Sugar Cookie Bars

This came about from a craving for sugar cookies, but without the desire to make the dough, cool, roll, cut, and bake. I wanted something plain and simple, easy to make, with delicious results.

These cookie bars are just that. The dough takes about five minutes to whip up, you press it all into a pan, then bake, cool, and top with the frosting that also comes together in a flash.

I got the recipe here, and I am so glad I finally gave these a go! They have been on my Pinterest boards forever, and were desperately crying out for me to make them. They are soft, chewy, and just everything you want in a simple sugar cookie. Not going to lie, I cut the bars into 16 pieces, so slightly smaller than the recipe calls for, but I feel like 16 is the perfect number. Paul was also watching, and he was very excited for a big piece of a cookie bar. (He also basically licked the bowl clean when I finished spreading the frosting… What can I say? The man loves his sweets!)

Go make these! Please, you need them in your life!

Ingredients

Yield: About 12-16 bars, depending on cut size

For the cookie dough:

½ c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. sour cream
1 egg
½ tsp. vanilla
2½ c. flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. kosher or sea salt

For the frosting:

½ c. butter, softened
4 c. icing sugar
4-6 tbsp. whipping cream (milk works as well, just use less)
½ tsp. vanilla
Pinch kosher or sea salt
Food colouring (if desired)
Sprinkles (if desired)

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper, set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until pale and well-combined.

Add in the sour cream, egg, and vanilla, and mix again. Add in the flour, salt, and baking powder, and mix on low speed until completely incorporated and a cohesive dough forms.

Press into the prepared baking pan in an even layer. Bake in the preheated oven for 16-17 minutes. If the edges start to turn brown, take out of the oven immediately.

Let cool completely before frosting.

While the cookie bars are cooling, make the frosting.

In the bowl of a mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the butter until creamy. Add in the icing sugar, a half cup at a time, adding in the vanilla and a little bit of milk or cream at a time to get to the right consistency (it should be spreadable, but not too thin). Add in the food colouring, and whip until cohesive.

Spread onto the cooled cookie bars, then remove from pan (the parchment paper is helpful here…. handles!) and slice into bars. Store in the refrigerator for firmer icing, or at room temperature for softer icing.

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Chewy Sugar Cookies

Wow, these cookies were awesome! So simple to make, and they were gone in about a day and a half. (Granted, I did give some away, but that’s a story for later in the post!)

I loved how simple this recipe was, and how it yielded some great results. All the ingredients are basic, pantry staples, and I couldn’t have been happier. It was the perfect recipe for a “Wake-up-and-randomly-decide-to-make-cookies” kind of day. I had everything I needed, and as I said before, the result was a soft, chewy cookie, so simple, and so tasty.

I found the original recipe here, and followed it to a tee. There were no changes that I made, because the recipe is so simple and straightforward. If you’re really being nitpicky, I did use a clear vanilla extract instead of the brown vanilla extract, but that was because I wanted the cookies to stay a beautiful pure white colour.

The reason that these cookies went so fast, was because I gave some away. The weekend I made these, I was taking care of a friend’s dogs. I went over to her house to walk the dogs before bed, and as I was leaving, it was very dark out, and I turned a little too sharply while backing out of her driveway. I ended up bottoming out the left side of my car in a massive snowdrift! I had to dig out my car, and I was wrestling with the snowdrift for probably half an hour, or more. My friend had some guests staying with her, and they got back to the house and helped me push my car free. Huzzah! So these cookies were “I-want-cookies” cookies, but also “Thank-you-for-pushing-my-car-out-of-a-huge-snowdrift-because-reversing-in-the-dark-is-much-more-difficult-in-unfamiliar-driveways” cookies. Yeah, you got tired reading that? Imagine how I felt. It was a hot mess! (Also, I promise I’m a good driver. The driveway is just unfamiliar, curved, and there were obstacles to avoid, hence the sharp turn.)

Either way, these cookies are absolutely wonderful. They will definitely become something I make more often, with how simple and easy they are, with such high results!

Ingredients

Yield: Approx. 3½ dozen cookies

1 c. butter, softened
1½ c. sugar
1 egg
2¼ c. flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ c. sugar, for garnishing

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, or Silpat sheets.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the egg and mix until well-combined.

Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla until well-mixed and cohesive.

Scoop cookie dough by the teaspoonful and roll into a ball. Roll in the garnishing sugar.

