if you are looking for a last minute dessert to take with you to a 4th of july cookout, look no further than this (admittedly unhealthy) sugar cookie cake/bars.
Sugar Cookie Bars
adapted from annie's eats
(makes approximately 48 bars)
cookie bar dough:
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
zest from 1 lemon
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
½ tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
food coloring (optional)
preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. cream together butter and sugar in an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light a fluffy (approximately 2 minutes). add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition and scraping down sides of the bowl as necessary. add vanilla and lemon zest. in a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (both flours, salt, and baking soda). add dry ingredients to mixer a little at a time and beat until final dry ingredients are just incorporated.
press cookie dough into a 13" x 18" greased rimmed baking sheet. bake 10-15 minutes until just starting to brown around the edges. let cool completely on a wire rack.
note: it is very important to let the cookies cool completely before frosting - otherwise, icing may melt!
to make frosting, cream butter in electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. add vanilla and salt. then add sifted confectioners' sugar a little at a time and blend until smooth. tint with desired food coloring and spread over cooled cookies in the pan. let set and cut into bars and serve!