July 3, 2010

Sugar Cookie Bars

These will be my downfall.

I should seriously stop making cookies, bars, brownies and anything of the sort.

It’s just that these sugar cookie bars are so rich and dense and colorful and delicious and…and…

I honestly don’t have much to say about these. No quirky anecdotes or heartwarming family stories, just cookie and icing and yum. Although I did end up making them after a disastrous flank steak fiasco, but that’s a tale for another day….I need time to heal.

So, in the meantime, I suggest that you wrap your own kitchen-scarred heart in the soft, warm blankie of love that is these sugar cookie bars and leave the complicated stuff for another day.

To begin, place some butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl.

These are the building blocks of deliciosity.

While you dream of owning a humongous KitchenAid stand mixer with all the fixin’s, use your eighties-era hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar.

This butter mixture looks radioactive.

In a separate, larger bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking soda.

This recipe calls for a LOT of flour.

Then, because you forgot to take a picture of the combined dough, go ahead and spread the dough in a greased baking dish.

I just realized that it’s like a cookie cake! *exasperated sigh*

Bake for 15-20 minutes and let cool.

I baked mine for just over 15 minutes and it was pretty gooey, so if you want it a bit crunchier bake it for 20 minutes or a little more.

While the bars are still warm, cut off a little piece to…check the seasonings.

I’m all about quality control.

Don’t you believe me?!

Anyway, while the bars are cooling, it’s time to start working on the icing.

Start off by combining softened cream cheese and butter.

We’re off to a promising start.

Add vanilla and a teensy, tiny bit of salt.

It’s getting fluffier!

Then, cup by cup, add the powdered sugar.

By the time you get to that third cup, you also get a great arm workout.

Once it’s nice and fluffy, add a few splashes of milk to make it spreadable.

This is a pre-milk photo. The final icing will look creamier.

Now that the bars are nice and cooled, plop a huge dollop of icing in the center and spread around with a knife.

As you can see, more than just a nibble had disappeared by then. My mom and sister are sticklers for accuracy, like me.

If you want, save a little bit of icing and add some food coloring to pipe some lovely designs on the bars.

Like flowers!

The first picture looks different because, although the flowers looked pretty like this, they didn't look so great cut up.

After seeing my incredible artistic endeavors, I’m sure you’re feeling very inspired and are just itching to make these for yourself, so I won’t keep you in suspense any longer…

Sugar Cookie Bars

Recipe from “The Girl Who Ate Everything”

Printable Recipe

1 cup Butter, room temperature
2 cups Sugar
4 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
5 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Lemon Zest (
optional, I didn't use any)

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, baking soda and stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread in a greased baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean (they won't look done so do the toothpick test). Cool completely and frost.

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 of an 8 oz block) softened
1 tsp vanilla (I used almond extract for half of the frosting)
¼ tsp salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
food coloring (if desired)

For frosting combine butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk a little at a time and mix until smooth and spreading consistency. You may not need all the milk! Spread over cooled cookie bars.


  1. These do look yummy, and I'm not a fan of sugar cookies!

  2. I'm pretty sure these would be my downfall as well!! I really love the icing you did on these as well. Very pretty :)

  3. Thanks Alison! Swirly flowers are pretty much as far as my drawing skills go, therefore they end up on everything.

  4. wow...now those look very tasty! I love the frosting and the design.....great job!

  5. Really cute, can't go wrong with sugar cookies and icing, winning combination! Pretty flowers!

  6. @Chef Dennis, @Just Food Snobs

    Thanks! All I can say about the frosting/cookie combo is one must exercise extreme caution. A pan of those sitting on your kitchen counter is just cruel. :D

  7. AnonymousJuly 04, 2010

    I love the flowers, before and after they were cut. Very creative solution! Very yummy cookie bars too!


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