Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar cookies bars are great for a big party or a Family dinner like what I made them for(since there is about 25 people at family dinner every Tuesday :). They are very simple and they came out just perfect, soft and chewy! This is a fun recipe because you can bake it and frost it for what ever season you would like. These would also be great for a baby shower or something like it because you can decorate it like it is a cake but then slice the bars after. 

Here’s what you’ll need…
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp lemon zest (optional)

Frosting
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 of an 8 oz block) softened 
1 tsp vanilla (I used almond extract for half of the frosting)
¼ tsp salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
food coloring if you want

Ok first in your kitchen aid mixer, Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. 

Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. 

Now add your yummy vanilla. 

In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and stir with a whisk to combine. 

Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined.

Spread on a greased baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan). Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min.

Cool completely and frost with your favorite color.

Maliya was a great Help!

For frosting combine butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.Add vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk a little at a time and mix until smooth and spreading consistency. You may not need all the milk! Spread over cooled cookie bars.

Add in your favorite color and decorate! 

Eat and Enjoy!!!

Original recipe from http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2010/06/sugar-cookie-bars.html

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