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Sugar Cookie Bars

These sugar cookie bars are thick, chewy, and take less time than normal sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

Sugar Cookie Bars

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream or milk

Instructions
 

Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8” or 9” square pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, and cornstarch together. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars together on high until light and fluffy - about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the egg and egg yolk. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Add in vanilla extract.
  • Turn the mixer down to low and slowly add the dry ingredients. Turn the mixer off as soon as the ingredients are combined. The dough will be thick.
  • Place the dough into your prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the bars cool completely before adding frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium high for one minute.
  • Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time.
  • Add in vanilla extract and heavy cream. Beat on high about three minutes.
  • Use an angled spatula or knife to spread the frosting onto the cooled cookie bars.

Notes

  • Use the back of a measuring cup or slightly wet hands to press the bars into the parchment lined baking pan. 
  • Make the bars funfetti by folding in 1/2 cup of sprinkles (do not use nonpareils) after step 6.
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