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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

When I saw this recipe coming through my Facebook feed, I knew that I had to make them immediately. I love simple sugar cookies; they may be plain, but you can taste the butter, sugar, and flour. But again, I love simple classic flavor, think of this white cake. Making cookie in a bar-form is basically like my solution to my ever shrinking free-time at home with a toddler who’s so curious of everything and refuses to nap on the weekends. Topping them with this simple butter-cream frosting is like a match made in heaven! The pink frosting made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, it is therapeutic.

I made them in a slightly smaller pan (a quarter-sheet jelly roll pan, I think it was 9-1/2″ x 13″) than what the original recipe had called for and I cut them into smaller pieces, the idea here was to have a bite-sized bar. I think everyone needs a little pink frosting to brighten these dreary winter days! :)

For the cookie bars
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For the frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch sea salt
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
5 tablespoons milk
Food coloring, as desired
Sprinkles, for garnish, optional

For the cookie bars
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed 10 x 15-inch with parchment paper; set aside.

In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda, mixing well. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined. Using a rubber spatula, evenly spread the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. (They should be light golden brown, mine took 19 minutes).

Let cool completely.

For the frosting
In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and salt, mixing well. Reduce the mixer speed to low and carefully add the confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time. Add the milk and mix until smooth. Add your desired amount of food color (if using) and mix until incorporated.

Frost and decorate as desired onto the cookie bars.

Yield: 18 cookie bars

Adapted from The Curvy Carrot


5 Responses to “Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars”

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    Tracey — February 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    These are on my to-do list too, though I probably won’t get to them in time for V-Day. Maybe I’ll just have to tint the frosting green for St Patrick’s Day :)

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    Juliana — February 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Yudith, these cookies bars are so cute…and yes I love them in small bites.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week and stay warm :)

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    Kiran @ — February 16, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I love sugar cookies and these definitely looks so festive and delicious :)

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    Geni — February 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

    These are adorable! Your family must have been thrilled to get these for the big day. I don’t know HOW you cut them so small and neatly. They look like they belong on a magazine cover!

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    Reem | Simply Reem — February 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Yudith, these are adorable!!!!
    God, I love sugar cookies and I am so sure I will love these…
    Also I love love the idea of small bite size…
    Really cute!!!

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