Makes 12 servings
The secret to classic birthday cake flavor in these sweet dessert bars is the MCCORMICK Almond Extract. Studded with brightly colored sprinkles, they’re the ultimate treat for celebrating anything special.
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for baking dish
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon MCCORMICK All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon MCCORMICK Pure Almond Extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
1 chocolate chips, (optional) Substitutions available
1 cup chopped nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or pecans (optional)
Icing, edible sugar pearls, sanding sugar, (optional)
1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 9” x 13” baking dish by coating it with butter.
2.Combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
3.Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the extracts. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the milk and beat again until smooth.
4.In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and gently mix to incorporate. Add the remaining flour and mix again. Stir in the rainbow sprinkles and any additional mix-ins you choose.
5.Spread the batter into an even layer in the prepared pan. Bake until just set in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on a rack before slicing and decorating as desired.
Find this recipe and more holiday treats at mccormick.com