Mini Maple Bars

There’s just something about miniature food that makes me happy. I love it.  I think it’s because when I eat miniature food I have this false sense of eating less.  You know, if you ate 3 full sized cookies that would be bad, but if you ate 10 miniature cookies it wouldn’t seem so bad.  Or is it just me???

My kids had friends over for a sleepover and the request for breakfast was donuts.  We’ve made a couple of different kinds of donuts (Baked Donuts with Maple Frosting, Cinnamon Roll Donuts, Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts, Donut Hole Muffins, and my favorite, Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts.)  The kids requested something different.  Yikes.  I sometimes run out of ideas.  Then it hit me… Donut Holes.  Yum!  We love Donut Holes.  
I found this great looking recipe but realized I don’t own a small round cookie cutter.  How can I not own a small round cookie cutter???  I own just about every kitchen utensil known to man.  How disappointing.  So I decided to make small squares and then it hit me… Maple Bars.  Oh man.  We love us some Maple Bars!
Mini Maple Bars
Source: Babble
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* pinch of salt
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup sour cream
* 1 large egg
* 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
* Vegetable oil for frying
Maple Frosting
* 4 cups powdered sugar
* 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
* 1 1/2 Tbsp. maple flavoring
* milk
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon salt. Stir together and set aside.
In a separate bowl stir the sugar, sour cream, egg and butter until it is smooth. Then stir in the flour mixture until a dough forms. Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least 20 minutes. 
Roll the dough out on to a lightly floured surface until it is 1/2 inch thick.  You can cut 1 inch circles in the dough to make donut holes or use a pizza cutter to cut 1 inch squares.
Heat the oil in a heavy skillet until it is 350 degrees.  Carefully add each square, one at a time, and cook for about 1-2 minutes.  (Turn to cook evenly.)
Remove from oil onto a pan lined with paper towels.
To make the maple frosting, powdered sugar and butter in a bowl and beat until smooth.  Add maple flavoring and beat.  Add milk, a small amount at a time (about 1 tsp.) and beat after each addition until it is the consistency you want.  It should be thick.
Frost with maple frosting and enjoy warm!


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