Since my granddaughter and her hubby were taking a trip back to Jersey to see the family, I figured this was as good a time as any. I love sending them goody packages, made with love from their grandma! Anyway, I saved out a few for pictures, but forgot to tell my husband they weren't for consumption yet. Big mistake! So, now I have no pictures of my own sugar cookie bars. That's okay, though, I'm really glad he likes them too.
I found a picture of them from Betty Crocker so you all can see how yummy they look. I frosted mine with a tint of orange in the frosting and sprinkled them immediately with chocolate sprinkles. If you wait, they'll just bounce all over the top of the frosting and escape to places unknown.
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 375'F.
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 and baking soda. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased, rimmed baking sheet (use a 13x18x1″ pan/cookie sheet). The dough will be just like cookie dough- heavy and sticky- so it’s best to spray your hands with a little nonstick spray and use them to help mold the dough into the pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes until light golden brown or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
pinch of salt
5 Tablespoons milk
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar (more or less depending on how thick/runny you like it)
Food coloring, if desired
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.
Immediately, top with sprinkles if you want! Do it while before the frosting hardens!
"By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Romans 5:2