High Heels & Grills: Sugar Cookie Bars

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sugar Cookie Bars

We had a bridal shower for a good friend last month and among all of the delicious food, these sugar cookie bars were the dessert of choice. I'm pretty sure I ate three of them in one sitting. Don't judge.


I've seen the recipe for these in a few different places and all of them say the same thing: "If you want the taste of sugar cookies without having to go through the work and mess of rolling them out, then this is the perfect recipe for you!" I kind of thought they were exaggerating a little bit because let's be real - we roll out sugar cookies because it's fun and it's an adventure, not because it's a pain in the rear. Then I got making these and realized that all of those people were actually right. I was completely done in no time and I wasn't a slave to the kitchen, having to roll, cut, frost, and repeat. It was the perfect dessert! (I found this recipe at Cooking Classy)

Ingredients:

Cookies:
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour is fine)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Several drops of food coloring (optional)

Directions:
  1. COOKIES: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. (The longer you beat it, the fluffier your cookies will be.)
  4. Add egg and combine well.
  5. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until completely blended.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
  7. Gently press the batter into the greased baking dish and spread out with hands. (If you butter your hands, this will help with the stickiness.)
  8. Bake 17-20 minutes, or until edges become lightly golden.
  9. Set aside to cool completely.
  10. FROSTING: In a medium bowl, cream together butter, powdered sugar, and half and half until light and fluffy.
  11. Stir in vanilla and salt, combine well.
  12. Add food coloring until desired color.
  13. Frost your cooled cookie bars evenly.
  14. Cut into squares and serve.  

I have to warn you - these are kind of addicting. Like, scary addicting. But, they honestly might just be worth the few extra pounds. Enjoy!

-Sarah

Linking up here.

87 comments:

  1. These look so good and they're so pretty! What a great idea. Looking forward to see what you come up with next:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  2. Oh yum yum YUMM! I would eat the whole pan.. but my son just asked for sugar cookies the other day- So I pinned this goodness.. I am sure I will be making very very soon! Thank you!

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  3. Yum! I wish I was home so I could make these right now. Going on the things to make list this weekend. :)

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  4. Wow, these look so good! Definitely trying these soon. -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom

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  5. Ok these seriously look so delicious! I am trying these very soon!!!
    http://sincerelyarizona.blogspot.com/

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  6. Yum! I love sugar cookies and will definitely be adding this to my "must make soon" list. Again, yum!

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  7. I have had these on my list of things to make for a long time now! They look so yummy!

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  8. These look so good. I just love sugar cookies. Stopping by from the Likearolemodel blog hop. New follower here. http://lovejoyjunction.blogspot.com/

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  9. Those look delicious. For our after school snack every Wednesdays we have cookies. I will definitely need to add these to our favorites. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I am never a fan of rolling anything out. Of all the things I can do in the kitchen, rolling out dough seems to be something I cannot seem to grasp well (not sure why - I blame it on equipment failure instead of user failure. So these would be perfect to try. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  11. These look soo good, I addicted to sugar cookies. I am going to try making these very soon! Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Adding these to my recipe book right now. They look like they would be great in my kids' lunchboxes and I could control the portion. Perfect little sweet treat!

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  13. Yum. So much easier than cutting out cookies, IMO! I love the almost 50/50 ratio of cookie and frosting.

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  14. I've been wanting to try these! Look awesome!

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  15. these look so yummy! Pinning so i can make them for football season!

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  16. I love the idea of not having to roll out the cookies!

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  17. Oh! These look delightful. Believe it or not, I have to attend a "Christmas in August" party on the weekend and I am going to make some of these, ice them and add some holly shaped sprinkle. Perfect for the "holiday " theme. Thanks for sharing!!

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  18. These are so pretty looking and I love that you don't have to be in the kitchen forever rolling out dough! One pan bar cookies are definitely the way to go!!!

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  19. Saw these on Pinterest and they looked amazing; would you like to enter them in our recipe contest? Check out our Contest page for more details here: www.facebook.com/iCookbook

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  20. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew it wasn't manly day! These look yummy and you sure do have the close up pics down! Perfect shot!

