Soft Sugar Cookie Bars

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Can I be honest for a second. I am the mom to 3 beautiful young children who I love and I have this goal to build this incredible childhood for them. Filled with fun memories and events and moments. Sometimes though building that childhood is exhausting and frustrating. I find that along the way to creating those fun moments for my kids there is a ton of laundry, a never ending line of dishes/messes and schedules that cause me to lose sleep at night because I have a deep fear of forgetting something. And I realized child appreciate simplicity. They really do, I think some times I just get in my own way and make things too complicated.

 

Ok for instance I spent way too long last summer planning things for my kids to do outside, picnics and park visits and scavenger hunts etc. I had grand plans for the summer but a few weeks into it I couldn’t keep up and we decided we had to simplify. So this year we are doing exactly that, simplifying. That doesn’t mean we aren’t going to do anything but we are just going to make this easier. For instance this summer I had this fun idea that is so easy and my kids are loving it (#MomForTheWin!). At the dollar store I got this the jumbo glass gems, the kind you use as vase fillers. (Check out what I am talking about by clicking here, but they were only $1 at the dollar store.) and one night after my kids went to bed my husband and I walked around our house spreading them around. Putting them in some dirt piles we had, their sand pit, flower beds, along the edge of the grass etc. I didn’t tell my kids they were there but slowly they have been finding them and get so excited because they found a treasure. They ask me to go outside so they can go look for treasure. This took me $2 and about 10 minutes of time to hide them and they are having a blast with it.

Creating memories doesn’t have to be complicated and expensive all the time but I do think its important that the memories are created. So I wanted to share one more way I have decided to simplify. Sugar cookies are one of my kids favorite cookies, well actually I think they love anything with sprinkles but sugar cookies are always a hit. But traditional sugar cookies are a lot of work and a lot of mess, so for most occasions (Valentine’s day, Easter, Halloween, etc) if I pressed for time, which is usually I mix up a batch of these bars, color the frosting a holiday appropriate color and let the kids choose the sprinkles. We have a ton of fun and way less mess and time. It is a family tradition for us and we all love it!

 

Soft Sugar Cookie Bars
 
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Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • For Cookie Bars:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • For Frosting:
  • ⅓ cup butter (room temperature)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp cream (or milk)
  • ⅛ tsp white vinegar
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 F. Grease 13x18 rimmed cookie sheet (jelly roll pan)
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda together in bowl and mix with a fork. Set aside.
  3. Combined butter and sugar and beat with electric mixer on medium/high until light and smooth (about 2-3 minutes)
  4. Mix in eggs one at a time, make sure to scrape sides after each one.
  5. Add in vanilla and mix well
  6. Dump batter on the cookie sheet and press into an even layer. Bake 10-15 minutes, until light gold brown on the edges and a took pick comes out clean. Be careful not to over cook. Once you see a golden edge pull it out. The center will continue to cook. Place on a wire wrack to cool. Make sure to cool completely before frosting.
  7. FROSTING:
  8. Beat butter on high for about 2 minutes (until light and fluffy...you cannot over beat it at this point). Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  9. Add cream/milk and mix
  10. Add vinegar and mix
  11. (if it is still thick add more cream/milk 2 tsp at a time until desired consistancy.
  12. Add food coloring if desired
  13. Spread on cooled bars and cut bars (8x4)