Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: 12 to 15 bars Active time: 20 minutes Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes February 22, 2020

Our Sunday friends have fallen in love with Lofthouse cookies, a very soft sugar cookie frosted with colorful icing found in the baking section of most grocery stores. I’m looking for a great recipe for homemade Lofthouse cookies, but this version caught my eye because they’re made in bar form. If you need a sweet treat for a kid’s school party or to feed a crowd, these are great. Customize the color of the icing and the type of sprinkles for any theme.

Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (6 oz.) butter, softened to cool room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (5.5 oz.) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1 oz.) powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tbs. fresh lemon zest (optional)
  • 2 1/4 cups (11.25 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Frosting

  • 6 Tbs. (3 ox.) butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ox.) powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs. milk or cream
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles

Directions

Preheat oven to 375º.

For the bars, in a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest (optional), flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.

Lightly grease a 9- x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and grease. Press the sugar cookie dough into an even layer in the bottom of the pan.

Bake for 10 to 13 minutes. Don't over-bake! The bars should have hardly any color around the edges and barely be set in the middle. Let the bars cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

Cream together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth (if the mixture has trouble coming together, add a drop or two of milk). Add in the vanilla, milk or cream, and food coloring (if using), and mix until the frosting is light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

Spread the frosting over the cooled bars and top with sprinkles.

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