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Monday, February 13, 2012

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars!

The most delicious, easy, and fun sugar cookie recipe ever! I made these for a Valentine's Day themed cocktail party that I hosted this past weekend and they were a huge hit. The best part about this recipe, other than how tasty they are, is the fact that it made enough to serve probably 50 people. That is not an exaggeration. Its so much simpler than using a cookie cutter. Adapted from Lets Dish Recipes.

2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each egg. Add the vanilla and beat. Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and add slowly to the batter. Mix just until incorporated. Spread dough on a well-greased (with butter) baking sheet (13x18 or 10x15). Do your best to make the top smooth. Bake for 10-15 minutes- do not overbake. Remove from oven when toothpick just comes out clean in the center. Let cool completely. While cooling, make the frosting. 

1 stick butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar 
3 tablespoons milk

Beat together the butter and cream cheese in an electric mixer. Add the vanilla and beat together. Add the sugar, a bit at a time, beating to incorporate. Add the milk (you may need more or less than this) until frosting is desired consistency. Spread over cooled cookie sheet and decorate however you want. Once the frosting has hardened a bit (I put mine in the fridge) cut into squares and serve!

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