You know those frosted sugar cookies that you can buy at the grocery store? They are usually in the bakery section in a plastic container, two rows of cookies, about 10 or 12 altogether. Each season or holiday they come in different colors and are usually decorated with sprinkles. And they are so good. These bars remind me of those cookies. They aren’t exactly the same, but they put the same smile on my face as those cookies do! These would be fun for Valentine’s Day, Easter, a birthday or anytime.
I want to start by giving credit where credit is due. I don’t know for sure whose recipe this actually is, but here’s how I found it. I received it via a recipe email discussion list. That email gave credit to Mommy’s Kitchen, but no link was included. A quick google search brought me to this post on Mommy’s Kitchen. She had a link to Utah Mama. There’s no mention of where the recipe came from on Utah Mama’s blog, so maybe it’s hers, not sure.
I have seen sugar cookie bars on quite a few different food blogs, but none of those were this recipe. This recipe has cream cheese in it and so does the frosting. And it’s delicious!
In case you are wondering why I go to such lengths to give credit whenever I can, it’s because I believe you should. I blog with integrity, and I think everyone should. I owe it to my readers, to those whose recipes I try, and to myself. I can only hope that others feel the same way. :)
NOTES: I followed the recipe on this, the only thing I did differently was add more powdered sugar to the frosting because mine was too thin. I also used 5 different colors of paste food coloring. I cut the pan into five sections first using my dough cutter, then frosted one section and added sprinkles. Then I frosted the second section and sprinkles, third section and sprinkles, etc. After all the frosting was added I cut the sections into bars, again using the dough cutter.
Frosted Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 t almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I used 4 1/2 cups)
3-5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring or icing paste
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and egg until nice and frothy. About 4 minutes. Add the vanilla and almond extract and beat for 1 minute more.
In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix them around so that all ingredients are well incorporated. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat for about 2 minutes. Press the dough into a large jelly roll (cookie sheet) pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let the pan cool completely.
To make the frosting, in a medium sized bowl (or your stand mixer) combine the butter and cream cheese. Beat for about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring. Mix for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Frost your pan of cookies. Cut the cookies into bars and serve.
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