Sugar Cookie Bars

From the second I saw these bars pop up in my Google Reader, I knew I had to make them. I love the taste of sugar cookies, but sometimes it’s just not worth the time and effort. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed doing the sugar cookie comparison last December. I also really enjoyed trying royal icing for the first time this St Patty’s Day. But, sometimes I want a sugar cookie without all the fuss.

This recipe is perfect for those times. It consists of a delicious sugar cookie based topped with a super sweet buttercream frosting. These bars could be made for any occasion and come together so quickly. It was also fun to bust out my large offset spatula. I’m so used to frosting with a piping bag, but I managed alright.

The next time I make these (and I have a feeling it will be soon), I will definitely cut them smaller. For some reason I had in my head that these needed to be cut into 30 bars. I was likely thinking of a different bar recipe, but I just cut them into 30 bars without thinking. Let me tell you, when you make a jelly roll worth of cookie bars, it makes 30 big bars. Of course the size of these bars didn’t have an impact on how quickly they disappeared. I took these to a weekly get-together and everyone loved them.

Sugar Cookie Bars – from The Repressed Pasty Chef
1 cup butter; room temp.
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla & mix well.

In a separate bowl combine flour, salt & soda & stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined.

Spread on a greased baking sheet (I lined my 11×17 jelly roll pan with parchment paper).

Bake for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and frost.

Frosting1/2 cup butter at room temp
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
food coloring (optional)

For frosting combine butter and shortening until smooth and creamy.

Add vanilla and salt.

Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk & mix until smooth and spreading consistency.

Spread over cooled cookie (and add sprinkles), then cut into bars.

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7 Responses to “Chicken Parmesan Burgers”

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — August 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

    This sounds awesome! The pictures are wonderful as well. I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get good burger pictures. I love the pizza sauce on this! Thanks!

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    We Are Not Martha — August 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Yum! I love chicken parmesan and I love burgers, so why not, right? They look delicious!

    Sues

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    Melissa — August 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I love how there are so many variations of burgers! Yours sound delcious!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — August 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I love chicken parmesan so this sound so great to me! Like you, I love living in the city but wish I could grill during the summer!

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    ellysaysopa.com — August 19, 2010 at 1:37 am

    So glad you liked them! Love the caramelized onions on top. I just had a burger with bbq caramelized onions this week. 🙂

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    an adventure in wool — September 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    i love this idea! was writing my grocery list and realized there is no parmesan in the recipe?

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    Jen — October 11, 2010 at 12:41 am

    That’s a good point, there isn’t actually Parmesan in it… You could use parm instead of provolone cheese.

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