SUGAR COOKIE BARS
- 3/4 cup butter, softened to cool room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest (optional)
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk or cream
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- sprinkles (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes.
Add lemon zest, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.
Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray.
Press sugar cookie mixture gently into an even layer. (I used a tart tamper to get it nice and even.)
Bake for 10-13 minutes. Don't overbake! The bars shouldn't have any color around the edges and barely be set in the middle.
Let the bars cool completely before frosting.
NOTE ON FROSTING: I'm a frosting girl and wanted to make sure these bars were amply frosted so I doubled it. It was plenty!
For the frosting, cream together the butter and powdered sugar. (Whenever I'm adding powdered sugar, I add a little bit at a time and beat well after each addition. This should keep the lumps out.)
Add the vanilla and milk.
Mix until frosting is light and fluffy.
Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe