Another dessert for your hips. You can thank me later.
A few weekends ago we had multiple desserts going on at once, and these pretty little Sugar Cookie Bars were one of them. I took a Spring Snow Cake to my friend Joanie's house for dessert to her dinner, but I wasn't sure all the kids would go for it. She has one particularly sweet son who I know prefers a treat with a little less zip than lemon cake. I happen to know that he really enjoys frosted sugar cookies, so when I saw this recipe at the recipegirl I figured I would have a willing taster in the crowd.
These bars were yummy. They are just like a frosted sugar cookie (a lot like the recipe I use, in fact), but ten thousand times easier (maybe just a slight exaggeration, but hey -- no rolling and cutting!). The recipe makes a huge pan, and I sprinkled half with green sugar and half with chick and bunny sprinkles. The kids really enjoyed them, and I admit I ate one for breakfast the next day with a cup of tea. Yum.
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 cup butter; at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 t. vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar (sift after measuring)
5 T. milk
food coloring, if desired
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Mix in vanilla.
In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt & baking soda. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased, rimmed baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan). The dough will be just like cookie dough- heavy & sticky- so it’s best to spray your hands with a little nonstick spray and use them to help mold the dough into the pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening together until smooth and creamy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) until combined, then add milk & mix until smooth and spreading consistency. Add a few drops of color, if desired. Spread over cooled cookie, then cut into bars.