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Sugar Cookie Bars

Great for any occasion!

Ingredients

Cookie Bar Ingredients:

  • 2 cups real butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles (optional)

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients (optional):

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Cookie Bar Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a half sheet baking sheet. 

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 

  3. Add eggs, vanilla extract and almond extract.  Mix.

  4. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.

  5. If adding sprinkles into the cookie bars, add now and mix well.  This is totally optional.

  6. Press the dough into the baking sheet.  Don't worry about some bumpiness.  Frosting will cover it.

  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden brown.   Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and butter until combined.

  2. Add the milk a bit at a time until desired consistency is reached. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.  If too thick, add more milk.

  3. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring.

Assembly:

  1. Once the cookie bars are cool, cover with frosting and sprinkle (if desired).  Cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

The frosting is optional.  In fact, I usually don't make it.  The bars are wonderful as is and without the frosting, they're easier to eat!