I'm not sure if you recall or not, but my last post mentioned how this past weekend was my daughters birthday Ice Cream Social. Well, she's not a huge fan of cake, frosting yes, cake not so much. So I decided to make her these sugar cookie bars and frost them and decorate them just like I would have if I made a cake. Well, I'm not sure I'm brave enough to show the decorated cookie…it was pretty bad. I can't decorate to save my life! But on the positive side, the cookie tasted amazing!
In addition to the cookie bars we also had ice cream obviously. I got three different flavors and got those plastic sundae cups for the kids to take home with them. I had every topping you can think of and we just let the kids top them as they wanted. It was a success!
OK, back to the cookie bars. When baking them, it's important to not over cook them. I cooked them until the middle wasn't shiny anymore but it didn't look done. I still took them out and followed the instructions from the original recipe. It worked. They were done in the middle and they have great flavor! The frosting I used was a perfect accompaniment to the cookie. Nice buttery flavor.
This would be a great dessert for the non-cake lovers in your life. All the kids loved them!
Sugar Cookie Bars
Recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
- 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest (optional)
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 375º
- Spray a 9x13 inch dish with non-stick cooking spray
- In a medium bowl (or your mixing bowl), cream together the butter and both sugars. Add the eggs, zest and the vanilla extract and mix for 1-2 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet mix. Mix until combined.
- Pour/press the mixture into the dish. I found that your hands work best.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes. Do not over bake. The color will remain pale, the sides will not be golden and the middle will just barely be set.
- Remove from the oven and let cool before frosting.
Recipe from AllRecipes
- 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
- 4 cups confectioners sugar
- 4 Tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- food coloring of your choice
- Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer. Add the milk and vanilla extract and cream. Add the color of your choice.