Friday, April 16, 2010

Sugar Cookie Bars

Ever had a mortified Kindergartner? Well, I officially do! She got off the bus yesterday wearing different shorts than what I sent her to school in. Her sister wasn't shy telling me Sophie was a pee pee pants at school. First off, I was shocked... Sophie had herself completely potty trained by 16 months and hasn't had an accident since. I started to worry thinking she may have a kidney infection, but then she explained what happened. Soph has this little problem at home sometimes. She doesn't scoot far enough back on the seat and misses the hole in the potty. Usually at home the mess goes on the floor and then good ol' mom has to clean it up (I'm use to it with a 3 year old boy... and a husband who doesn't like to turn the bathroom light on if he wakes up in the middle of the night to go!). Unfortunately at school it ran onto the back of her shorts and she had to go to the office to get new ones. I explained it happens sometimes and that isn't considered peeing your pants. I don't think my advice was of any help!
Enough potty mouth... I have a super yummy sugar cookie bar recipe to share with you! It has the delicious taste of a sugar cookie without all the fuss of rolling, cutting and icing each individual cookie. I saw several blogs recently post this idea and I had to try it out. I made them last night for Picky Pants (Makayla) class and she said they were the best cookie she'd ever eaten. I made them today in the school cafeteria and I think they were a hit. I even had several school employees ask for the recipe. Enjoy :)

1 cup butter - room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time beating after each. Add vanilla and mix well. Combine dry ingredients and mix with wet until just combined. Spread into a greased 13 x 18 inch pan. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes. Cool, frost and cut into bars.

1/2 cup butter - room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 TBSP milk

Combine butter and shortening. Beat until creamy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Add milk to reach spreadable consistency. Spread over cooled cookie and cut into bars.


Gretchen said...

Those sugar cookie bars look absolutely delicious. Sugar cookies are one of my favorite's so I can only imagine how the bars taste! Happy Friday to you!

Willoughby said...

Heidi, you read my mind! I had seen this recipe, or one like it, a while ago and just thought about it the other day. I wanted to make them but couldn't remember where I had seen the recipe!

Megan said...

I've seen these a couple times this month on blogs that I read too. I think it is time that I made them. They are going on next months menu plan:)

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

looks like my kind of sugar cookie :)

Amanda said...

Great idea, the Hubby loves sugar cookies, but I hate rolling and cutting the dough, gonna definitly try these ones! Thanks!

Lara said...

I sure could go for one of those right about now! Yum!

teresa said...

delicious! for some reason they look even better in bar form!

April said...

Sounds like my kind of sugar cookie recipe, easy!

Ashley Cunningham said...

Oh poor Sophie! I remember a certain classmate having that issue in 3rd grade. Hopefully the elementary school is nicer about it. Those bars look good, but I love making sugar cookies! Good stuff!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I think this is my new favorite way to make sugar cookies. Sure, cut-outs are cute, but this is fast and easy!

Stephanie said...

I am sooo bookmarking this! I LOVE the taste of sugar cookies, but hate to make them because of all the work!

BTW, I've got Tina's Hot Water Cake in the oven right now...smells soo yummy! Can't wait to taste it!

Heidi said...

Tell me how the cake turned out Stephanie!!!

Chris said...

So they taste like sugar cookies but are in bar form, cool. This sounds like something even I could bake;)

Denise said...

Poor thing. I always worry its going to happen to my Justine at Kindergarten, cross my fingers, it hasn't yet.
I have made these and they are yummy!!!!

Katy ~ said...

I was just looking at a similar recipe and thinking looked good. Yours looks so much better with all that yummy frosting on it. Definitely going into my stash of must-dos. Sugar cookies are our favorite. And to think I don't have to individually cut and frost each one. Terrific!

Ingrid said...

Hey, this is another recipe we tried and the kiddos enjoyed. We have great taste..ha-ha!

Kelly Polizzi said...

Aw poor thing. Heide my daughter does this all the time. I thought she was the only one! Saved this recipe too!