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In our house, we LOVE family movie nights — it’s an excuse to get to eat one of our favorite dinners, put on our cozy pajamas, and prepare a special treat before snuggling on the couch together.
My kids have been PUMPED about the upcoming release of the Minions DVD. Ever since seeing the movie this summer, they’ve been telling me, “Mom, add this to the Christmas list.” They’re huge Minions fans.
With its release on December 8th, 2015, this gem from Illumination Entertainment is the perfect stocking stuffer or early Christmas gift to get you in the holiday spirit.
My children can’t wait to laugh again at Kevin, Stuart, Bob and the whole gang. Personally, I was tickled that I could pre-order the DVD/Blu-Ray straight from the Minions headquarters without getting out of my pajamas. Easy peasy for a busy mom of many.
Minion Inspired Sugar Cookie Bars
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Icing and Topping:
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Blue food coloring
3/4 cup Blue and Yellow chocolate covered candies, roughly chopped
Instructions for Minion Inspired Cookie Bars
Clear some work space and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×8 pan.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside for now.
In a large mixing bowl, use your electric mixer to cream your eggs, vanilla, butter and sugar until smooth.
Fold in your flour mixture and continue mixing until it’s fully combined. Now, spread the cookie dough into the pan.
Add a few drops of your blue food coloring, and use a butter knife or chopstick to swirl it in.
Pop your cookie dough pan in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let the cookie bar cool completely before icing and decorating.
While the cookies are baking it’s time to make your icing.
Minion Cookie Bar Icing Instructions
Grab another mixing bowl and cream your softened butter with an electric mixer. Then, add milk, vanilla and almond extracts. (The almond extract is my secret sauce in making homemade icing!) Slowly add in the powdered sugar, a little at a time, until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
Set aside a small amount of white frosting. You’ll be drizzling this all over the top of the cookie bar.
Next, add 3 drops of blue food coloring to the remaining frosting and mix in well.
Grab your pastry bag and a smaller frosting tip, fill it with white frosting and pipe the frosting all over the top of the cookie bar. (think the same technique for icing cinnamon rolls — just all over, no pattern. This is a fun step to let your children handle!)
Then, you’ll want a pastry bag filled with your blue icing. Use this to pipe frosting all along the edges of the cookie bar.
Add the chopped candies to the top, pressing down lightly. The icing will help them stick. (we used peanut filled chocolate covered candies, but plain will work fine as well. Just make sure you’re only using blue and yellow!)
Cut your cookie bar into squares and serve them up to your little minions!
For more fun, join me at Minions Viewing Twitter Party on December 11th from 7-9pm EST! RSVP at SoFabChats and follow along with the #MinionsMovieNight on Twitter.
Don’t miss more delicious recipes to help celebrate the Minions movie release. I’d love to hear about your favorite movie night recipe in the comments!