Stack of Sugar Cookie Bars
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Sugar Cookie Bars

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 24

Ingredients

COOKIE INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

FROSTING INGREDIENTS

  • cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 6 teaspoons half and half at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • drops of food coloring optional
  • sprinkles or decorations optional

Instructions

DIRECTIONS FOR COOKIES

  • Lightly grease (or line with parchment) a 13 X 9 inch pan, and
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Cream butter and shortening together. Beat in egg yolk, cream, and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet, and mix just long enough to combine.
  • Press into prepared 13 X 9 inch pan, getting the top as flat and level as you can.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, watching closely to make sure they’re dry and baked, but not turning brown.

DIRECTIONS FOR FROSTING

  • Combine sugar, butter, half and half, salt, and vanilla, and beat until fluffy.
  • Add food coloring, if desired.
  • Spread on cookies, and top with sprinkles, if desired.
  • Refrigerate cookies for at least an hour after frosting.

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge, and they'll stay delicious for about 10 days. However, they never last that long.