Brown Sugar Pop Tart Bars




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Introduction

Indulge in the sweet and comforting flavors of Brown Sugar Pop Tart Bars, a delicious treat that combines a buttery cookie base with a cinnamon sugar filling and a cinnamon glaze. These bars are perfect for snacking, dessert, or sharing with loved ones.

Why Make This Recipe

If you are a fan of classic pop tarts but prefer a homemade version with a twist, these Brown Sugar Pop Tart Bars are for you. They offer a nostalgic flavor with a soft and chewy texture, making them a delightful treat for any time of day.

How to Make Brown Sugar Pop Tart Bars

Ingredients:

  • For the Cinnamon Sugar Filling:
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the Cookie Bar Base:
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, very soft
    • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    • 1 large egg, room temperature
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • For the Cinnamon Glaze:
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Cinnamon Sugar Filling: Preheat oven to 325°F and line an 8-x-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and melted butter in a bowl.
  2. Make the Dough: Beat butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla, salt, egg, and flour gradually.
  3. Assemble the Bars: Press half of the dough into the pan, spread the filling, top with the remaining dough, and bake.
  4. Prepare the Glaze: Whisk powdered sugar, cinnamon, salt, heavy cream, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Glaze the Bars: Pour glaze over cooled bars and let it set before cutting into squares.

How to Serve Brown Sugar Pop Tart Bars

Enjoy these bars warm or at room temperature as a delightful snack or dessert. Pair them with a glass of milk or a cup of hot tea for a cozy treat.

How to Store Brown Sugar Pop Tart Bars

Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To keep them fresh longer, refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 1 month.

Tips to Make Brown Sugar Pop Tart Bars

  • Ensure the butter is very soft for a smooth dough texture.
  • Press the dough gently to avoid compressing it too much and losing the light texture.
  • Adjust the thickness of the glaze by adding more or less heavy cream for your desired consistency.

Variation

For a fruity twist, add a layer of your favorite jam or preserves between the cookie base and the cinnamon sugar filling. This variation adds a burst of fruit flavor to the bars.

FAQs

  1. Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter? It’s best to use unsalted butter to control the saltiness of the bars.
  2. Can I substitute the heavy cream in the glaze with milk? Heavy cream gives the glaze a creamy and rich texture, but you can use milk for a lighter glaze.
  3. How can I make these bars gluten-free? You can try using a gluten-free flour blend in place of all-purpose flour for a gluten-free version of the bars.

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