These have been all over the Internet and I have wanted to make them for several months. I love soft sugar cookies that are slathered with buttercream frosting. Sometimes, depending on the flavour, I even prefer a higher frosting to cookie ratio. I think sugar cookies are another childhood comfort food. They can come in such cute shapes and sizes. It's hard to not cheer up when you eat a cookie that gets your fingers and the corners of your mouth messy with coloured frosting or sprinkles.
It was a brilliant idea to make a sugar cookie into a bar form. Of course you miss out on the fun shapes but the texture and softness make up for the lack of butterflies and kangaroos. It's quite easy to describe these. They taste like a larger version of a buttery sugar cookie with a spectacular frosting that you may want to use on layer cakes. The recipe is also very simple. You don't have to roll out any dough or keep running to the oven to take out batch after batch of cookies. So if you are having a lazy day but you want the classic flavour of a sugar cookie, this is the perfect recipe!
Sugar Cookie Bars
(recipe found on Beantown Baker)
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- 1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temp.
- 2 cups of sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 5 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter at room temp
- 1/2 cup of shortening
- 1 tsp vanilla (I used almond)
- 1 tsp. of salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 5 Tbsp milk
- food colouring (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease a 13x18 jelly roll sheet.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
In another large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the eggs on at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla (or almond) and beat to incorporate. Add the flour mixture and beat/mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
Spread into the greased sheet, try to make it as even as possible. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Prepare the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the butter and shortening together until smooth. Add the salt and vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar in 1-cup increments. Add the milk and food colouring if using. Beat until it has a nice, spreadable consistency.
Spread over the cooled bars and decorate if desired.