Sugar Cookie Bars

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A few weeks ago, my husband brought home a giant container of homemade Chili con Queso dip a coworker of his had made.   It was SO good, we finished off that container in no time.  You know that unspoken rule of when someone gives you a container full of something, you give it back full of something else? Well, my husband insisted I make the guy some cookies.  Any kind of cookies.

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Do you have any idea how hard it is to choose what kind of cookie to make for someone I hardly know?  I mean, what if he’s allergic to something.  What if sweets aren’t his thing?  What if he doesn’t like chocolate?  I know, I know, that’s absurd, but what if?


After quite some hemming and hawing over what type of cookie to make, I settled on something just about everyone likes.  Sugar cookies!

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Since I was short on time, I decided to keep it simple by making sugar cookie bars, rather than chilling the dough and cutting out dozens of round cookies.

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I topped them off with a thick, almond flavored frosting.  I mean, the frosting is really the best part anyway, am I right?

Overall these cookies are the perfect amount of sweet, with just the right amount of crunch.


An easy was to get the taste and texture of frosted sugar cookies, without the mess and frustration of rolling and cutting out the dough

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

An easy was to get the taste and texture of frosted sugar cookies, without the mess and frustration of rolling and cutting out the dough


For the Cookies

  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp . sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, , softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Food coloring of choice, (optional)


For the Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9"x13" pan.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
  4. Beat in egg until well incorporated.
  5. Add in sour cream and vanilla until mixed.
  6. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  7. Press batter into pan until spread out.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges turn golden brown.
  9. Let cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting

  1. Cream together butter, cream and powdered sugar.
  2. Add in vanilla and almond extracts, and food coloring if using.
  3. Spread onto cookies evenly.
Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

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  1. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

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