There’s No Turning Back

by Heather on October 29, 2010

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Fact:  I actually don’t love frosting.

I love the idea of frosting, but if you remember from this post my favorite birthday cake growing up was not really cake at all.  My sister on the other hand is a frosting FIEND.  She always wanted double whatever the amount of frosting a grown man could eat and then some.

You guys, Pioneer Woman has changed my mind on frosting, and there’s no turning back now.

When I was thinking of treats to make for my office I knew I wanted something with sugar cookies, but any sugar cookie recipe I’ve tried I haven’t really been in love with.  Knowing that I love my PW cookbook, I quickly turned to the Angel Sugar Cookies page and made sure I had the ingredients.


I made a couple of alterations, namely adding more flour because of that whole altitude baking thing and making them into bars (lazy lazy) by pressing into a 9 x 13 pan and baking for 25 minutes at 350.  Simple, delicious, and just fine on their own.

But y’all.

This frosting has changed my life. I wish I could claim the recipe as my own, but it’s not.  I don’t care though…I would eat this stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  And snacks.  It’s that good.

I added a 1 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup cocoa powder to the mix just to make the cookie bars extra fancy.  And did it ever go over well!  I took these to the office and they were gone in a matter of minutes!

The cookie bars were soft, tender, and perfectly sweet.  The frosting is just SOOOOOOOO creamy and the richness from the peanut butter and chocolate really stand out.  It’s not too sweet, but packs a ton of flavor.  And that’s what frosting should be!

Confession:  my meals up until dinner were a pound of brussels sprouts and 3 of these cookie bars.

The end.

Happy Friday y’all!  We made it!

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 29, 2010

At least you got the brussles sprouts in, right? Those look great. I love that you made them into bars instead of cookies. Great idea.


2 Kristy October 29, 2010

Those bars look amazing, I must try this frosting since my girls could eat it out of the jar! :)


3 KeepItSweet October 29, 2010

YUM! great pics on this post!


4 couchpotatoathlete October 29, 2010

Sometimes I think bars taste better than cookies — because they are thicker. Either way these look awesome — and PB/Choc frosting is the best idea!


5 Joslyn @ missfitbliss October 29, 2010

I LOVE the Pioneer Woman! I fear that cookbook though. Unless I can find a way to lighten up the recipes I don’t think I have the willpower for it;)


6 Heather October 29, 2010

the trick is to make it when you need to feed other people :)


7 Tina October 29, 2010

Happy Friday to you too!!!

And I love your meals. It’s balanced, right? LOL


8 Heather October 29, 2010

TOTALLY balanced :)


9 Amy @ Second City Randomness October 29, 2010

Sugar cookie bars are such a great idea!

But I’m honestly happy we don’t work together. I feel we’d be nothing but trouble for one another…

Have a great weekend, my dear!


10 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self October 29, 2010

I can’t believe I don’t already own the PW’s cookbook!!! Must get on that, STAT!


11 Heather October 29, 2010

it’s amazing…hilarious and the recipes are AMAZING!


12 Marg October 29, 2010

I’ve never been a fan of frosting either, but slowly starting to like some (whipped). This sounds very good!


13 Jessica @ How Sweet October 29, 2010

That frosting is my LIFE.


14 Heather October 29, 2010

it’s all your fault i made it in the first place :)


15 Anna October 29, 2010

I lurrrrrrrve frosting. Your sister and I should go head-to-head in a frosting eating contest :-)


16 Karen October 29, 2010

Aren’t those angel cookies awesome? I will have to try them the Heather way :)


17 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) October 29, 2010

PB as frosting?? Brilliant.


18 Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 29, 2010

That looks delicious! I love all of your photos on your blog… you’re super talented Heather :)


19 Heather October 29, 2010

Thanks Leanne! that was super sweet :)


20 Alina @ Duty Free Foodie October 29, 2010

Now that’s what I call a balanced day! And you’ve got peanut butter in there for protein. Seriously I am probably too hunry to be reading food blogs right now. Back to work.


21 Shanna, like Banana October 29, 2010

These look so incredibly perfect, it’s almost wrong! You executed beautifully!


22 Salah October 29, 2010

I’ll take a bucket of that frosting and 2 cookies please :-) hahahaha….big surprise to hear that now I’m sure! lol


23 Heather October 29, 2010



24 LiveForTheRun October 29, 2010

Well if I love frosting that means the creation you found is going to blow my mind!


25 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 29, 2010

Um…how do I get some of those delivered to my office? Today? Please?


26 Sarah October 29, 2010

A pound of brussel sprouts and 3 cookie bars sounds great to me!


27 kate October 29, 2010

As a frosting lover Im afraid to try this for fear than Ill never eat anything else again!


28 Emily October 29, 2010

Ah ha ha! You make me laugh–love the brussels sprouts and cookie bar diet. :) Yesterday I ate three pieces of homemade chocolate chip pumpkin bread at 5:30 pm. Needless to say, that was my dinner. So glad I’m not the only one who does that!

These cookie bars look fabulous! I love that you make office treats every week…what a cool thing to do! (and a great way to bake w/o eating it all yourself)


29 Heather October 29, 2010

exactly…i get my baking fix AND i don’t feel like i need to eat it all! well, except for this one… ;)


30 Gracie October 29, 2010

OHHH my goodness. Those cookie bars look out-of-this-world good!


31 Tiffany October 29, 2010

Umm….YUM! I can’t believe I still haven’t bought PWs cookbook. I had every intention, and just haven’t gotten around to it (after a year, so sad!) I doubt seriously that I could limit myself to only three of those delectable looking bars you made. I’ve seen your name on PW comments a few times, and finally decided to stop by and see what Heather’s Dish was about!


32 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice October 29, 2010

Ummm.. I think I’ll be happy just eating the frosting without the bars.


33 Natalia - a side of simple October 29, 2010

…. Oh, sorry, I just fainted. Pretty sure those pictures are to blame :)


34 Meaghen October 29, 2010

I love icing and frequently eat a spooful here or there when I’m baking up treats. It’s so tasty.

Your bars look so good. I love sugar cookies and I love how thick they look! Your coworkers must love you!!!


35 Beth @kitchen minions October 29, 2010

Mmmmmmm you are making my mouth water, do you need to offload any? I can be there in 20 :)


36 Ellen@FirednFabulous October 30, 2010

Coly cow, those look so good. I wanna lick that spoon!


37 lpskins October 30, 2010

wait so it’s just peanut butter and cocoa powder???


38 Heather October 30, 2010

nope, it’s the pioneer woman recipe for frosting (it’s linked at the top) but i added the cocoa powder and peanut butter :)


39 Mary October 31, 2010

Sweet made even sweeter…perfect! I love frosting and have to admit, my siblings called me the cockroach because of it! :)


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