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Everyone loves a good holiday dessert so this year instead of cookies, why not try a delicious cookie bars recipe? These Maple Cookie Bars with Butter Cream Frosting and Toffee Bits are a decedent and unique Christmas baking recipe. The maple cookie bars are made with classic sugar cookie ingredients and are slathered with a homemade butter cream frosting and topped with crumbled Olde English Toffee bits for a delicious crunch.
My family has always been big into Christmas food and drink recipes. One of my favorite holiday recipes is toffee and I found a cute tin of assorted toffee at my local Cost Plus World Market in Shiloh that would be a perfect topping for the maple cookie bars.
For the holiday I like to add a couple of special ingredients to my holiday baking. For these Maple Cookie Bars, I am using pure maple syrup, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and toffee to make these bars extra yummy.
There is nothing better than sugar and butter when it comes to baking, am I right? The cookie dough is so soft and fluffy. The pure maple syrup flavor really comes through too.
These maple cookie bars are baked in a prepared 9 x 13 baking pan until golden brown. While the bars are baking, I make a buttercream icing and add the pure maple syrup and vanilla for even more maple flavor. Finally, the toffee bites on top add a nice chewy, crunch texture to these soft luxurious cookie bars.
This year I am doing a red and white Christmas Dinnerware theme and Cost Plus World Market has the cutest Scandinavian patterns.
- Cookie dough:
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup butter, softned
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- Top with toffee bits
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and lightly spraying with cooking spray.
- Use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and sugars until smooth. Mix in the sugar, and be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Mix in the egg and the maple syrup.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until soft dough forms.
- Spread the dough evenly in the pan or dish. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting (recipe follows) and cutting.
- For the Frosting:
- Use an electric mixer to whisk the butter until it's smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time with vanilla, maple syrup and heavy cream until all the ingredients have been added and the frosting is smooth. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go.
- Place toffee inside a ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to break toffee into bits. Sprinkle on top of the frosting.
For more baking ideas check out Brandi Milloy, a Gingerbread Icebox Cake Recipe & Dessert Table by Cost Plus World Market!
Sweeten your holiday entertaining with Brandi Milloy’s easy Christmas baking recipe for a
classic icebox cake made with Walkers Gingerbread Biscuits, Butter Toffee Pretzels and Salted
Caramel Bark from Cost Plus World Market. Plus, see her cheery dessert table presentation.
Imagine the joy you’ll bring. #GiftThemJoy
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