Wednesday, December 7, 2011

sugar cookie bars: more “pinspiration”.

so when there was nothing better to do, I perused pinterest and saw that one of my friends had recently pinned a rather tasty looking treat.

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I thought, “how perfect for my family!!  they love sugar cookies.”  I don’t so much love the mess.  whenever I roll out the cookie dough, little hands want some to either eat, or roll, roll again, then re-roll to make one nasty looking cookie.  a totally inedible cookie.

this recipe is perfect because you make the dough, spread it in a pan and bake it.  we love our sugar cookies THICK, with lots of frosting, so this was perfect!

I didn’t have any cream cheese on hand, so I made my usual buttercream and everyone was happy.

(although, I know someone might just fall over in shock, but I thought it was too much frosting.)


here’s the pin.

here’s the recipe:

Sugar Cookie Bars

1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp lemon zest (optional)
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan). Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean (they won't look done so do the toothpick test). Cool completely and frost.

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 of an 8 oz block) softened
1 tsp vanilla (I used almond extract for half of the frosting)
¼ tsp salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
food coloring (if desired)
For frosting combine butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk a little at a time and mix until smooth and spreading consistency. You may not need all the milk! Spread over cooled cookie bars.

so go and try them out, use some fun sprinkles!


Jocelyn said...

I am gasping for air over here...there is never such a thing as too much frosting:-)

Bits and Pieces of Me...Emily! said...

OH, I saw a similar recipe over at Annie's eats. I thought it would make a nice neighbor gift and a lot less labor intensive than sugar cookies! And then I made sugar cookies and regretted that impulse they take forever to make! These look yummy! :)