Sugar Cookie Bars

I feel that the blog-osphere blew up this spring since just about everywhere I looked I saw sugar cookie bars. Same goes for pinterest… sugar cookie bars all over the place. Well, I figured I would join in on the fun and make some. Once I made them I kept asking myself why I didn’t make them sooner!!

 

 

I made a batch for the general contractors working on the project that is keeping me so busy at work. I’m busy but they are slammed working on the project. They have to take turns working on Saturdays supervising the work that is underway as well as the normal M-F 10hr days. Which is exactly why I brought these babies in to them one Saturday morning. I then heard the following Monday how they were flying off the carrier that I carried them in on. Thankfully everyone really enjoyed them :-)

 

 

I used the sugar cookie bar recipe from Kita’s blog Pass The Sushi. I made some adjustments because I didn’t have a lemon so I didn’t use the lemon zest that original recipe called for and I think that the bars didn’t hurt from it. Once I had it all laid out I realized that I didn’t have that large of a baking sheet for the cookie bars. I used a 9×13 lined pan and just adjusted the length of baking. The hardest part is knowing then they are done as they are still very soft in the middle. Once I tested the cookies with a small knife and it was clean upon removal I took them out to cool. I suggest that you wait for them to cool for a few hours or over night, which will help them set up in the center and prevent the frosting from melting when put on the bars. I had some melting as I was rushing because I was making them at 6am to delivery around 8.30… learn from my foolish goofs!

Sugar Cookie Bars

-Serves 32-

Ingredients:

For the cookie bars:

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 2 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-5 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring gel
  • Sprinkles

Process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large metal pan (9″x13″) with aluminum foil or parchment paper and grease.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and the eggs one at a time. Mix until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until just combined.
  4. Using your hands or a greased flat bottomed glass, press the cookie mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until light golden brown and when a knife tip is inserted in the center it is clean upon removal. Gently lift out the cookie bars from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the frosting: Cream together the butter until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and salt to the mixture. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar until the frosting is smooth. Add the gel food coloring until the desired color is reached. Add the milk in 1 tablespoon at a time to create a smooth texture.
  6. Evenly spread the frosting over the cool sugar cookie bars and add sprinkles. Cut into even sized bars.

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About iamahoneybee

28-year old New Englander. A crafty, sarcastic, shoe hoarding, iphone addict, home cook, new mom who loves to document it all in scrapbooks (and this blog)
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10 Responses to Sugar Cookie Bars

  1. mydearbakes says:

    Thanks for sharing this detailed receipe! You make it sound so easy! =)

  2. orlndofoodie says:

    How have I never heard of sugar cookie bars??? What a fun variation!

  3. Now don’t these look amazing! That is such a pretty blue you used for the frosting. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. xo

  4. Pretty! I love cookies that end up a little underdone in the middle so I’m pretty sure I would love the texture of these!

    • iamahoneybee says:

      they are very soft in the middle. After a few hours they set up very well. I love them soft too. I might have had 4 for breakfast… had to get them out of the house!!

  5. I made some of these awhile ago and they disappeared so quickly. Love them!

  6. That bright blue frosting looks insanely good!

  7. Wow…so need to make this! :)

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