Sugar Cookie Bars That Are Simple and Delicious
When it comes to simple recipes we know best and these Sugar Cookie Bars are a clear winner!
There are days when the overindulgence of sweets is too much. You long for something a little subtle but with enough sweetness to satisfy, and that is when we look toward the ever consistent sugar cookie for inspiration. This staple of classic design is the perfect combination of sweet without being heavy handed with it and with it being February it seems that everything, and I do mean everything consists of chocolate. Now, this isn’t bad per se but it’s nice to have a different option to fall back on.
You might be looking and saying “but wait, these aren’t sugar cookies,” and you would be right, they’re sugar cookie bars! This recipe was found after endlessly surfing the internet during a night of insomnia, and once I tried them I simply had to tell everyone. The steps are super simple and the outcome is more than worth the effort. In fact, take a look at just how simple this is.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the frosting:
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3 ounces whipped cream cheese (about 1/2 cup)
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- candy hearts or sprinkles, for decorating
- Preheat the oven to 350, and line an 8×8″ pan one-way with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a mini stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, make the cookies: add the softened butter and beat on medium-high speed for about 30 seconds, to fluff it up. Slowly pour in the granulated sugar while continuing to beat.
- Next, add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat to combine.
- Turn off the stand mixer, and sprinkle the flour, baking powder and salt evenly on top.
- Turn the mixer back on LOW and beat to incorporate the dry ingredients.
- Scoop the batter into the baking pan, and press it flat with your fingers.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean with only a few crumbs. Let cool completely.
- In a clean mini stand mixer bowl, make the frosting: beat together the softened butter and cream cheese for 1 minute, until fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat to combine.
- Turn the mixer to low and add the powdered sugar one-half cup at a time while continuing to mix.
- Add a splash of milk if you think it needs to be thinner.
- Spread the frosting over the cooled cookie, decorate with candy, and then slice to serve.
There you have it, a dessert made to perfection! Give it a go and let us know what you think!
Source: Dessert For Two