Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sugar Cookie Bars

I love frosted sugar cookies.
I love making them for people for parties and get togethers.
I do not love the time that it takes to make frosted sugar cookies.
It is very time-consuming.
The chilling of the dough, rolling, cutting, baking, cooling, repeat about a million times :)
Then the frosting of the individual cookie.
It is worth it in the end, but I was crunched for time the other day, and really wanted some sugar cookies.
So I thought about baking them into bars.
But I didn't want to use my stand-by buttercream frosting recipe, I knew it would make too much for a pan of cookie bars, and they are very rich. I wanted to try something new.
I did a quick search for sugar cookie bars and ran across a recipe for some over at Country Crock that looked absolutely amazing! So I gave the entire recipe a go, ditching my standard sugar cookie recipe to give this a whirl. It definitely is tasty! My daycare kiddos loved it! It makes a big pan (I used a 12x18 cake pan) so I had plenty to send home at the end of the day with each family.

Sugar Cookie Bars
Prep:30 minutes Bake: 15 minutes Servings: 35+ depending on size cut

Preheat oven to 375°

1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the eggs and vanilla.
Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl.
Add slowly to the creamed butter mixture.
Combine well.
Press dough into a greased 12x18 baking pan.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until dough is set.
Cool completely in pan.

Frosting
1/2 cup butter, room temperature (I used salted)
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
5 TBSP milk

Cream together the butter and shortening.
Add in the vanilla.
Mix in the powdered sugar a cup at a time, the original recipe called for 4 cups, but I needed an extra 1/2 cup.
Pour in the milk a tablespoon at a time.
Combine until frosting is fluffy.
Add in food coloring if desired.
Spread onto cooled cookie bars.
Top with sprinkles if desired.
Let set for 10 minutes or so.
Cut with a pizza cutter.
I cut it into 2x2 inch pieces and got 35 out of the pan. They could be cut even smaller and still be a great serving size.
Enjoy!

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