Place cookie balls on a baking sheet, and flatten slightly with your hand.

Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks, and store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Mint Sugar Cookie Bars


Hello friends!

I think lately I’ve been baking as a form of procrastination. I have a lot of school work to do, and I don’t always want to do it. (But I always get it done, don’t worry!) Every once in a while, lately on weekends, I’ve been deciding to bake up a storm. These sugar cookie bars came about on a bit of a whim, and I’m so glad they did!


Chocolate and mint is not for everyone, but Paul and I are huge fans! The nice thing about these bars is they don’t take very long to mix up. Call me a simple woman, but I’m all about things that don’t have me spending all day in the kitchen. (I love those recipes too, but I need to be in the mood to make them!)

I found the original recipe here, and while I didn’t have Andes mint bars, I decided to top them off with chocolate chips, because why not. If you are a fan of chocolate and mint together, I guarantee these will hit the spot!

Ingredients

Yield: Approx. 24 bars

For the cookie base:

½ c. butter, softened
½ c. brown sugar
½ c. sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. milk
2 c. flour
½ c. cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

For the mint frosting:

½ c. butter, softened
½ tsp. mint extract
6 tbsp. heavy cream
¼ tsp. salt
4 c. icing sugar
green food colouring (optional)
mint chips/chocolate chips (for garnish)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until combined. Add in egg, vanilla and milk. Beat again.

In a medium bowl, add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, and whisk to combine evenly. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until a cohesive dough is formed.

Press dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 14-15 minutes. Do not overbake.

Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat the butter, mint extract, and heavy cream together until smooth and fluffy. Add in the salt, icing sugar, and food colouring and beat until smooth and creamy.

Spread over cooled bars and garnish as desired. Slice into squares and serve!

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies 1

 Have you ever had those amazing soft sugar cookies that you can buy in the stores? You know, the ones that they change depending on the season, the time of year, and so on? Well, after trying a bunch of different kinds, my favourite were the orange kinds. The icing tasted like creamsicles, and I’m a sucker for creamsicles.

I’ve always wanted to try and replicate those cookies, because if we ever buy a container, they don’t last longer than 2 or 3 days tops. Considering I like to think I’m a fair hand at baking, I wanted to try my luck at these cookies. This is the second time I’ve made these. The first time, we definitely made orange icing that tasted just as good, if not better, than the store-bought kind. It was heaven.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies 2

Tonight, I had a baking/dessert craving hit. I couldn’t decide if I wanted cookies, cake, ice cream, or something else, and I turned to Annie’s Eats yet again. I was just browsing around, looking through some archives, and stumbled upon these.

Let me just say, it was a good choice.

Here’s the link to the Annie’s Eat’s original recipe for Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies.

I decided to recreate that fabulous creamsicle flavour, and added orange extract and some red and yellow food colouring to get a soft orange colour. However, you can modify these to suit your tastes and mood. I’ve seen strawberry flavoured cookies, but you could make mint, chocolate, practically anything under the sun! My mom got me some root beer concentrate, and I think next time I make these, I may have to try Root Beer Sugar Cookies! Needles to say, I am quite happy with the results… the cookie is moist and soft, and perfectly complimented by the icing. These are worth the hour long chill time for the dough! Happy summer cookie baking!

 Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies 3

Ingredients

Yield: About 2 dozen large cookies

Cookies:
4½ c. flour
4½ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
1½ c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ c. sugar
3 large eggs
5 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting:
5 c. icing sugar
1/3 c. unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
7-8 tbsp. milk (plus more, if necessary)
Food colouring (optional)
Flavouring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, and whisk to blend. In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter and sugar, and cream until light and fluffy. Beat the eggs in one at a time, mixing after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients until just incorporated and evenly mixed. Cover and chill dough for an hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Scoop out a little less than a quarter cup of dough, and roll into a ball. Flatten slightly, and place on the baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies about 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, being careful not to overbake. Edges should be lightly browned at the most. Let cool on the baking sheets for a couple minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To frost the cookies, place icing sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter, vanilla and milk and whisk until smooth. Whisk in additional milk as necessary until you reach a desired consistency. Tint with food colouring and flavourings as desired. Use an offset spatula or spoon to frost the cooled cookies. If the frosting starts to thicken, add in tiny amounts of milk to keep it workable. Garnish with sprinkles if desired, and store in an airtight container.