Rainbows! Sprinkles! Unicorn Bars! Let’s all smile together now.
If ever there was a recipe designed to make you happy, this is it. These are Unicorn Bars and they are buttery, sprinkle filled joy.
It’s the middle of January and I need a little magic. The days right now are gray and cold and I’m craving a rainbow and some sunshine. In a major way.
Cold weather makes we want to cozy up, watch Netflix, top foods with excess cheese and of course, bake. I see that people on Instagram are still drinking their green resolution juices and cleansing themselves and I just think it’s precious. I’m sure they think it’s equally as precious that I only fit into my sweatpants right now.
I feel like I have maybe 3 1/2 more weeks of disorderly eating before I really need to start thinking about fitting into my shorts once again. I am basically an expert in diet-procrastination math.
Anyhow, last week I needed a little extra happy to go with my day so I decided to pull out my giant jar of sprinkles. All the dreary January vibes don’t stand a chance against this many sprinkles.
1 cup butter, melted
1½ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup sprinkles
1 cup butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
blue food coloring
sprinkles for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and coat with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the butter and sugar.
Add in the vanilla, eggs and salt and whisk until smooth.
Using a rubber spatula stir in the flour until just combined. Finally stir in the sprinkles.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are set.
The bars might seen underdone, but allow them to cool completely.
In the bowl of the stand mixer beat the butter for 1-2 minutes until it’s smooth.
Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the powdered sugar.
Next add in 2 tablespoons of milk and mix on medium speed until it’s creamy, scraping the sides as necessary.
If the frosting is too stiff add in 1 more tablespoon of milk until the desired consistency is reached.
Finally add in 1-2 drops of blue fool coloring and mix until a pale blue color is reached and evenly mixed.