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I’m guest posting for Barb over at Creative Culinary today. She is busy spending her time helping her daughter fight breast cancer. I wish I could do more to help, or deliver some of these personally to her door, but writing a guest post is the best I can do besides praying like crazy.

Orange Creamsicle Cookie Bars

Love a Creamsicle ice cream bar? Then you’ll love these!

Ingredients:

For the cookie bars

  • cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • egg yolks
  • and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • Seeds of one vanilla bean (or 1 tsp of vanilla extract)

For the frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • orange sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together butter, salt, sugar, orange zest and vanilla beans. Add egg yolks and mix well. Add flour and mix until a dough forms.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes at 350 degrees or until firm. Remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, combine all of the frosting ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer and whip until fluffy.
  6. Spread the frosting over the cooled cookie base and immediately sprinkle with sprinkles.
  7. Chill in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before slicing into bars and serving.

Adapted generously from Heather Christo

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: Loved these—ate way too many of them.Husband’s take: He liked these too. I didn’t think he would, he’s more of the plain ol’ chocolate chip cookie kind of guy but he really did enjoy these.Changes I would make: None are necessary.Difficulty: Easy.

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You can also fine these bars (they are amazing!) on Creative Culinary and while you’re at it, give Barb and her family a little love.