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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9 Responses to “Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Appetizers”

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    Joelen — April 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    These look amazing and what a great entry to this month’s Tasty Tools! Thanks for your submission! 🙂

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    Melissa — April 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Ooohhh….I love sun dried tomatoes & goat cheese, I’ll have to try these.

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    Amy Kingman — April 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Wow! Delicious!!!! I’m totally gonna have to make these!

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I am a sucker for sundried tomatoes and basil. And I host a lot and this looks like a great app to have. Thanks,

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    Stephanie Wagner — April 9, 2009 at 1:26 am

    These look cute and delish! You’ve turned me into a big fan of goat cheese. So mild and tasty!

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    Jen — April 9, 2009 at 1:56 am

    So glad you’re starting to like goat cheese Steph – I live on it since it’s easier for me to digest than cow’s milk cheese.

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    the happy couple — April 9, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    love this! i am a vegetarian and i married a carnivore (www.cooking4carnivores.com) and i am always looking for ways to sneak him vegetables. i think a little spinach in these would do the trick. thanks for the idea!

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    Ashley — April 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    These look wonderful! I love goat cheese…yum!

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    Elizabeth — April 22, 2009 at 1:07 am

    This looks great – I love all the ingredients!

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