Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars

I think I found it!  The yummiest and easiest sugar cookie recipe ever!  I love sugar cookies...who doesn't? But I hate to make them, they take so much time.  But this recipe is easy peasy... give it a try!

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars
Serves: 20-40 bars (depending on how you cut them)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
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1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Butter
8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 1/2 Cup Flour

1/2 Cup Butter
4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
3 TBSP Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
Food Coloring

1.  In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar and egg until nice and frothy.  About 4 minutes.
2.  Add vanilla and almond extract and continue to beat 1 minute more.
3.  In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Mix them around so that all ingredients are well incorporated.
4.  Add the flour mixture to the cream cheese mixture and beat for about 2 more minutes.
5.  Press the dough into a large jelly roll (cookie sheet) pan.
6.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

7.  Let the pan cool completely before cutting into bars.
8.  Time to make the frosting.  In a medium sized bowl combine the butter and cream cheese.  Beat for about 2 minutes.
9.  Add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Mix for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
10.  Divide frosting into separate bowls and add food coloring for desired color.
11. Frost your cookies and serve.

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