Bar Cookies

We know it’s not Tasty Thursday, but saw these on Kids Trend Weekly, and HAD to share. We think the Strawberry Cheesecake bars sound yummy!
kids trends weeklyBlueberry Bar Cookies

If you love blueberries, these blueberry bar cookies are a tasty treat to make for the entire family or even for company. They are cheap to make and easy. You can even let the kids help out. The great thing is, you can use about any type of berries in these cookies.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

3 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt ( this is optional)
1 cup of shortening
4 cups of blueberries, fresh
3 teaspoons of cornstarch
Pinch of ground cinnamon (this is optional)
1/2 cup of white sugar

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven 375. Take a 9×13 pan and go ahead and grease it ahead of time.

Take a medium bowl, and stir together the baking powder, the sugar, and the flour. Then mix in the cinnamon and the salt if you are going to use it. Use a pastry cutter or a fork to blend the egg and shortening into the mix. This will make the dough crumb like in texture. Pat about half of this dough into the pan you have prepared.

In a different medium bowl, mix the cornstarch and sugar together. Then mix in the blueberries. Spread this mixture over the crust you made. Then take the rest of the dough left over and crumble it on top of the berries. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top of the cookies are golden brown. Cool complete on a wire rack, then you can cut them into squares. This recipe makes about 15 bar cookies.

Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Bar Cookies

These tasty bar cookies are not only tasty, but they look pretty too. They look great at Christmas, but taste great no matter what time of year it is. If you have a lot of kids, you may want to double the recipe because they are sure to be a big hit.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

1 pack of cream cheese softened (8 ounces)
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tube of sugar cookie dough that is refrigerated (18 ounces)
1 cup of sour cream
1 jar of strawberry preserves (8 ounces)
1 egg, beaten lightly

Directions:

Cut the refrigerated cookie dough into 25 slices. Arrange the slices side by side in a 13×9 inch baking pan that is ungreased. Pat them together so you don’t have any gaps. Bake this crust at 375 for about 20 minutes or until you notice that it’s light brown and the edges are firm when you touch them.

Apple Danish Bar Cookies

If you love apple pie, you’ll love these apple Danish bar cookies. They taste just like eating an apple pie. With apple filling and a crust that is flaky and tender, they’ll make your mouth water. These cookies are great in the fall, or any other time of year.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

1 cup of shortening
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of salt
Milk
18-10 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced (about 8 cups)
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of cornflakes

Egg Wash:
1 tablespoon of water
1 egg white

The Topping
Whipped cream or some powdered sugar

Directions:

Start out by preheating your oven to 375. In a large mixing bowl, mix the salt and flour together. Then use a knife or a pastry blender to cut the shortening into the mix until you get a crumb like mixture. Beat the egg yolk in a 1 cup measuring cup. Add in enough milk to make it read 2/3 cup and mix together well. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix very well.

Divide the dough in half. On a surface that is lightly floured, roll out one half of the dough into a rectangle that is about 18×12 inches. Place this dough in the bottom of a baking pan that is 18x12x1. Sprinkle the dough with cornflakes. Then top with the apples.

Combine together the cinnamon and granulated sugar in a little bowl. Sprinkle this over the apples. Roll out the rest of the dough into a rectangle that is 16×12 inches. Arrange it over the apples. Seal the bottom and the top pastry together. Cut some slits in the top.

In a small bowl, beat water and egg white together. Brush this mixture on the top of the pastry.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Cool it on a wire rack. Tastes great cool or warm. You can top it with powdered sugar or whipped cream. This recipe makes 32 cookie bars.

While the crust is baking, in a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, sour cream, and cream cheese until it’s totally smooth. Then beat in the vanilla and egg. Over the warm crust, spread the strawberry preserves. Then spread the cream cheese mixture over the layer of strawberry preserves.

Bake for another 25-30 minutes or until a fork or toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Cool the bars on a wire rack. Cut into bars after they are cool. Leftovers should be refrigerated. Makes about two dozen cookie bars.

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