Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars

adapted just a tinge from jamiecooksitup

Makes one 9x13 inch pan

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Cost: $2.20

(sugar: .25, butter: .60, cream cheese: 1.00, egg: .10, flour: .25)

for frosting: $1.20

(butter: .30, cream cheese: .50, sugar: .40)

1 1/2 C sugar

1 C butter, quite soft, maybe even a little melty (I don't like to have to work too hard when I'm mixing a cookie)

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 egg

1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 1/2 C flour

food coloring if you wish


1/2 C butter, softened or slightly melted

4 oz cream cheese, softened

3 C powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

food coloring if you wish

Beat butter, cream cheese, sugar, and egg until nice and whippy. Add vanilla and almond extract and beat. 

Add flour, baking powder and baking soda. You can mix the dry ingredients beforehand, but I usually don't because I'm hopelessly lazy and don't believe in most recipes that require anything more from me. 

Beat it all until incorporated. If you're going to color your batter, beat in the food coloring. 

Put into slightly greased 9x13 inch pan and spread evenly with a spatula. 

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. 

Let cool completely. (Ha, that was another malfunction we may or may not have had. I was just hoping that when I threw the hot pan in the refrigerator it wouldn't melt the milk carton. Here's to cooking like a pro.)

For frosting:

Beat butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and sugar. Beat until creamy. Add food coloring or sprinkles if you like. 

Spread on cooled cake, or, um, the cake you pull from the refrigerator with the slightly warm bottom that you consider to be 'probably fine.' Here's to things that are 'probably fine.' And you know what, they probably are. 

Take them in the car to your (hopefully) showers-optional Valentine's Day party. Take care not to let your toddler or pre-schooler step anywhere near them as they will surely be compelled to step directly into the middle of the pan if allowed within two feet of it. 

Cut into bars at the party when they (the bars not the party) really have cooled completely.  

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