Hot Cocoa-Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Soft-baked sugar cookie bars, covered in creamy hot cocoa frosting, marshmallows, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup!

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Yay for Friday!!

I’m extra excited this Friday, because tonight starts a new season of MasterChef Junior on Fox! Do you guys watch this show? It’s like my favorite show ever, although it does always leave me feeling pretty intimidated! These kids are like 7 years old, and are using cooking methods I’ve never seen, making dishes I can’t even pronounce now, as an adult! And ha! When I was 7, I’m pretty sure the only thing I did in the kitchen was help my mom peel hard-boiled eggs for egg salad… AND they’re serving their dishes to Gordon Ramsey! Talk about terrifying! I’m always so amazed at how brave those kids are; they inspire me and teach me new things every episode!

Hot Cocoa-Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sunny Side Ups

Instead of whipping up a classic French Pate’ to dine on tonight, I’m going to be pretty content to just sit in my comfy chair and enjoy one of these Hot Cocoa-Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars as I watch the kids rise to the challenge in the MasterChef kitchen. :) Haha, I’m feel like one of those people who say “I LOVE football!,but what they really mean is: “I love sitting on my couch eating chips and watching other people play football!” Haha.

Hot Cocoa-Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sunny Side Ups

Last year I made these Hot Cocoa Cookie Bars (with hot cocoa baked right into the cookie dough!!), and they were such a hit! I wanted to do a spin-off those cookie bars…and I think what I came up with just may be even more delicious than last years’ hot cocoa creation!

Hot Cocoa-Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sunny Side Ups

These start with a soft-baked sugar cookie base, and are slathered with extra-creamy hot cocoa frosting. They’re sprinkled with plenty of Mallow Bits (what’s hot cocoa without marshmallows??), and lastly (!!!), they’re topped off with a good drizzle of chocolate syrup!

Hot Cocoa-Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sunny Side Ups

You know how I roll! I’ve always gotta make sure that gluten free eaters are able to get in on the good stuff too! My all-time favorite gluten free flour, Better Batter (Which you can find here), makes all that possible! Seriously, this flour makes gluten-free cookies taste…well, like they’re not gluten free at all! Like you’re truly indulging in the real deal (without the adverse reactions!) If gluten isn’t something you personally need to worry about, go ahead and use your favorite All-Purpose Flour! Whichever way you choose, your Hot Cocoa-Frosted Cookie Bars will turn out just the same!

Hot Cocoa-Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sunny Side Ups

Can a tall steamy mug of hot cocoa really get any better? 😉 I think it just did…

Hot Cocoa-Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
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Serves: 16 bars
 
Soft-baked sugar cookie bars, covered in creamy hot cocoa frosting, marshmallows, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup!
Ingredients
  • SUGAR COOKIE BARS:
  • 1 & ⅓ cup All Purpose Flour OR Better Batter Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup Butter, softened to room temperature
  • ⅔ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • HOT COCOA FROSTING:
  • ½ cup Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup Powdered Sugar
  • ½ cup Hot Cocoa Mix (the dry powder) (about 4 envelopes)
  • 1 teaspoon Milk (any variety)
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ⅓ cup Marshmallow Bits*
  • Chocolate Syrup (the kind from the squeeze bottle, such as Hershey’s or Trader Joes Midnight Moo), for drizzling
Instructions
  1. SUGAR COOKIE BARS:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8x8-inch baking dish by lining with foil (leaving some overhang for easy removal), and spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine Flour, Cornstarch, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric handheld mixer, cream together the Butter and Granulated Sugar, about 1-2 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl at any time as needed. Add Egg and Vanilla, and continue to beat another 1-2 minutes until very creamy.
  5. Pour dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, and using a large spoon or rubber spatula, stir by hand until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Spread cookie dough into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-23 minutes, until lightly golden on the top.
  7. Place the pan on a wire rack, and cool completely before frosting.
  8. HOT COCOA FROSTING:
  9. *Scrape down sides of bowl as needed during any of the following steps.
  10. In a large bowl, using an electric handheld mixer, beat the butter until very creamy, about 2 minutes.
  11. Add in Powdered Sugar, Hot Cocoa Mix Powder, Milk, and Salt. Beat on LOW for 1 minute, and then turn the mixer up to HIGH and beat for 3-4 minutes, until frosting is very creamy and fluffy.
  12. Frost cooled cookie bars.
  13. Sprinkle Marshmallow Bits over frosting. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut into bars, wiping knife off with a warm wet rag as needed between slices.
  14. Just before serving, drizzle chocolate sauce over frosted cookie bars.
  15. Cookie Bars keep best in the refrigerator, in a tightly sealed container, for up to 1 week.
  16. Makes 16 cookie bars.
Notes
*Many major stores, such as Target and Walmart, carry KRAFT Mallow Bits, which are smaller than mini marshmallows. They come in a container resembling grated parmesan cheese. Look for them near the hot cocoa.

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Comments

  1. says

    These cookie bars look incredible, Anna! I love the frosting and fun toppings! They’re perfect for snacking on while watching Master Chef Jr. :) Those kids are so talented!