Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentines Sugar Cookie Bars




Sugar cookies are a favorite in our home. I think I actually make them more than chocolate chip cookies. They have been my favorite since I was a little girl and they are my husbands favorite too! The only downfall is that they are one of the most time consuming cookies out there. Well with Valentines Day coming up this week I am cooking and baking my husbands favorite meals and treats this week to show him how much I adore him! Unfortunately I just got home from a fun girls weekend to Disneyland where lots of party'n and little sleep happened. But I knew that I wanted to have sugar cookies waiting for my husband when he got home. So sugar cookie bars to the rescue! These can be cut into squares or really any shape that you want! The good thing about these is that you can cut them into shapes when they are still warm and they are perfectly shaped cookies. Sometimes I use certain cookie cutters that spread and don't end up looking the shape that I want in the end. So these work perfect for that too! I cut these into hearts and frosting them with pink frosting and Valentines sprinkles and there ya go! Yummy and easy Valentines sugar cookies! Check out my other sugar cookie recipes here and here.


Valentines Sugar Cookie Bars

1 1/2 c sugar
1 cup butter
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/4 c flour

Cream sugar, butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract.  Combine flour and baking powder in medium mixing bowl.  Add flour mixture to creamed sugar mixture until blended.  Spread into pampered chef bar pan.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until looks done and dough is no longer shiny looking.  The edges can get to crispy if cook too long so make sure not to over cook.


Frosting:

1/2 c butter
4 1/2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

pink or red food coloring. 

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and use a hand mixer to mix all together. Apply when cookies are cooled.



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