Sugar Cookie Bars

October 26, 2018
Sugar Cookie Bars

Makes: 24 cookie bars
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min


Sugar Cookie Bars

  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Vanilla Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Sprinkles, for decorating
In This Recipe


Sugar Cookie Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Using an electric hand mixer, cream together butter, sugar and light brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. On a high speed, add in the eggs and vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) and beat until light and fluffy. Turn the speed down to low and add in the flour ½ cup at a time. Once all the flour has been mixed in, add in the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and and give the dough one last good mix.
  3. Scrape the dough into a nonstick 13x9 baking pan, a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet works quite nicely. Using an offset spatula, spread the dough into a thin layer to completely cover bottom of the baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until the dough has risen a slightly and is golden brown on top.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool. While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting.

Vanilla Frosting

  1. Using a hand mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. On a low speed, little by little, add in the confectioner’s sugar. Once all the sugar is incorporated, add in the heavy cream, vanilla extract and salt. Turn the mixer on high and whip the frosting for about 30 seconds or until fluffy.
  2. Spread the frosting over top of the cooled cookies. Place the frosted tray of cookies into the fridge to let the frosting set, about an hour. Once set, use a sharp paring knife to cut the cookies into 24 squares. Sprinkle the top with holiday themed sprinkles and serve.

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witloof November 1, 2018
This recipe looks good, and also as if it needs one final pass by the copy editor.