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Red, White, and Blue Cookie Bars

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Author Joe

Ingredients

Fruit

  • Strawberries and blue berries , rinsed and dried

Sugar Cookie Bars

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter , room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Lemon Curd

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest , optional
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter , cut into 4 pieces

Instructions

Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line a 10" X 15" jelly roll pan with heavy duty foil, then butter the foil or use non-stick spray; set aside.
  • Combine sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until well combined.
  • Spread the cookie dough onto the foil until even and smooth.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden.
  • Using the foil, lift the cookie bars off the pan and set on a rack until completely cool.

Cream cheese filling:

  • Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl and beat until smooth. Set aside.
  • Lemon Curd:
  • Combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon zest, and granulated sugar in a small saucepan and cook on medium heat for 5 or 6 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is thick and coats the spoon. Immediately remove from the heat and add the pieces of butter, one at a time, stirring them in and returning the pan to the heat, if the mixture cools too much. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a small bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap to keep a skin from forming. Set aside.
  • Cut bars into any shape or size, then spread with some of the cream cheese filling, then add a layer of lemon curd. Top with the fanned strawberries and scatter a few blueberries on top.