4/30 | Sugar Cookie Bars


Hey Everyone!! Happy Thursday!

Last night we had some family friends over for a casual dinner, our favorite shows, and some catching up! It was really a good time and I am grateful that I could step away from everything going on in life and school to kick back and relax for a couple of hours! Anyway, I thought I would whip up a quick desert for them to enjoy (they like to test my creations but I don’t know how honest they always are)! Searching Pinterest, I came a cross this pin a few times and it just looked to die for, and thats what we had! I used this recipe that I found over at High Heels and Grills!

Here is what you will need:

For the Cookies:

  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour is fine)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half (I used more like 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Several drops of food coloring (optional)

Here is what you will need to do:

  1. COOKIES: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. (The longer you beat it, the fluffier your cookies will be.)
  4. Add egg and combine well.
  5. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until completely blended.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
  7. Gently press the batter into the greased baking dish and spread out with hands. (If you butter your hands, this will help with the stickiness.)
  8. Bake 17-20 minutes, or until edges become lightly golden.
  9. Set aside to cool completely.
  10. FROSTING: In a medium bowl, cream together butter, powdered sugar, and half and half until light and fluffy.
  11. Stir in vanilla and salt, combine well.
  12. Add food coloring until desired color.
  13. Frost your cooled cookie bars evenly.
  14. Cut into squares and serve.

These were so yummy! And fairly simple to make! I made mine in a disposable tin tray. Mostly because I am lazy (the less dishes the better), but I also find that it easier to get things out of, if worst comes to worse you can cut it and tear the tin off the cookie. I also found that this recipe makes way too much icing for my liking, so if you are not a huge frosting fan, I recomend halving the icing ingredients, but whatever floats your boat!

Hope you Enjoyed today’s post, and maybe feel the urge to go and create something in the kitchen or your craft area!