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Stack of sugar cookies bars topped with frosting and sprinkles.
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Soft Sugar Cookie Bars

Soft and chewy Sugar Cookie Bars topped with vanilla buttercream frosting. The easiest, tastiest sugar cookies ever!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 239kcal

Ingredients

For the bars:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 heaping cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk, half and half or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • a few drops of food coloring optional
  • sprinkles, M&M's or chocolate chips optional

Instructions

For the bars:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9x13 baking pan with foil and grease it.
  • Beat butter and sugar for several minutes, until light and fluffy. Add egg, sour cream and extracts and beat until thoroughly combined. The mixture might look slightly curdled.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. With your mixer on low, add flour to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined.
  • Dump the dough into the prepared pan and use your fingers to evenly press it into the pan. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the top appears dry and the edges are just starting to turn light brown. I rotate the pan halfway through the baking time. Make sure not to over bake these, as they will continue to cook a little after you remove them from the oven. Cool the bars completely before frosting them.

For the frosting:

  • Beat butter and powdered sugar for several minutes until light and fluffy. Add milk, extracts and food coloring (if using) and beat for several more minutes. Use an offset spatula or butter knife to spread the frosting over the cooled bars. Top with sprinkles and slice into squares.

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Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.9mg