There is a new man in my life; I stalk him weekly and I always leave a message (in the form of a comment). He is a lifestyle blogger. I pin and print almost every recipe he posts. And, I loved his recipe for these frosted sugar cookie bars.
The ingredient list was short and the bake time was under 20 minutes. And, no cookie cutters needed for these sugar cookie bars.
Until I made this recipe, it never occurred to me that I could bake sugar cookies without cookie cutters.
Yep, the only thing you need for these sugar cookie bars is a sheet pan. I decided to use two smaller baking sheets so I could adjust the thickness of the cookie dough on the second pan.
The second baking sheet was covered with about 1/2 of the cookie dough.
I like my sugar cookies (and bars) thick. Kind of like my middle after inhaling a pan of these frosted cookies.
Michael, my blogger crush, created a beautiful ombre frosting technique. It was an epic fail on my end of the country.
When my ombre tinted frosted started with a Pepto Bismol shade of pink it was impossible to take it down to a blush. Attempts to add more neutral frosting just made it a lighter shade of Pepto Bismol.
So I put the Pepto Bismol tinted frosting and the two additional shades of pink aide and started over. I used a smidge of pink tint to create a shade of blush for my frosted sugar cookie bars. The lesson: I made an edit and saved the frosting. #everydayedits
I found my new favorite frosted sugar cookie bars recipe from Michael over at Inspired by Charm. In full disclosure, I saved the link to his blog for the end of my post. Because, once you click over to his blog, I may not see you at mine! Make sure you tell him his Colorado stalker sent you!
FROSTED SUGAR COOKIE BARS
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp. sour cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Line baking sheet with foil (for thicker bar use a smaller baking sheet).In a large bowl: sift flour, baking powder & salt.In separate bowl cream butter, sugar for about 3 minutes.Add egg, sour cream and vanillaSlowly add the flour mixturePress the dough onto the baking sheet, bake for about 14 minutes until edges are lightly golden.Frosting1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened4 cups confectioners sugar1/4 cup half and half or whole milk1 tsp. vanilla1/2 tsp. almond extractFood Coloring & sprinklesOnce cookie bars are cool spread the frosting on the cookie bar.Frost as desired the flour mixturePress the dough onto the baking sheet, bake for 14-17 minutes until edges are lightly golden.FrostingOnce cookie bars are cool spread the frosting on the cookie bar.Frost as desired