I know I’m all about crazy cookie concoctions, but there’s something about the holiday season that puts me into simplicity mode. Or maybe it’s just that all of my creative energy lately has been absorbed by writing papers. 😉
I made these soft sugar cookie bars last weekend and I *almost* didn’t add the red and green sprinkles. I know. Can you even imagine a holiday sugar cookie without sprinkles? I’m pretty sure you’d get coal in your stocking if you did such a thing.
Anyway… if you’re short on time, these are your go-to sugar cookies for the holidays, or any time of the year. Just mix up the dough, spread it into a pan, and let it bake. No chilling of the dough, no forming each and every cookie. Easy!
I topped my sugar cookie bars with a dusting of granulated sugar before they went in the oven, which allowed for a pretty, crackly top. But I can assure you they would be equally pretty if you spread a layer of frosting over them instead. 😉
[print_this]Soft Sugar Cookie Bars
Soft sugar cookies made easy — just spread the dough in a pan! You can substitute almond extract your other favorite flavoring for the vanilla extract, if you’d like.
Makes about 3 dozen bars
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (or eliminate and use 1 cup butter)
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sprinkles (optional)
- Granulated sugar for topping (optional)
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9 inch cake pan or 15×10 jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray (a 13×9 pan will give you slightly thicker bars). In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
In a separate mixing bowl, stir the baking powder, cornstarch, salt, and flour. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until blended. Stir in the sprinkles, if desired.
Spread the cookie dough into the prepared baking pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.[/print_this]