Blood Orange Sugar Cookie Bars
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Serves: 24 cookie bars
 
Your favorite sugar cookies baked into bars on a baking sheet and topped with blood orange cream cheese frosting and fresh blood orange slices. A perfect winter citrus-season and holiday treat.
Ingredients
Sugar Cookie
  • 2 sticks butter, softened*
  • ¾ c sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • ¼ almond milk
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ¼ t salt
Frosting
  • 3 blood oranges
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese*
  • 2.5 c powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. To prepare the sugar cookie, cream the butter and sugar together in an electric mixture until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and almond milk, mixing until incorporated. Add the flour, baking soda, powder, and salt, mix until the dough comes together into a ball.
  3. On a parchment lined or greased baking sheet (mine was 10"x12") spread the sugar cookie dough out with your hands until and even layer covers the baking sheet. I recommend using flour on your fingers to avoid sticking. If necessary, smooth out the cookie dough with a floured rolling pin.
  4. Bake at 350 for 15 to 18 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting (at least one hour).
  5. To prepare the frosting zest one of the blood oranges. Juice the orange with the zest removed and one other. In a large bowl mix the cream cheese by hand or with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the blood orange zest and juice, mixing until well incorporated and pink in color. Gently stir in the powdered sugar, about ½c at a time until smooth.
  6. Spread the frosting on the cooled cookie in the sheet pan. Thinly slice the remaining blood orange with a knife or mandolin and place the slices to cover the cookie.
  7. Using a pizza cutter, cut the cookie into 24 bars. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve. Presentation is best when they remain in the sheet pan.
Notes
*I haven't tried it but I would imagine subbing vegan butter or a vegan sugar cookie recipe, and subbing vegan cream cheese would work nicely.

**If preferred, to save time use your favorite packaged sugar cookie dough, rolling it out to cover the sheet pan and following the remainder of the directions.
Recipe by The Mexitalian at http://themexitalian.com/blood-orange-sugar-cookie-bars/