Valentine’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to make red velvet treats…if you feel like you need a reason. I’m happy to eat red velvet 365 days a year. These Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars are a great variation on the flavor!
Red Velvet Bars:
1 C butter, softened
1 1/2 C sugar
2 t vanilla
2 T red food coloring (I like to use a little less and I love Red Velvet Bakery Emulsion from Lorann Professional Kitchen. It will change your life.)
3 1/2 C flour
1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 t salt
1 t baking powder
Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 C butter, softened
2 1/2 C powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a 9×13 inch pan ready. Line the pan aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray so that the bars easily lift out and are easy to cut.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup butter softened and sugar until light and creamy. About 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until combined.
Add the flour mixture until a soft dough forms. Press into the bottom of the 9×13 inch pan. Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges start to pull away from the sides and a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean. Allow to completely cool before frosting.
To make the cream cheese frosting, Beat together the cream cheese and butter. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat together until smooth. Frost the top of the bars and enjoy! You can use sanding sugar or a few cookie crumbs to garnish.