Sugar Cookie Bars

sugar cookie bar

As you know, I’m always looking for a simple, yummy, sweetie to throw in lunch boxes. These were super simple, quick, delicious and oh so pretty.

I can’t wait to frost some with purple, orange and green for Halloween.

This afternoon I emptied Nina’s lunch box and there were at least six bags of assorted, half-eaten snacks. I asked what they were and she said she got them for trading her cookie.

True story.

    Sugar Cookie Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1½ Tbsp Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 recipe vanilla frosting, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 13″ x 9″ baking dish, set aside. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy about 3-4 minutes. Stir in egg and egg white. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until blended. Slowly add dry mixture and stir until well combine. With buttered hands, gently press (so gently almost patting) mixture into buttered baking dish. Bake 16 – 19 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and edges are lightly golden. Cool completely, cut into squares but leave in the pan and frost. Once frosted, I lifted each out of the pan and piped individually.

Vanilla Frosting

    1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
    2 cups powdered sugar
    2-3 Tbsp half and half
    1 tsp vanilla
    Pinch of salt
    Several drop food coloring (optional)

    In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, whip together butter and powdered sugar and half and half until fluffy. Stir in vanilla and salt. Add in food optional food coloring and mix until well blended.

    Recipe courtesy of the incredible Jaclyn of Cooking Classy

About Cluttercafe

Wife to a great guy. Mom to two active, wonderful kids. Full time working woman trying to keep it all together.
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