Hey Y’all! The “love day” is upon us and there’s no better way that I know to celebrate than by baking up something super sweet. I went back and forth on what exactly I wanted to do and the top ideas were some sort of cake or cookies. Well, I mixed both together for a fun little treat! My all time favorite cookie recipe is my cut out sugar cookies with royal icing but I wanted something just a bit more “ooey gooey” and super sweet. So I went exploring in the pantry and called up my grandmother and I learned a thing or two about how you can turn a cookie recipe into a cake.. cream or tartar mixed with baking soda. Who would have known? These were super easy to make and took about 30 minutes from start to finish! These would be a delicious treat to make for your kids Valentine’s Day party or to impress your family or coworkers! I even let my 4 year old help me from beginning to end and she had a blast, so I know y’all will to! Have fun!
Sugar Cookie Bars
Before we get started some things you’ll need are a stand mixer, 9×13 baking dish and parchment paper!
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 stick unsalted butter
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat over to 375
- Soften butter and put it into your mixing bowl along with sugar. Beat together until creamy!
- Mix in both eggs, combine until well beaten. Add in Vanilla and mix until smooth.
- In a small bowl, mix your dry ingredients together (flour, cream or tartar & baking soda) and whisk together until combined. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your large bowl- At this point you’ll want to switch over to your dough hook attachment to mix the dough more evenly.
- Once dough is fully formed, bring it over to your parchment paper lined 9×13 pan and press dough into pan evenly covering all corners. Make sure the dough is even and flat.
- Bake dough for 18-20 minutes. Once done, let cool completely before adding frosting. I always slip mine into our deep freezer to cool quicker.
For the Frosting;
- Soften butter and toss into mixing bowl. Switch to your paddle attachment and cream butter until whipped and light in color. Scrap down your bowl to avoid missing anything.
- Slowly add in 2 cups of your powdered sugar and mix on speed 1 until well combined.
- Add 2 tsp of heavy whipping cream and combine on low again.
- Slowly add remaining powdered sugar, whipping cream & vanilla extract and mix until frosting is light and fluffy.
- Spread gently over sugar cookie bars! Top with your favorite sprinkles, M&M candies or chocolate chips!