Do you like sugar cookies? I do. My grandmother makes the best sugar cookies of anyone I know. My whole family can vouch for that. I have tried to make frosted sugar cookies and they just don’t measure up. However, I came across this recipe and it is a GREAT alternative to cookies. I mean, really. They are cookies in a bar form. That means, no rolling out dough, using a cookie cutter, baking several dozen, etc. These are so easy!
Note the frosting to bar ratio. Perfect.
But first, I decided to make these bars at my parents house after we decided to go visit them overnight. It is always fun to bake in someone else’s kitchen. Our winter in ND has been fairly non-existent (that is not a complaint), but this morning, we were greeted by winter’s best feature: frosted trees. I think they are so gorgeous.
The frost and the cold Missouri river kind of make a pretty, yet eerie scene. Gorgeous, nonetheless.
Another good deal on these bars? Simple ingredients mixed in one bowl.
Sugar Cookie Bars via Crunchy Rock
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1. 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 (jelly roll) pan and bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes.
6. Cool and frost (see directions below).
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)
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.
Hi from my Mom’s kitchen! She was kind enough to take this photo of me creaming the butter and sugars together with her lovely Kitchen Aid hand mixer. It worked wonderfully.
After quickly following the directions, you just need to press the dough into a greased jelly roll pan. I baked these for about 16 minutes until the middle was just set. They looked a lot like a big cookie. Weird, huh?
My parents had just returned from a month-trip around the southern United States and they were sweet enough to bring me back some Mexican Vanilla. It is so good! Good thing too, I had ran out of the stuff my grandma had bought for me a while back. Thanks Mom!
Meanwhile, we also brought Winston and FeistyCat Brinklie to see their grandparents. They had no trouble making themselves at home. They love it here, especially Winston as he can run around anywhere he wants outside and the neighbors have a springer he plays with.
I took this photo because I thought she looked like a little statue sitting there. So cute!
OK, back to the food. You need some more butter, Crisco (no substitutes!) and other traditional frosting ingredients. This comes together in no time.
Frost your bars, covering as much of the edges as possible. I decided to put some sprinkles on top, just for fun. You could also use coloring if you wanted to tint your frosting. Like say, pink for Valentine’s Day for your sweetie.
The bars after frosting them. Make sure they are cooled completely! I stuck them outside to firm up. A cold fridge would work too.
OK, after cooling the bars, cut them as evenly as you can. Not my strong point, for sure. This is a large pan and makes a lot of cookies. This would be a great thing if your kid needs to take some treats to school.
My hand model with a bar. Love the sprinkles!
Get in my belly.
Once again, the middle bars are my favorite. I really liked these and would make them again and again. Great recipes, easy to throw together. Generally people pleasing. Make these if you like those Lofthouse style frosted cookies you see at the grocery store!