Friday, October 2, 2009

Sugar Cookie Bars

First I have to address our love for Alabama football. College football is what our family lives for. Each Saturday we gather as a family, take in the games and eat lots of food. I usually make the dessert, so I wanted to start the season off right and decorate the cookie bars Bama style!! I saw this recipe a few months back and I was intrigued by the idea of making sugar cookies in the ease of a bar. This recipe was so simple, just throw some dough in the pan, bake, and ice…a HUGE time saver!  The cookie itself was really tasty, soft and buttery. I think my favorite part though was the icing, which was so soft and creamy! I'm pretty sure I caught my Husband licking the icing out of the pan! Have a good weekend. ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Sugar Cookie Bars

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1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, and soda. Stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan). Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Mine baked for closer to 18 minutes.) Cool completely and frost.
For the Frosting:
1/2 cup unsalted butter; at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
a pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons milk
food coloring (optional)
For frosting, combine butter and shortening until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1 to 2 cup increments until combined, then add milk and mix until smooth and spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cookie, then cut into bars.
Source Adapted From: The Repressed Pastry Chef, originally from Anissa’s Kitchen


Kristina said...

Did you have a stencil for that "A"? I mean, I would totally believe that you free-handed that because its you we are talking about here! But for the rest of us, so they make outlines or something?! (OU outline for me, of course!)

Kim said...

haha, I found the "A" online, printed a copy and and cut out an outline. So yes, I did use a stencil...I can't free hand that good!!