Sugar Cookie Bars

Those soft, cakey cookies at the grocery store with the pink frosting and sprinkles are a longtime fav of mine!  They’re orange at Halloween, red at Christmas, yellow at Easter….if you still have no idea of what the heck I’m talking about then (get with it and) look here.   I made a kicked up version of them and they were so so soooo delicious.  But then we’re talking cookies… the only time there is a problem is when raisins look like chocolate chips…and when nuts are thrown into the mix!  Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction 
1/2 cup of unsalted butter softened at room temperature
3/4 cups of sugar
1 egg and 1 yolk @ room temp
2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
Vanilla Frosting 
1/2 cups of softened butter
1 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Sprinkles for top of frosting. I used nonpareils.
Cookies instructions 
Oven @ 350.  Line 8 in pan with foil and set aside. (let some foil hang over edge.)
In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter.  Think about 1 minute.  Then add sugar.  When its light and fluffy, then mix in egg, egg yolk and vanilla.  Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cornstarch.  On low, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix in little by little until all the dry ingredients are mixed.  About 3 times is good.
Pour the mix into the pan and set in oven for 25 minutes.  These cookies are soft so make sure they don’t overcook as they will get dry!
Frosting Instructions 
Beat butter until creamy. about 2 minutes. Add in sugar, cream and vanilla.  Mix, mix mix!  on high for 3 minutes.  If the frosting is too sweet add in a pinch of salt.
Once the cookies are done and have cooled, remove from pan and frost away.  Place sprinkles when frosting is still runny because when it hardens, the sprinkles won’t stick!  Enjoy!



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