When trying to think of a new recipe to take to a family gathering I stumbled across these sugar cookie bars I had starred in my Google Reader. These sugar cookie bars are quite the rage lately, but I couldn't pass blogging them as well. These were out of this world amazing and I already can't wait to make more. They remind me of the thick sugar cookies with gobs of frosting that you can buy prepackaged at Sam's Club - only better! The only change I'll make to these in the future is to not thin out the frosting as much as I did - and maybe use a little smaller of a jelly roll pan, or make a little extra frosting so that it's a bit thicker. Additionally, to flavor slightly, use other extracts instead of vanilla (such as Almond, lemon juice, etc.) I do love being able to easily tweak a recipe for variety :)
Sugar Cookie Bars
For the Cookie
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs
5 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
For the Frosting
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
5 tablespoons 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 well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add to butter mixture and mix until just combined. Great a large rimmed baking sheet (13x18 or 10x15). Gently and evenly spread out batter onto sheet.
Bake at 375 for 10-20 minutes, until light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. (I've seen recipes ranging from 10 - 25 minutes across the board - mine took 13). Allow to cool completely before frosting.
To prepare frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until combined, then add milk and mix until smooth and spreadable. Add a few drops of color if desired. Spread over cooled cookie, then cut in to bars.