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King Cake Bars Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Mike Mitchusson

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Crust:

2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. (2 sticks) butter
6 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. milk

Filling:

2 (8 oz. blocks cream cheese, softened
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Glaze:

1 c. confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp. milk
Colored sanding sugar or sprinkles (purple, green, and gold)

Directions:
Directions:
Crust:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the flour and sugar. Drop in the butter cubes and beat on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and looks a bit like wet sand. Add the milk and beat until it starts to stick together. Sprinkle the mixture into the prepared baking dish and press it in to form an even layer, making sure there are no holes or gaps.

Filling:

Wipe out the mixer bowl and rinse and dry the paddle. Beat the filing ingredients together until completely smooth. Spread the filing evenly over the prepared crust. Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the filling is set.

Glaze:

Whiles the bars are cooking, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and milk until completely smooth. As soon as you remove the bars from the oven, spread the glaze in an even layer across the top. Immediately decorate with sanding sugar. Leave the bars to cool completely, then slice.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Matt learned to love Cajun food of Louisiana when he worked for LSU in Baton Rouge. There, he first experienced Mardi Gras. These King Cake Bars are a variation of the traditional King Cake served at Mardi Gras.

 

 

 

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