Frosted Maple Cookie Bars {with toffee bits}

These Frosted Maple Cookie Bars with toffee pieces on top are delicious! They are so soft and chewy, they almost melt right in your mouth. All that maple flavor and maple cream cheese icing makes them the perfect fall cookie bar.

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So we didn’t have too eventful of a weekend. A lot of relaxing and a little baking. Trying to get a little rest and get some things done before heading to Chicago on Thursday. I mentioned a week or so ago that I’m going to be working with ALDI this month and I’m super excited to join the ALDI team and some fellow bloggers in Chicago to visit the ALDI Test Kitchen.

I visited an ALDI store for the first time last month and loved all the awesome deals they had. It’s definitely a great place to pick up groceries at a great price. While at the test kitchens, we’ll be focusing on holiday meal planning and wines – which they have amazing prices on!

A couple years ago the hubs got to go to a pretty nifty food and wine pairing meal for work. He has told me over and over how neat it was and how much the different wine and food pairing made the wines taste even better. He’s been trying to get me to do something like that with him ever since.

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I’m super excited to have the opportunity to do that with ALDI this week. We’ll learn all about ALDI wines and what pairs well with what. I will totally impress my mother the next time I see her. 🙂 I’m not a real win connoisseur, so I know I will learn a ton – even a little science behind why things work well together. I could totally nerd out on that.

And since I LOVE decorating for the holidays, I’m pumped to see how they build a holiday dinner menu. I feel like I’m always doing the same things since I love them and am comfortable with them, so it’ll be great to get some new ideas.

And as always, I can’t wait see some familiar faces and meet some new ones. New friends and fun things like this are one of the things I love most about blogging.

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I also love making things like these Maple Cookie Bars. The are oh.em.gee so good.

The bars are super soft and full of maple flavor – it was hard to not eat the entire batch on my own. I took them to small group and they were a big hit!

As with my other cookies and bars, you only want to bake them for the amount of time listed in the recipe. One of the biggest problems cookies and cookie bars can have is being overcooked and therefore dry. When these are ready to come out of the oven, they will still look undercooked and be a little jiggly in the center. The edges will have started to brown a bit. The center will continue to cook and firm up as the bars cool.

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The frosting just adds to all the maple goodness. I used a light maple cream cheese icing and I’m SO glad I did. Cream cheese icing rocks. And if you like toffee, the toffee bits on top are a delicious way to finished the bars off. Yum!

This post is sponsored by ALDI, but all opinions are my own.

Frosted Maple Cookie Bars {with toffee bits}

Yield: 9-12 bars

Ingredients

Maple Cookie Bars
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3 tsp maple extract
2 cups flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda

Maple Cream Cheese Icing
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp maple extract
1 1/2 tbsp water, or milk
1/4 cup toffee bits

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9 inch square pan with non stick spray and parchment paper along the bottom and up above the sides.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Mix in egg and maple extract.
4. Add flour, cornstarch and baking soda and mix until well combined.
5. Spread the dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
6. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan.
7. When completely cool, use the parchment paper sticking above the pan edges to lift the bars out.
8. To make the icing, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
9. Add the powdered sugar and maple extract and mix until smooth.
10. Add water or milk as needed to get the right consistency.
11. Spread icing evenly onto bars, then sprinkle with toffee bits
12. Cut into squares and serve.
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Enjoy!

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