start off by setting your plate {right side down} on your table and give it a good coat of sparkle mod podge
  • Next, lay your fabric {right side down} on your plate.
  • Smooth out the bubbles and wrinkles with your hands quickly. The fabric sucks in the Mod Podge and it dries out quickly
  • Next, flip the plate and fabric over and carefully trim off the excess fabric. Making sure the edges are smoothed down.
  • Flip to fabric side and Seal with High Gloss Mod Podge -sealing the edges. Let Dry.

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