With a chewy cookie base and a creamy frosting on top, these sugar cookie bars with roasted strawberry buttercream are the perfect dessert to end any summer meal.
Hi there! How’s your June going so far? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, can you even believe we’re like halfway through the year? HALFWAY! What the French toast is happening with time lately? I swear I’ll blink and it’ll be Valentine’s Day.
Ever since I made this banana bread with roasted strawberry butter I’ve been wanting to incorporate roasted strawberries into a dessert. (Dessert is my thing. It was only a matter of time before that happened.)
I don’t know why I settled on sugar cookie bars because sugar cookies aren’t usually my go-to; they’re just so unexciting.
Actually, I take that back. It’s not that sugar cookies aren’t exciting, it’s that I just bore really easily. I like everything I eat to have all kinds of textures and flavors to keep me on my toes.
But it was truly a stroke of genius. (I’m taking a break from humility today and will stick with that genius label.)
YOU GUYS! Paired with something other than a chewy, vanilla-y cookie, the frosting might not shine the way it does here. I love that the cookie base doesn’t overshadow the frosting’s sunny flavor.
So while it would sort of be OK for Valentine’s Day to come soon—because these sugar cookie bars are totes Valentine’s Day-appropriate, what with their pink frosting and oh-so-sweet deliciousness—I’m really not ready.
I need time to slow down a bit so I have more hours in the day to get used to life in Phoenix. Good news on that front though—we could change the name of these sugar cookie bars to “ice-breakers” because they (kinda, sorta) helped me make some new friends! (I’m using that term a little loosely.)
The day after I made these, I was standing in the kitchen staring out the window, mindlessly eating my second sugar cookie bar of the day and trying to talk myself into avoiding a third when I saw the cutest little couple walking down the sidewalk. They were seriously like 80 years old and they were HOLDING HANDS! I love when I see that :).
Without stopping to consider whether they eat sugar or gluten or whether they even speak English, I ran outside with the plate of cookies and asked if they’d like to take them home. And they did! And I didn’t ask their names or make any other small talk because they looked a little bewildered and I was a little embarrassed. But I like to think I now have a couple of friends nearby.
And I like to think they enjoyed these cookies as much as I did. (I’d also like to thank them for stopping me from eating that third cookie.)
Happy Monday everybody! Adorable couple included.
Sugar cookie bars adapted from Women of Great Taste