Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars: (from A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll)


Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.


2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.


3. Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.


4. Add the vanilla to the creamed mixture and then slowly add the dry ingredients.


5. Press into a greased 13 x 18 inch pan and bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes. (You can use another shaped pan that is similar in size, but a 9x13 will be too small.)


6. Cool and frost (see directions below).


Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup shortening

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

4 cups powdered sugar

5 tablespoons of milk

food coloring (optional)

sprinkles (optional)


Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl, beat the shortening and butter until creamy.


2. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar.


3. Gradually add the 5 tablespoons of milk until you reach your desired constancy.


4. For the sprinkles, I found that they rolled all over the place.  To help this, place a sheet of plastic wrap over the frosted sugar cookies and gently press the sprinkles into the frosting.


5. Chill and cut.


(These cut beautifully with a pizza wheel cutter.)


*Trouble shooting:

- Yes, you may make the frosting with all butter. They turn out great!

- Yes, the recipe calls for 5 cups of flour. This is not a mistake. They make a lot.

- Do not try and make these in a 9x13 pan. They will end up very thick if you do.

- Do not over bake these. Over baking and using and/or using an incorrect size pan will result in a dry sugar cookie bar.

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