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  21. I can see these being so perfect for a shower! They look so good :)

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  22. Beautiful!! This looks a lot like my Lofthouse Sugar Cookie recipe, but much faster results:) We will have to try these soon!!

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  23. I just pinned this and am so excited to try them....I am so done with my rolling pin ;)

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  24. I do get tired of rolling them out. This is a great solution!

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  25. Hello! It's nice to meet and follow you! Those look so good. Thanks for sharing



    have a great day

    Hope you'll visit me too!


    ciao bella
    sensible sarah

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  26. These bars look sweet and tasty!! And so pretty too!! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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  27. Yum! These sound so good... and I love the pink frosting!

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  28. Found these on pinterest. I made them last night and they are incredible. Just shared the recipe on my blog today with a link to you. Cheers.

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  29. Hi just wondering what half and half is please?

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    1. It is half milk and half light cream which can be found in the refrigerated dairy section. You can also search online for susbstitutes.

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  30. I spend so much time quilting that I hate take the time to mess with dough and cookies sheets. I *will* try these. Thanks for sharing. (Came here from Sew Many Ways.)

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  31. This recipe looks amazing!! I'll have to try it for my next tea! It will make my table look so pretty. I'm visiting from Craft-O-Maniac and am a new follower. It would be great if you could follow me back at http://lifeofblocks.blogspot.com/2012/08/quilt-top-done.html Thanks!

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  32. This is a really lovely recipe and the cookies turned out so nice! Really love the pink frosting!! Am visiting from Craft-O-Maniac and am a new follower. It would be great if you could follow back at http://parklandparish.blogspot.com/

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  33. oh yum!! pinning these!!

    Natasha @ www.serenityyou.com

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  34. No judging here! Those looks incredible...new follower :)

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  35. Im a new follower, thank you so much for this recipe! I am looking for a recipe to share for a charity bake sale. This is perfect :-) thanks

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  36. Wicked!!!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  37. Looks great! I love making cookie bars...so easy with the same great taste!

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  38. So pretty! They look yummy too but i don't think I have seen a prettier picture of cookie bars! And the title on the pic matches the frosting so well! :)

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  39. Just made these and they are delicious. I love how simple the frosting phase is! Found you on Pinterest and just wanted to say thanks for the awesome goodness!

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  40. Oh my gawwwwwd! (in my best squeaky "valley girl" voice...lol) I absolutely love sugar cookies, but I have never mastered the rolling, cutting thing. I cannot wait to try these! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing this and of course, the photo is just beautiful! :)

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  42. These look so delicious. Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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  43. These look so good and pretty!! I meant to share these on my Facebook page but totally forgot, curse you pregnancy brain that never goes away {even though my daughter is almost 18 months old}. I'm doing it now!

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  44. Hey Sarah,
    These are the prettiest cookies and I am sure they taste as good as they look. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  45. Mmm...delicious pink and sugary. Just perfect :)

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  46. Mmm...delicious pink and sugary. Just perfect :)

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  47. Yum!! These look awesome!! I would love it if you linked this project up at my link party! Here is the link:

    http://thewellcraftedhome.blogspot.com/2012/08/well-crafted-wednesdays-18-link-party.html

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  48. Please, can anyone tell me if the butter used is non-salted or salted butter? Thanks!
    Cindy

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  49. Hello, I would like to try making these soon...please, did you use salted or unsalted butter for the cookie and frosting?
    thanks, Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, I used salted butter for the cookies and unsalted for the frosting, but the next time I make them, I will use salted for both. Either way will work, but I recommend using the salted butter for both! Good luck! I'd love to know how it turns out!! :) P.S. Sorry it took so long. I responded through e-mail a couple hours ago, but didn't know that you are labeled as a 'no-reply commenter'. To eliminate something like this in the future, be sure to turn off the 'no-reply commenter' in your settings tab. Thank you Cindy! Have a fab night :)

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  50. yum!!! Just wanted to let you know you are being featured at this weeks Tasteful Tuesday party! This link will go live at 8:30 tonight!
    http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2012/09/somewhat-healthy-ice-cream-sandwich-and.html

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  51. These are sooo good. I need to put foil around the sides and edges next time, because they ended up a little hard and brown. SOOOOO good. I will make these for a party or a "Thank You" for letting my child come for a playdate!!

