I've definitely had a SWEET tooth lately, and these tasty morsels of goodness helped cure a MAJOR craving! As usual, they are so easy to put together and are PERFECT for any little gathering you might have coming up. You could leave the FROSTING white and do red, white, and blue sprinkles for the Fourth of July.
Sugar Cookie Bars
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash or two of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9 × 12- or 13-inch with parchment paper; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
Evenly spread the cookie dough onto the prepared pan. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean and bars are golden brown. Let cool completely.
To make the frosting, beat together the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Frost the cooled bars and then store in the refrigerator.