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Sugar Cookie Bars with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

September 2, 2010

So I know its been at least a month since I last posted- I am so sorry.  I have been busy beyond explanation, thus I am full of excuses.  Last month I decided to surprise my other half so that when he came home from work, he would have a taste treat to nibble his work day stress away on.  I know he is a fanatic for sugar cookies!  Yes- and snickerdoodles and lots of other sweets or course.  But I wanted to keep in line with the previous Bar cookie I had made but make its polar opposite…. the Sugar Cookie Bar!  Oh and was a giant hit in the house and with friends alike!  So go ahead and make them- YUMMY!!! I could not figure out a way to make these healthy except that you can substitute Splenda for sugar. One is ok….really…trust me… you’ll thank me later !!

Sugar Cookie Bars:

From Natalie’s Killer Cuisine

What you will need:

13×18 sheet pan

1 cup butter-  room temperature

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

5 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Grease baking sheet.

3. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla & mix well.

4. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt & soda & stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased baking sheet.

5. Bake for 20 – 25 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting and frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream
(or use your favorite buttercream recipe)

What you will need:

1 cup butter- room temp

3 TBS cream cheese- softened

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt

4 cups powdered sugar

3 TBS milk

food coloring (if desired)

sprinkles

Directions:

1. Combine the butter and cream cheese and cream until smooth. Add vanilla and salt and cream until incorporated.

2. Add the powdered sugar in 1 cup increments then add milk until smooth and spreadable.

3. Divide into separate bowls and color if desired.

Enjoy!  This is also great to bring to parties if you don’t want to bake a cake!

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