Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sugar Cookie Bars

These are yummy!

1 cup butter at room temp.
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla & mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt & soda & 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 350 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden tan or until a toothpick comes out clean. Don't over bake. Cool completely and frost.

1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla or almond flavor
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbl. milk or heavy cream
Food coloring, if desired

Combine butter, vanilla, and salt in mixer bowl.  Using whisk attachment beat until creamy and combined.  Add about one cup powdered sugar, then mix to combine.  Add milk or heavy cream (start with 3 Tablespoons; you can add more later) and beat to incorporate.  With mixer running at low speed, slowly add remaining powdered sugar.  Add more liquid at this point, if needed.  Once sugar has been added and mixed in, beat frosting on medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes or until light and fluffy.  Blend in food coloring, if desired.  Frost cookies, then top with sprinkles before cutting and serving.

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