I was craving these a couple weeks back and we made them for family night. They make a TON, so it was perfect for taking a plate to a new family in our neighborhood, as well.
Sugar Cookie Bars (originally from Char Mills and posted on my sister's blog)
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1. Prepare bars: In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Mix in vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt & baking soda. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased, rimmed baking sheet (use a 13 x 18/jelly roll pan). The dough will be just like cookie dough- heavy & sticky- so it’s best to spray your hands with a little nonstick spray and use them to help mold the dough into the pan.
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting (Which is the real key to these!)
8 oz cream cheese
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp almond extract or vanilla
Oh, and a side note. Anybody else buy things at the store before checking to see if they already have some??