Monday, February 14, 2011

Love in Cookie Form... Sprinkles Optional!

So I LOVE a nice soft sugar cookie. However I am not a big fan of the mess or the length of time to create picture perfect sugar cookies. So sadly sugar cookies appeared from my oven about once a year. Then my life was changed when I kept blog hopping and seeing recipes for Sugar Cookie Bars. Now I am not usually a bar kinda gal unless it is a good ole brownie. However I ♥ these babies!!! I get all the yummy goodness of a chewy soft sugar cookie in less amount of time than it usually takes one batch to bake! So here is my version:

Super Sugar Cookie Bars
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a jelly roll pan/stone. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and soda and gradually add to creamed mixture. Press dough into jelly roll pan with greased hands. Bake for 12-15 minutes. I truly recommend 15 minutes especially if you are using a stoneware bar pan. They will be a beautiful golden brown around the edges when done. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting. If you have a buttercream frosting recipe you love, feel free to use it. I cheated and used canned frosting because I am lazy like that;) and then topped with sprinkles even though I rank those up there with glitter, because I love my children:)
I also recommend letting them sit for a few hours before you cut into bars if you want them to look "pretty" otherwise the frosting doesn't set up. However I will admit I can't usually manage this for the first half of the pan;P
P.S. If you like a thin crunchy sugar cookie these are NOT the cookie for you. Phew, had to get that disclaimer out there...