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  52. These are sooo good. I need to put foil around the sides and edges next time, because they ended up a little hard and brown. SOOOOO good. I will make these for a party or a "Thank You" for letting my child come for a playdate!!

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  53. I love the color of your frosting! So pretty! I bet these taste wonderful as well :) Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

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  54. I saw this on Pinterest - they look amazing! I can't wait to try them!

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  55. Do you store these in a sealed container at room temp., or do you refrigerate them?

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  56. Do you store these in a sealed container at room temp. or in the refrigerator? Or some other way? I'm making them tonight for a party tomorrow! Thanks!

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    1. Hey Katie, I'm sorry I'm so late in replying!! :( If you are going to stack them, I would either put them in the refrigerator or I even actually froze some and they were just fine to eat, once I let them thaw out a bit! If not, then they are just fine to leave out. I hope this helps! Again, I'm sorry I'm so late! Let me know how they turn out for ya!! :)

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  57. Just found your beautiful blog, and these AMAZING sugar cookie bars. Absolutely LOVE them!

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  58. I made these tonite...totally delicious. Thank u thank u thank u! So easy too :)

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  59. Made these for my sons snack day at school, and I kept a few for myself. Very yummy!

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  60. Awesome. I am so excited to try these. For me, it's not the rolling out and cutting that's annoying (I'm like you--I love the adventure of making cute shapes), it's the 2 hours of refrigerating the dough that's frustrating! I don't think that far ahead when it comes to treats! So, I love that these don't require any refrigeration! What a fast way to make sugar cookies. Thanks :)

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  61. Made these last night... HOLY COW!

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  62. I plan to have my sister mke them for me :) That way I can't eat too many & no work! Shouldn't be hard to trick her into it...I'm just gonna send her the link right now :)

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  63. These look so yummy! The ids an I can't wait to get them in our tummy! Thanks for sharing that great recipe.

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  64. Making this recipe for the second time now....they were fabulous first time around. Today I will decorate the frosting with Butterfinger bits.

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  65. Making this recipe for the second time now....they were fabulous first time around. Today I will decorate the frosting with Butterfinger bits.

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  66. These look amazing! Did you use a 9x13 pan or a jelly roll pan?
    Thanks,
    Sandy

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    1. Thanks girl! I used a 9x13 inch pan :) I hope you love them!

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  67. Made a batch to bring to the inlaws for our holiday visit and forgot them at home.....oh darn, guess the second batch was neccessary. Holy tum! Huge hit and easy!

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  68. I made these this past weekend and they were delicious! I followed the recipie exactly. Everyone that tried them thought they were wonderful too. And so much easier than cutouts!!

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  69. My dough was also more like a crumble, but it pressed into the pan pretty easily, and the resulting cookie was fine. Just don't overbake! I found 17 minutes to be more than enough baking time.

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  70. Hi! This looks tasty! Is the sour cream needed for consistency or taste? I'm asking because I want to make these right now but I don't have sour cream on hand. Any substitutions? Thanks!

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  71. They look delicious, making them as we speak. Going to a family dinner and I doubled the recipe and put them In a sheet cake pan. I can't wait to try them! :)

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  72. Wow, I made these last night when I was bored and they're amazing. I didn't have any half and half for the frosting so I used strawberry kefir. Pretty freakin good.

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  73. I just made these! I didn't have sour cream so we'll see how that turns out.... also used milk instead of half & half for frosting and it still turned out delicious!

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  74. These were ridiculously good. I promise I ate more than the 3 you claim you ate. How is that few even possible? I am making them a few days later (today) already. They were a hit and already requested again. Thank you!

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  75. I just made these! They were pretty good but mine turned out pretty dry..any suggestions?? I'm new to baking so that could be it too ;)
    Thanks for the recipe tho!

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  76. About to make these...you look like Reese Witherspoon :D

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  77. Just made to batches of these for the holidays, i changed one thing and instead of the food color i added maraschino cherries and the juice. Huge hit!

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