If you are thinking about asking a special someone to be your valentine, our recommendation is this: do it with a plate of these cookie bars in your hand, and they are bound to say yes.
We are constantly inspired by Christina Tosi. We are lucky enough to have a Momofuku Milk Bar location within walking distance of our apartment, and I would be lying if I said we hadn't participated in a few late night emergency birthday cake truffle runs. But in the cold of winter, we are thrilled to be able to enjoy Christina's recipes without even leaving the home, with the help of her amazing cookbook, Milk Bar Life.
This is where this dreamy valentine's day-ready dessert comes from, and boy does it deliver. Soft, vanilla-flavored bars with crunchy edges, topped with sparkling sprinkles—what could be better? These are also easily packed up and shipped, so valentines near and far can be the happy recipients.
So, with all that being said—Christina Tosi, will you be our valentine?
Momofuku Sugar Cookie Bars
Makes about 12 large bars or 16 medium ones
- 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- sprinkles for decorating
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer on high, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, oil, and vanilla, and mix for a minute more.
Add the flour, salt, and baking soda and mix until just combined. Mix in the milk until combined. The dough will be spreadable and not too thick.
Spread the dough in an even layer in the prepared pan and cover with sprinkles. Be bold!
Bake for 20-25 minutes until a little browned around the edges and firm to the touch. Cool completely before cutting into squares.