Sugar Cookie Bars
Sugar Cookie Bars are thick, soft-baked and topped with the best cream cheese frosting! Sugar cookie bars bake in a cookie sheet so there is plenty serve a crowd. Change up the frosting color and sprinkles for any event or Holiday.
Servings 40 bars
sugar cookie bars
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (I use salted)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
cream cheese frosting
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- food coloring & sprinkles, if desired
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet (12"x17" or 13"x18") by spraying with cooking spray.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a hand held mixer, cream butter and sugar until light & fluffy. This will take 2-3 minutes. It will look dry and crumbly at first but then come together and get creamy after a couple minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and stir with a whisk to combine. Add to the wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread onto the prepared cookie sheet. * The dough should spread easily but if needed, drop large spoonful's of it all over the cookie sheet and then spread it out that way.
Bake for 13-16 min, until edges are just barely light golden brown and the center looks pale & puffy. The center should not look wet at all, but it should still be very pale. Mine usually take the full 15 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan before frosting.
I store leftovers at room temperature on a covered plate. You can put them in the fridge but I feel like they get kind of "gummy" when they are really cold. I know there is cream cheese in the frosting but I've never had trouble with storing them at room temperature.
If you don't like almond extract just substitute with additional vanilla extract. The almond extract is amazing in these bars so try it!
Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg