Sugar Cookie Squares

My Mom’s Birthday was approaching and I wanted to make her a treat. I knew there would already be cake involved, so I ruled that out. Brownie’s and cookie’s I opted out because they were too traditional. I then stumbled upon this recipe involving a sugar cookie mix, but baked into bars. Interesting, different and fun, I thought! I was sold, especially after how easy the baking process was.

All I did was add all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat with a mixer. Then I spread the mixture into a 9x13in greased baking pan. The pan is then baked in the oven for 10-13 minutes and all done! Once removed, I let cool and frosted the dough with icing and sprinkles. I bought a Pillsbury frosting in my Mom’s favorite color. I then decorated with sprinkles and wrote “Happy Birthday Mom” in pink food gel. 

These Sugar Cookie Squares were a hit! Talk about addicting. They tasted very much like Lofthouse Cookies, just cut into bars! This is delicious on its own or with ice cream. (I ate it with vanilla ice cream and it was a great alternative to cake.) Most importantly, my Mom loved these squares to celebrate her Birthday!

 Ingredients: Butter, Granulated Sugar, Powdered Sugar, 2 Large Eggs, Vanilla Extract, Flour, Baking Powder, Salt and 1 container of your choice of frosting

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.

 Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Spread the sugar cookie mixture gently into an even layer into the bottom of the pan.

Bake for 10-13 minutes. Don’t overbake! The bars shouldn’t have any color around the edges and barely be set in the middle.

Let the bars cool completely before frosting.

 Decorate if you want for a special occasion, or leave as is and cut into squares.

 Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened to cool room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 container of your choice of frosting (or click here for a home-made option)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.
  5. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  6. Spread the sugar cookie mixture gently into an even layer into the bottom of the pan. (I used a spatula)
  7. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Don’t overbake! The bars shouldn’t have any color around the edges and barely be set in the middle.
  8. Let the bars cool completely before frosting.

*If you are looking for a home-made frosting recipe for this dessert, head over to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, where this recipe was adapted from!

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