Sugar cookies are truly one of my favorite desserts of all time! There is just something nostalgic about biting into a sugar cookie that I find very comforting.
It reminds me of rolling out the dough with my mother and picking out just the right cutter and then choosing pretty sprinkles to decorate them right before they went in the oven.
And sugar cookies are simple and buttery and sweet and pretty.
But honestly, though I love rolling out and cutting the cookies, I don’t always have the time. So sometimes it is nice to forego the rolling and cutting and just make them in bar form. That way I can get those yummy cookies in my mouth as quickly as possible!
But I still like to make them pretty. So here is the perfect solution in my opinion: I made the sugar cookies in bar form, and dotted them with melty mints. You know, the kind with the nonpareils that you buy from the bulk candy stores.
These pretty pastel mints were always my favorite as a kid whenever I went to the candy store. So to mix my favorite childhood cookie with my favorite childhood candy just seemed completely natural. The sweet and soft butter cookie creates the perfect backdrop to showcase the pretty pastel mints both in flavor, texture and visual appeal.
I think the soft pastel colors of the mints make a perfect spring treat. The mint flavor is mild and the crunch of the nonpareils work perfectly with the soft dough of the cookies.
And because these are so easy to make (you can mix them in one bowl in about 10 minutes) kids can easily whip up a pan as a pretty sweet treat for mom on her special day!! Dad might have to give a little helping hand if the kids are small.
Obviously these treats would be good any time of the year but I think the pretty pink, yellow and green pastels are the perfect colors to celebrate Mom on her special day, don’t you!?!
So moms as your little ones are trying to come up with their ideas about how to pamper you this Mother’s Day, you may want to start dropping some hints about how much you’d appreciate a pretty sweet treat baked by sweet little hands.
And the best part of course will be that you will all get to indulge together in these pretty Melty Mint Sugar Cookie Bars on your special day!!
- 1/2 c.unsalted butter (softened)
- 1c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 t. baking soda
- 1 1/2 c. melty mints (divided)
- sprinkles (optional)
- Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees and foil and grease a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, mixing thoroughly.
- Add the flour, mixing in three additions and mix in the salt and baking soda in between the flour additions, mixing until all is incorporated. Using a large wooden spoon, mix in 1 cup of the melty mints.
- Spread the batter evenly into the pan and press the remaining half cup of melty mints onto the top of the batter. Sprinkle nonpareils on top. (optional)
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing into 24 bars.
adapted from: Anissa’s Kitchen
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Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
So cute! And you are right – those colors are absolutely perfect for Mother’s Day.
Thank you Kristi!! 🙂
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
Any mom would be very lucky to get these on Mother’s Day. Love that you added mint flavor into these. Sound and look delicious!
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
These wouldn’t last a minute in my house! They look so soft, sweet and delicious! What a great springtime treat for Mother’s Day or any day.
They didn’t last any longer than that in my house either Georgia! And I’m afraid that I am mostly to blame for that!! 😉
Allie | Baking a Moment says
These are so pretty, Renee! I love the colors- so perfect for Mother’s Day 😉
Thank you Allie!
I love the colors. these are so cute for spring!
Thanks so much Dina!! 🙂
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Did you seriously put my favorite mints in sugar cookie bars?! Awesomeness!
Seriously Julie, they are my favorite too!! And they BELONG in a sugar cookie bar!! 🙂
These bars look so pretty Renee, I love the mint flavor in here 🙂 They sound perfect for Mother’s Day or any special day 🙂
Thanks so much Kelly! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your little ones!! 🙂
I’ll take a bar over a cookie any day! I can’t get over how gorgeous those melty mints look. Perfect for Mother’s Day!
I’m with you Christin! Bars are easier and softer than regular cookies!! Have a great Mother’s Day!!
This looks divine- I love the idea and perfect for Mother’s Day!
Thank you Jessica!!
What a fabulous treat! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Thanks Karly!! 🙂
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods says
Renee, these bars look lovely. I like that you just cut these into bars. I love sugar cookies, but not the rolling out and cutting out into shapes. Delicious and easy is always at the top of my list.
Exactly Cindy! It is rare that I have time to roll, refrigerate, and cut out cookies!! have a great weekend! 🙂
OMG what gorgeous bars! They look sooo soft and chewy and perfect for Mother’s Day! Love the pretty pastel colors. 🙂
Thanks so much Sarah!! 🙂
Jennifer Fischer says
It’s not often I leave comments on blogs. Today, I must. I will also leave this entire comment on the pin of these bars. They are unbelievably delicious, incredibly easy, and gorgeous! Rarely does my final product look like anything in a food bloggers photos. These do. I actually called my husband at work to tell him about them. Yes, they are THAT good. And I can’t WAIT to make them for many occasions. (This first batch was just a test for home enjoyment!) Thank you for sharing these!
Jennifer, I am SO glad these cookie bars worked out so well for you! I am in love with them as well!! Thank you very much for leaving a comment for me to let me know about your experience! It really makes my day!! 🙂