Here are some perfectly, delicious, traditional sugar cookies in cookie bar form that will knock your socks off!
How cute are these for the celebrating? 🙂
Love it these are easy!
You don’t have to do all the extras like chilling, rolling, cutting, cleaning the dough mess on the counters! How does that grab ya?
I was cautious of over-baking, because I didn’t want the bars to be dry. Under-baking is better than over-baking!
They came out soft, buttery, and delicious!
I frosted them with a cherry buttercream, but you can frost them without adding the cherry extract and just make them with vanilla or lemon extract.
These would also be cute for any time of the year for a special event. If you want a smaller amount of bars, just 1/2 the recipe and make it in an 8×8 or 9×9 pan.
Here’s the recipe!
Perfectly, simple, delicious, traditional sugar cookies transformed into soft, thick sugar cookie bars frosted with a cherry buttercream frosting that will knock your socks off!
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened
- 3 - 4 cups confectioner’s sugar sifted
- Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons cherry extract or vanilla extract (can also use maraschino cherry juice 2-3 tablespoons
- 2-3 tablespoons almond milk or cream
- 1-2 drops pink food gel
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9X13-inch baking pan spraying with non-stick cooking spray or parchment paper.
In a large bowl, using mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and powdered sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and vanilla and continue beating until well combined.
Add in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined.
Press the sugar cookie mixture into the pan, spreading out evenly then bake for 20 -25 minutes and do not over-bake. (Should barely be set in the middle and no brown on edges.)
Let the bars cool completely before frosting.
Using a mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy.
Add in the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at time incorporating the powdered sugar into the butter mixture.
If the mixture has trouble coming together, add a drop or two of milk while mixing a medium-high speed.
Add in the cherry extract, salt and mix.
Add the milk or cream and mix until the frosting is light and fluffy. Add food coloring, if desired.
Add sprinkles for decorating.
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