Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sugar Cookie Bars



I decided to make these for a neighborhood get together. I doubled the recipe and baked them in a cookie sheet so there would be lots! But then our plans changed and I ended up with a cookie sheet full of these delicious bars... very dangerous!!! I decided to put them in bags and put them in the boxes that my kids get to choose from for their lunches. It turned out to be the perfect solution. They were out of sight so I wouldn't eat them all and my kids loved having them in their lunches for the next week and a half. They were really simple to make and I really enjoyed not having to roll out the dough and cut with cookie cutters, and roll out a million more times like regular sugar cookies. I'll definitely be making them again! The only thing I changed was I used my sugar cookie cream cheese frosting instead of the plain one that was in the original recipe. I can't imagine a sugar cookie without cream cheese frosting!! 


Sugar Cookie Bars

Cookies: 

2-1/2 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour is fine)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 Tbsp. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract


Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 oz package of cream cheese (softened)
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup half and half
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
Several drops of red food coloring 

Directions:

COOKIES: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. (The longer you beat it, the fluffier your cookies will be.)
Add egg and combine well.
Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until completely blended.
Slowly add the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
Gently press the batter into the greased baking dish and spread out with hands. (If you butter your hands, this will help with the stickiness.)
Bake 17-20 minutes, or until edges become lightly golden.
Set aside to cool completely.
FROSTING: In a medium bowl, cream together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and half and half until light and fluffy.
Stir in vanilla and salt, combine well.
Add food coloring until desired color.
Frost your cooled cookie bars evenly.
Cut into squares and serve.

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