Sugar Cookie Bars
'Tis the season for INSANELY AMAZING SUGAR COOKIE BARS. Bring these to your work holiday party and your boss will for sure give you a generous Christmas bonus. Or, bring these to any holiday party and everyone will want to be your best friend. These cookies are seriously the perfect consistency ... the outside is a little harder than the inside, the inside is gooey, and the frosting is creamy and fluffy! Like, you could spoon this frosting straight into your mouth...it's so good.
First, you're going to make the cookie dough and bake it in a square cake pan. Essentially you're making one HUGE cookie. We know, this recipe already sounds amazing. Depending on how thick you want the bars, your cake pan size will vary. We used an 8x8 cake pan because we wanted thick bars, but you can use a 9x9 or a 13x9 pan if you want the bars to be thinner.
We've been baking the same sugar cookies with our mom for years and it is definitely our favorite sugar cookie recipe, but for these bars we decided to use a different recipe solely for consistency purposes. We wanted a recipe that was a bit gooey-er and also crumbier. Alas, we found this recipe that we'll share with you below!
As the cookie is baking in the oven, you'll want to start on the frosting. For the frosting recipe, we honestly kind of just came up with it on the spot. Usually, when we make frosting with our mom, we do the simple confectioners sugar and milk frosting. Howeverrrr, this time we decided to get a little fattier with it and add some butter. We also threw some vanilla in there for a little extra flavor. Confectioners sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk, and TA-DA: you have some of the world's best frosting.
You'll want to give the cookie ample amount of time to completely cool so that the frosting doesn't melt off. Its tempting to frost immediately so you can indulge ASAP, we know...but it's required! Frost the cookie completely, depending on how much frosting you like. We wanted to make the cookie-to-frosting ratio pretty even so we did a thick layer of frosting. (Once you taste this frosting, you'll understand!!)
Sprinkle some extra holiday glamour on top of the frosting and you have yourself one of the best holiday desserts in the entire universe.... not even exaggerating a little bit....
For the dough:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the frosting:
6 cups confectioners sugar
6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk (eye it)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Add holiday sprinkles.
3. Put dough in an 8x8 cake pan. Press down on the dough with a spatula till it takes shape of the pan.
4. Bake for 18-22 minutes in the oven, or until golden.
5. When done baking, take it out and let cool on a rack. While cooling, make the frosting.
6. In a mixer, mix together butter and sugar. Add in milk and vanilla extract. If it needs more milk or butter, then add more. Just keep an eye on it and keep tasting it to your preference.
7. Once frosting is made, spread evenly on the big cookie. Add sprinkles on top. Cut into bars and enjoy!