Pretty Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

by Amanda F Posted on April 21, 2011

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Who doesn’t love the taste of a sugar cookie, especially those with frosting! Sugar cookies can be a lot of work though. You have to chill the dough, roll it out, cut out shapes with cookie cutters, reroll, etc. Well, give yourself a break and make these sugar cookie bars instead! Frost them with pretty colors to celebrate any occasion.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you might also like this Checkerboard Cake in pastel colors, or maybe these brownies baked in a cast iron skillet!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 t almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

FROSTING:
1/2 cup butter softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I used 4 1/2 cups)
3-5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring or icing paste

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and egg until nice and frothy. About 4 minutes. Add the vanilla and almond extract and beat for 1 minute more.

In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix them around so that all ingredients are well incorporated. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat for about 2 minutes. Press the dough into a large jelly roll (cookie sheet) pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let the pan cool completely.

To make the frosting, in a medium sized bowl (or your stand mixer) combine the butter and cream cheese. Beat for about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring. Mix for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Frost your pan of cookies. Cut the cookies into bars and serve.

For more fun projects from Amanda, follow along on her blog Crafts by Amanda or get great recipes on Amanda’s Cookin’.

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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    Love it …so easy and time saving …even down to the multi colored frosting!

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    These look wonderful, wow I want to bake them for Easter! Love them and thank you for sharing.

  3. Joey Says:

    YUM & oh so creative. These do look easy and fun – i like the multi-colored frosting. You always have such great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  4. craftsbyamanda Says:

    Thanks you guys!

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Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda (http://craftsbyamanda.com/) and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin' (http://amandascookin.com/)

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