I love cookies. I love shortbread cookies. I also love brownies, and blondies and all things in bar-shaped deliciousness. This Red, White & Blue Patriotic Shortbread Bars Recipe combines some of my favorite things in a very patriotic little package, making them absolutely perfect for the upcoming holidays!
What do you think? Isn’t this recipe just adorable? As an added benefit, the recipe is also pretty simple to make and your kids can get involved – bringing the kids into the kitchen to help with baking is a great way to keep them entertained when they’re out of school AND spend some great quality time together!
Red, White & Blue Patriotic Shortbread Bars Recipe
- 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- blue & red food coloring
- -used Americolor Soft Gel Paste in 119 Red Red and 103 sky blue
- red, white & blue jimmies
Preheat oven to 300 and line a square baking pan with foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a food processor add, butter, sugar, salt and four. Process for about 20 seconds until dough forms.
Remove dough from food processor and shape into a log. Divide the log into thirds.
Color one portion of the dough red with red fool coloring. Mix well with a spoon so the color is even. I use about a dime size amount of color gels.
Color one portion of the dough blue with blue food coloring. Mix well with a spoon so the color is even. I use about a dime size amount of color gels.
Pull the dough apart in small sections and place into the prepared pan. Make sure the sections touch each other. When finished, flatten the dough with the palm of your hand.
Sprinkle jimmies on the top of the dough and gently press them into the dough.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. When almost cool, cut into bars.