Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sugar cookie Bars

Who doesn't love a sugar cookie and, a soft sugar cookie at that, but hates to roll out, cut, bake and frost a ton of cookies? That would be me. That is why they don't make an appearance around our house but once, maybe twice a year. Recipes for these sugar cookie bars are all over the internet and so I decided to try them. Boy were they tasty. They taste just like my soft sugar cookie recipe I have on this blog, which makes all of us in this house happy because we love a soft sugar cookie. Give these a try, PLEASE!!! You will thank me later.
 Sugar Cookie Bars
5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  •  3 heaping Tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • In a large bowl or bowl of your mixer, Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add the sour cream and mix. Then add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until well combined. Press the dough into a large(half sheet) greased, or parchment lined, cookie sheet. You may need to grease your finger with cooking spray to press it all in the pan. I did. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 17-20 minutes or until the very edges start to turn a light brown. DO NOT OVERBAKE. IT IS BETTER TO HAVE THEM A LITTLE UNDERCOOKED THAN OVERCOOKED. Mine were barely light brown on the very edge when I pulled them out. All ovens cook differently so watch carefully. Take out and cool completely. Frost with your favorite frosting. Mine is cream cheese but use whatever kind you like.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2(8 oz) cream cheese softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Cream the cream cheese and butter until well combined. Add the sugar in a cup at a time, mix well. Add the vanilla and food coloring if desired. Frost the cookie bars. You may not use all of the frosting depending on if you like a lot of frosting or not.
    Note: if you don't want that big of a pan of them then just cut the recipe in half and bake them in a 9x13 inch pan.

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