Simple Sugar Cookie Bars

Posted on May 16, 2016 in Desserts

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Ingredients:

for the cookie bars--

1 cup softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon almond extract

3 cups all purpose flour**

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

for the frosting-

1/2 cup softened butter

1 lb. powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3-4 tablespoons milk

sprinkles, if desired for decoration

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, vanilla and almond extract and whip until fluffy. Scrape the sides and stir again briefly. Stir in remaining dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. It won't come together as a dough initially, but if you grab a handful, it should hold its shape. Spread dough into prepared pan and press down evenly. Bake 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.

To make the frosting, stir all ingredients together until smooth and fluffy. Start by adding 3 tablespoons milk and work up from there until frosting is the desired consistency. Spread over cooled cookie bars and add sprinkles if desired. Cut into bars and serve.

*Be sure to fluff flour first before spooning into measuring cups and leveling the tops. Not fluffing the flour will mean more flour added to the dough and will make for a stiffer end product.