Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sugar Cookie Bars

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These are so straight forward and delicious.
Sugar Cookie Base
Sweet Frosting
These are for those of us that enjoy a good sugar cookie, but don't necessarily want to spend an eternity making and decorating individual cookies. 

Quick, easy and so good.  You can't beat that.  :)
Try them!

Sugar  Cookie Bars
Source:  Annie's Eats
(Get the printable recipe here)

For the cookie base:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Zest from 1 lemon
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda

For the frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
5 tbsp. milk
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.   Grease a 13 x 18″ rimmed baking sheet. Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Blend in the vanilla, seeds from the vanilla bean, and lemon zest.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda, whisk to blend.  Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl and beat on low speed just until incorporated.
Transfer the cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet and press into an even layer.  Bake 17-20 minutes, until light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting, place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.  Blend in the vanilla, salt, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Mix in the milk.  Tint as desired with food coloring.  Spread over the cookie in the pan, decorate as desired and cut into bars.

This post is linked to:  Sweet Treats Thursday
Sweet Tooth Friday
Fun With Food Friday
Sweets for a Saturday
Friday Food
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Savory Sunday
Red, White and Blue Linky Party at Itsy Bitsy Paper


Aimee said...

I love turning cookies into bars. Never thought to do it with sugar cookies! Thanks, those look pretty,

Blog is the New BLack said...

Love making cookies into bars! Brilliant!

The Country Cook said...

Love this!

Chels said...

I love this!!! I always love to make a dessert for the 4th of July and I think this will be perfect for feeding my hubby's large crowd of a family on Monday :)

Jenn said...

These sound so good right now!

Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts said...

These look awesome :)

Nicole Feliciano said...

Super festive for the 4th. I found you from Paisley Passions linky. I hope you can swing by Momtrends and share this treat.

Kim McCallie said...

I love these! I can almost imagine how they would taste. Another winning recipe coming from your kitchen, Brandy. I'd like to invite you to share on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts said...

Thanks for linking up! I featured you today :) These are such a great, simple idea.

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

Oh yum! I am pinning these! I am a new follower!I would love it if you stopped by blog, take a look around and if you like what you see, follow me back! Thanks!
Have a great holiday!

Lisa said...

I've been learning just how good cookies can be in bar form too. Love the chewiness and denseness it gives them. These look so pretty. Thanks for linking it up to Sweets for a Saturday.

BigBearswife said...

What a great idea, having sugar cookies bars! Yum! and Hello from your newest follower! Hope you're come over and check out the site and follow too!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Oh, these sound delicious! I love sugar cookies.

I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party this week and I'd love for you to join in on the fun by adding your link.

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!

Jacob said...

These look awesome. I love the taste of sugar cookies, but sometimes I just don't feel like decorating.

Amanda-The Sweet Details said...

hey! Just came by to let you know that I featured you on this weeks savory sundays picks! Don't forget to come back and link up again this week! :)

Cindy said...

I love sugar cookies but not the work. These look like the perfect answer. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

i cooked for 17 minutes and let it sit for about 30. frosted the seemingly beautiful cake of sugar cookie and then cut it: holy moly if it wasn't absolutely raw on the inside =/

Brandy K said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry! I made these last week & they turned out awesome. 2 suggestions...1) be sure you are using a 13 x 18" pan. A 9 x 13" pan will yield a thicker bar & will need a longer baking time and 2) test the bars at 17 minutes by sticking a toothpick in the center. If it comes out gummy, just let them bake a few minutes more. I hope that helps. I'm really so sorry they didn't work out for you.

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