My cousin Sarah is getting married and I am throwing her a bridal shower next month. Her fiance is a “real cowboy”, he even works on a ranch in Kansas. I thought it would be fun to throw Sarah a cowgirl themed shower. I wanted the menu to reflect simple country charm. I have been trying recipes out for the shower to see if they might work. These sugar cookie bars were delicious, they just might make the cut to be on the menu.
Sugar Cookie Bars
Source: Love and Olive Oil
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter; at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
5 tablespoons milk
food coloring, if desired
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add to butter mixture and mix just until combined. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet (a 13×18 or 10×15 jelly roll pan) or line with parchment paper. Gently and evenly spread out batter onto sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake, you want these to be moist. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
To prepare frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) until combined, then add milk & mix until smooth and spreadable. Add a few drops of color, if desired. Spread over cooled cookie, then cut into bars.