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!
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1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
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