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Monday, June 27, 2011

Sugar Cookie Bars

Running out of time? Or are you just feeling a bit lazy? These cookie bars will hit the spot and they taste wonderful! Now you don't have to spend all that time rolling and cutting out cookies.
Sugar Cookie Bars
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1/2 cup softened butter 
1/2 cup margarine
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1Tbsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Method:
-In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Mix in vanilla.
-In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt & baking soda. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased, rimmed baking sheet (use a jelly roll pan). The dough will be a lot like cookie dough- heavy & sticky- so it’s best to spray your hands with a little nonstick spray or just rinse them and leave them a little damp and use them to help mold the dough into the pan.
-Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting (this is what makes or breaks your cookies-- no pressure!)

8 oz cream cheese
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp almond extract or vanilla
Optional-Food coloring and or Sprinkles

Method:
Whip all ingredients together, frost the cooled bars. Enjoy!