Sugar Cookie Bars

Love is in the air  or at least in every magazine ad and on every super market shelf in America these days; I’m talking Valentine’s Day people, it’s right around the corner and if you love iced sugar cookies (who doesn’t?!) then today’s recipe is for you!

Valentine’s Day is not a big deal at our house. Eric’s birthday is February 9th and he doesn’t enjoy getting overshadowed by a lovely dovey Hallmark holiday. Plus, we’re not very lovey dovey to begin with so I’m happy with a simple “I love you” though a box of chocolates doesn’t go unappreciated…(hint, hint) What I do like about Valentines day though, is the treats! I love all holiday inspired treats but Valentine’s Day ones might be my favorite. I’m not sure if its my affinity for every shade of pink or my enjoyment of the heart shape itself or just the sentiment behind them, either way, I love Valentine’s treats.

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I began longing for some Valentine inspiration and trusty old Pinterest saved the day again! I was originally thinking cute heart shaped sugar cookies with icing would be perfect but then I remembered that I don’t really have 4 hours in a row to myself to devote to sugar cookies and icing; I needed something quick, buttery and sugar cookie-esque. Enter the sugar cookie bar!

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 The recipe is so easy I mixed up the cookie part in the morning while Rees was shoveling in eating her breakfast and then I mixed up the icing and iced them later on during afternoon naptime. You will mix up the cookie dough just like any other cookie recipe and then pat it down into a 13×9 inch pan. Be sure to butter your fingers otherwise the dough will stick to them. Once the dough is pressed down evenly, bake at 375 for about 20 minutes and when its done, the dough should look like this:

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Mix up the icing and spread on top once the cookie has cooled completely. Top with some of your favorite Valentine’s or other sprinkles.

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I pulled this recipe from another the blog Cooking Classy, you can check out her ideas for other ways to decorate the bars there too. Here’s the recipe:

Sugar Cookie Bars
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • Cookie:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1½ Tbsp sour cream (I just do 1 heaping Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 recipe vanilla frosting, recipe follows
  • Vanilla Frosting:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp half and half
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Several drop food coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. 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 17 – 20 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and edges are lightly golden. Cool completely, then frost and cut into squares.
  2. Vanilla Frosting
  3. 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.

 

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