Alright, it is midweek, and what is better than some sugar fuel? You will soon learn, I adore Pinterest and experimenting with new recipes I find on there. I am hoping that I use the appropriate way to document where I have found many of the recipes and to give the credit where credit is due. I certainly am not this creative to think of some of these confections myself, but certainly enjoy baking to the extreme. This is a recipe I found a few weeks ago and have made and ultimately adore! I have always enjoyed a good sugar cookie and the idea of not having to roll out batch after batch of dough is utterly brilliant and awesome! So, here is where I found the recipe:
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars
1 cup butter
2 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon lemon zest (I did not add this when I made mine)
5 cups all-purpose flour (I always sift my dry ingredients, but I know it is a matter of preference)
1 teaspoon table salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
5 tablespoon milk
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Grease a 13 x 18″ rimmed baking sheet (basically a half-sheet pan) and set aside. Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until light and smooth, about 2 minutes. Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Blend in the vanilla and lemon zest (if using). In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir together with a fork to blend. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl and beat on low speed just until incorporated.
Transfer the cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet and press into an even layer. Bake 10-15 minutes, until light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting, place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Blend in the vanilla, salt, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Mix in the milk. Tint as desired with food coloring. Spread over the cookie in the pan, add some sprinkles and cut into bars.
So, because these bars are absolutely decadent, I was thinking these would be awesome for potlucks and my annual neighbor cookie plates. I know Christmas shaped sugar cookies are traditional, but I think these would be great to save on holiday time constraints and offer a delicious treat. Plus, there are always Christmas sprinkles! Let me know if you try these and how it works out for you. Looking forward to hearing from you soon- thanks for stopping by today!