Sugar Cookie Bars, or "The one where the bake-aholic could not get any lazier"


Sugar cookies are one of my favorite cookies (I have several favorites). However, while I love the baking and the eating, I am generally (all the time) too lazy for the rolling and the cutting. When I make sugar cookies, I generally just scoop and bake. I have a great cookie cutter collection...my girls use it for peanut butter play-dough.

And really, who is going to turn down a homemade sugar cookie because it is round instead of heart shaped?

Recently I was surfing through various baking blogs and I was stopped in my tracks. A Sugar Cookie Bar! Now all I have to do is dump all my dough on one cookie sheet, flatten it out a little, bake and frost.

And to top it off, when the cyclist saw that pan of frosted goodness, he cut them into bars for me while I lazed about on the couch reading my gossip magazines.

Sugar Cookie Bars
adapted slightly from annemarie-tastebuds.blogspot.com

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla and almond and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and soda. Stir with a whisk to combine. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased baking sheet (half sheet/jelly-roll pan) and bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes (until they're just barely starting to brown). Let cool. Frost and cut into bars.

White Wonder Frosting

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup softened butter
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring (optional)

Blend until smooth.

13 comments:

Mandy said...

I will definately have to try these. Frosted sugar cookies are hands down my most favorite cookie!

Heather said...

mmmm... I like these.

Lindsey Jaye Parry said...

That cyclist is so nice!!! Does it say that Jen is going to get back together with brad?

Courtney said...

These look great - I too am lazy and hate to roll out cookies. Not to mention my rental has tile counters and no rolling pin.

little moma (Summ) said...

Genius... I love a good sugar cookie but always bake something else due to time and effort of rolling/cutting. can't wait to make these.

Lindsey Jaye Parry said...

I wanted to make a comment about how your gossip magazine was three months old anyway, but it looks like I already made a comment.

But that wasn't me.

I hate it when John steals my identity.

"Identity theft isn't a joke Jim. Millions of families suffer every year..."

Morgan said...

Once again, looks amazing! I wish that I lived close to you so that everytime you cooked something delicious up I could come and steal a few!

Lisa Marie Trent said...

It's like Tostito's- it's the same thing, but suddenly tastes better when presented in a new shape.

Katie said...

What a great idea and of course they cut into perfect little bars. So cute

Carol said...

I just found your blog from the Hive! Mmm, yum! Your recipes looks wonderful! I can't wait to try these bars, I'm with you, don't like rolling out the dough! lol
Stop by and visit me sometime, I love to bake too!
http://songberries.blogspot.com

Bake-A-Holic said...

I was clicking through food blogs and found yours. I'm also a bake-a-holic, hence the name of my blog. I also recently made a version of oh-so-simple sugar cookie bars. My favorite.

Anyhoo. You'll have to check out my site since we have that in common.

Cheers!

Bakeaholic from Salt Lake

Ali T said...

Made these for a get together after a baby blessing. My in laws have a BIG family so any sort of food assignment is daunting. Not only did these taste amazing (and surprisingly turn out just like the picture) but it made me the most popular food contributor there.

Zahra said...

would you classify these as soft and moist cookies? :) or hard and crunchy