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Frosted Sugar Cookie bars, Christmas sugar cookie bars
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frosted sugar cookie bars

These soft and tender frosted sugar cookie bars are made with cream cheese, and frosted with a light and fluffy whipped buttercream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 bars
Author Ann Otis

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese (1 package)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Frosting

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • red and green sprinkles for decorating

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang to help lift the bars out.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the sugar, and cream together with an electric mixer, 2-3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract and egg.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl and stir into the butter mixture until well combined.
  • Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until just lightly browned on top. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • Remove the bars from the pan using the foil overhang.
  • Frost the bars with the buttercream and sprinkle with red and green sprinkles. Cut and serve.

Frosting

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add the sugar and mix on low speed to combine. Switch to high speed and whip for about 3-4 minutes until fluffy.
  • Add the whipped cream, salt and vanilla extract and whip again for 3-4 minutes until very light and fluffy.