Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

Hi friends…it’s been a little quiet in this space. If you follow me on instagram, you know I have been traveling a lot. But I realized something over the last couple of weeks and even more so the last few days…that I haven’t been feeling well for a long time. And things got so busy and I was feeling blah so I hadn’t been posting as much. I honestly didn’t think anyone would really notice. It’s summertime, there’s a lot going on. 🙂 I’m thankful for dear friends who texted me asking if I was ok.

At first I said yes, I’m doing fine, but I really wasn’t. I have had this lingering cough literally since February. I went to the doctor in March and he told me to try a new maintenance inhaler for my asthma and it might have worked for a little bit. But this cough would not go away. A few weeks ago, it actually got worse and it was making me feel worse. I couldn’t have a conversation without coughing every few words and when I would take a deep breath, I would end up in a coughing fit. The weird thing is, I never had a cold or bronchitis this year. This cough seemingly came from nowhere.

Before I left for New York, I went to my allergy doctor once again and this time, he threw more at the cough. Different meds, a nebulizer treatment and even antibiotics. And it started to get a lot better. Thank goodness for that. And last week, I went to a new primary care doctor and she’s amazing. Seriously, I felt much better after leaving…she talked to me for a long time and answered a lot of my questions. I learned that my allergies, my asthma, sleep apnea and now I know that I have acid reflux are all related. And this cough has been affecting my breathing…even though I thought it wasn’t.

Today, I am feeling so much better…better than I have in a long time. You don’t realize how much you are coping with something until you start to feel better. Isn’t that interesting? And honestly, my usually positive outlook and productivity was being affected. Not feeling well affects a lot of things.

When I was a kid, I was sick a lot and I was on a lot of medicine…constantly. I don’t want to be on tons of medicine now and as an adult, I’ll be the first to admit that I wait too long to go to the doctor…for fear that it’s nothing and for fear that I’m being too dramatic. I have to work on taking care of myself and not wait to go to the doctor until it’s so bad that I’m literally miserable.

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

Okay, enough about my stupid cough. How about these shortbread bars? It all started when I went to Oklahoma and the Land O’Lakes team shared with us a new butter…their new European-style butter.

Land O'Lakes European Style Butter

I fell in love with their butter…and these gooey shortbread bars they shared with us. I actually made them not too long after I came home. But I couldn’t help changing them a little bit and adding sprinkles!!! Making them funfetti!

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

They are really really easy to make. They were the first thing I made in my new Raspberry Ice Stand Mixer that I named Betsy. 🙂

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

The crust is a shortbread crust…it’s heavenly because it involves a whole stick of butter.

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

Smooth it out evenly and then bake for 15 minutes.

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

While that’s baking, make the funfetti topping. Whenever I’m dealing with honey or corn syrup, I always spray my measuring spoon or cup with nonstick baking spray…so it doesn’t stick!

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

Make the topping which goes on top of the baked shortbread crust.

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

Add sprinkles! Isn’t that pretty?

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

I’m in love with this mixer and the new ceramic bowl! (This bowl is being released by KitchenAid this fall.)

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

All ready to go into the oven.

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.netPhotographed on Cambridge Rose & Talavera Collection plates with by Q Squared.

PS I’m obsessed with these plates…they are perfect for entertaining and every day and are super easy to clean!

These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

Make these shortbread bars, I know you’ll love them!

My grandmother loved them!


 

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Recipe

Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars Recipe

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Land O Lakes® European Style Salted Butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Funfetti Topping

  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Land O Lakes® European Style Salted Butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoons rainbow sprinkles (plus more for the top before baking)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil. Spray the foil with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.

Crust

  1. Add 1 stick of salted butter and 1/3 cup powdered sugar to the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat until the powdered sugar is no longer visible, about one minute. Add flour and mix until just combined.
  2. Pour dough into prepared pan. Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

Funfetti Topping

  1. Add corn syrup, water and vanilla extract to a small mixing bowl. Mix well with a spoon and set aside.
  2. Add 1 stick of salted butter, sugar and salt into same electric stand mixer bowl. Using a paddle attachment, beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add 2 eggs and beat until well mixed. Add half of flour and half of the corn syrup mixture, beating to combine thoroughly. Repeat with the remaining flour and corn syrup.
  3. Add sprinkles and slowly combine with rubber spatula. Pour funfetti topping over shortbread crust. Using the rubber spatula, spread it evenly over the crust. Optionally, add 1 or 2 more tablespoons of sprinkles over the topping and use the spatula to press them into the topping.
  4. Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Place pan on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes. Then, carefully remove the bars using the flaps of overlapping foil and allow bars to completely cool on baking rack. (To get the cleanest cut bars, allow them to completely cool at least a few hours or even overnight.)

Recipe inspired by and modified from Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars

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These bars are so gooey and perfect...the sprinkles are a must! Funfetti Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

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