Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 bars
For the cookie bars:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1-1/2 cups flour
For the frosting:
- 4 TBS unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Sprinkles for decorating
To make the cookie bars:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x 9 square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth and light colored.
Add egg, vanilla extract, baking powder, and sea salt and stir to combine.
Add flour, half at a time, and mix until just incorporated.
Using the back side of a spoon floured well, gently press the cookie down into a lined baking pan. Continue flattening until it is even and all the way across the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. The edges will be slightly brown around the edges and the center may puff up slightly. This will settle when cooling.
Remove from oven and allow cookie bars to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before lifting out to cool completely.
To make the frosting:
In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract together until fluffy and smooth.
Add powdered sugar, half at a time and mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
Using a frosting spatula, spread frosting evenly over cookie bars, slice, and serve.
Store cookie bars in an airtight container for 3-4 days or freeze.
Serving: 1cookie bar | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.6g | Protein: 1.8g | Fat: 11.5g | Saturated Fat: 7.1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 24.2g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg