These soft mint Shamrock Shake Sugar Cookie Bars are a fun and easy treat. White frosting, green sugar, and a cherry make them look like the popular shake.
Ok, so I realized that I just shared a sugar cookie bar with you just a few days ago. But this weekend I was scrolling through Facebook, and I saw a few different posts for shamrock shakes.
Want to know something? I don’t think I have ever had one before. Can you believe that? Please tell me I am not the only one. I’ve been too busy making and drinking a thin mint latte instead.
Until this point, I have not had a desire for one of those shakes. And in 8 years of blogging I have never made any sort of shamrock dessert. I’m definitely a fly by the seat of my pants kind of blogger. Usually the desserts and dinners that happen here are made on a whim. I get crazy ideas for food that I can’t rest until I make. This was one of those moments!
Right away I had this overwhelming urge to make a green mint dessert. But since shakes have been done and done again, I knew it had to be something totally different. I thought about tweaking these mint cheesecake brownies with a green cheesecake layer and a white fluffy topping, but I really wanted something easier.
My mind went right away to these vanilla unicorn sugar cookie bars that I just made. Why couldn’t I make those bars bright green and give them some mint flavor? Plus, I had a dinner that I was supposed to bring dessert for, and cookie bars are so easy to make.
Guess what I did that afternoon? Yup, I made two batches of green cookie bars and fluffy white frosting. Then I topped them with green sugar and a cherry with a stem on it to mimic those shakes!
Here are some easy tips, so that you can make your own shamrock shake sugar cookie bars!
- Make sure you set out the butter ahead of time. Soft butter is much easier to work into cookie dough.
- Use mint extract in this recipe. Peppermint is a Christmas flavor, so using that will yield a different taste. Mixing vanilla and mint extract will keep it from tasting like toothpaste!
- Add your flour into the dough in batches. The dough will be very stiff, yet crumbly.
- If you use a hand mixer to make the cookie bars, you will need to work the dough longer. I do recommend using a stand mixer with a paddle blade.
- Add your green food coloring sparingly because a little bit does go a long way. Slowly add a little at a time until you get to the color you want.
- Let the cookie bars cool completely before spreading on the frosting.
- Dry the cherries off with paper towels before putting them on the bars. If the cherries are wet, they will melt the green sugar and you will have a green streaky mess.
If you loved these mint bars, here are some more mint treats that I think you will like. This Mint Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball is an easy no bake treat that goes well with cookies. And the thick layer of frosting on these Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies looks so good. If you have never had one of those store bought shakes, you are in luck. Here is a Copycat Shamrock Shake that looks so good!!!
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