Monday, March 28, 2011

Sugar Cookie Bars - Frosted

I love to cook and bake all types of things, even the most detailed recipes for pastry, but I DO NOT LIKE TO MAKE FROSTED SUGAR COOKIES!  Something about all that rolling, cutting, baking, cooling, frosting, and decorating, takes the fun out of it for me.  Of course, I do love eating them, just not all that other stuff.  I ran across the best idea on one of my favorite cooking blogs (Mommy's Kitchen) here.  Why didn't I think of this sooner?  Duh!  I took the basic idea of baking sugar cookies as sugar cookie bars, frosted them, and decorated with colorful sprinkles!  I used my own sugar cookie recipe because its super easy and I had everything on hand. WAH-LAH!  They were beautiful, delicious, cheap, and would be a great dish to share if you have to take something for goody day or potluck.  I stirred up some homemade vanilla frosting, tinted it with food color to frost the cooled cookie bars.  Easy peasy!  I didn't even use a mixer.  I think you will love these and they are definitely a recipe I intend to keep on using!  I will never even think of decorating a ca-zillion of those little cutouts again!

I got this cookie recipe from a favorite blog - 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Quick and Easy Sugar Cookies

  • 1/2 cup room temp (soft) margarine (melted is fine)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 cups flour

In a medium sized bowl cream together the margarine and sugar. Beat it until it is smooth and fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla, mixing well. Stir in the salt, baking powder and flour. Blend it all up until it makes a nice smooth dough. Spread into a sprayed (prepared) 8 x 8 baking pan. Bake in a completely PREHEATED oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the cookie starts to brown at the edges.

Remove from oven to cool completely.

HM Vanilla Frosting (small batch):

2 Tablespoons room temperature margarine (or melted is fine)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons milk
2 cups powdered sugar.

Stir all until very smooth.  If its not creamy enough for you, add another teaspoon of milk.
Tint with either gel food paste or a few drops of food color.

Spread on cooled cookie and add some sprinkles.  (If you don't want frosted cookies, just sprinkle on some colored sugar before baking!)

Cut into small squares!  These are soft, delicious and VERY PRETTY TOO!

This recipe is being shared at The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap

1 comment:

  1. Yum, what a delicious way to satisfy a sweet tooth in a flash. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cookie bars up.



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