I love frosted sugar cookies. However, the whole process of making the dough, rolling it out, cutting it into cute little shapes and decorating is a bit too much for me these days. So when I saw this recipe a few years ago for Sugar Cookie Bars I bookmarked it instantly (this year I would have pinned it, but two years ago it was a bookmark.)
This year I made these as an alternative to a birthday cake since we were having cake at least two other times for Ella’s birthday. If you are looking for a cute alternative to birthday cake these make a great choice. I let Ella decorate them and they turned out really cute.
When I make these bars for Christmas I will do half of the pan in one color and the other half in another. There are lots of options with these bars. You could even make them on a pizza stone and shape them however you would like (like a tree or a heart.)
When you are spreading the dough into the sheet pan it helps to use some plastic wrap. I just place it on top of the dough and pat it flat with my hands. This way your hands don’t stick to the dough.
So, if you are like me and the decorating piece comes second to the baking part of making cookies, then you need to try these cookies. They are a go-to in my cookie repertoire and I bet the will be for you, too!
This recipe was adapted from The Repressed Pasty Chef.
- 1 cup butter - softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 5 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- Use your favorite frosting to go with these.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add eggs one at a time and then the vanilla.
- Combine flour, salt and soda and mix with a whisk. Slowly add to the wet ingredients just until combined.
- Spread dough evenly into a large sheet pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes until bars are lightly browned. Cool completely and frost with your favorite frosting. I use this vanilla buttercream.