Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars

Well friends, I did not make sugar cookie bars for the reunion, but I have made them recently. I wanted to hurry and get you this recipe so that you could plan on making them for your parties this week.
I’ve seen recipes like this floating around the net for quiet some time, and I finally tried them. They are amazing. Sugar cookie squares are everything that you dream about in a sugar cookie (thick, soft, rich) without all the effort. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t love to cut out sugar cookies. These are fast, easy, and ridiculously good. They are a perfect picnic or party food because they make a half sheet pan!
Oh, do take these to a cook-out this week; you’ll thank me later!

Red White and Blue Sugar Cookie Bars
Printable Recipe
Slightly Adapted from Cooking Classy
Makes 40 bars

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 recipe classic vanilla butter cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter the bottom and sides of a jelly roll pan (half sheet pan).

In the bowl of your stand mixer (paddle attachment on) whip the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and beat to combine, around 30 seconds. Add the sour cream and vanilla and combine. Sprinkle the flour, baking powder, and salt over the top of the ingredient in the bowl and then mix on low until completely combined.

Spread the dough evenly in the buttered pan and then bake for 16-20 minutes until the dough is set but still light in color.

Allow the dough to cool completely before topping with frosting and sprinkles. Cut into bars and serve.

I made these the day before, left them in the pan (frosted) and then just cut and served then when it was time. They travel well!
If you are having a picnic outside, it would be worth the time to chill these before putting them out so that the butter has time to firm up before going outside. Butter melts at 98 degrees, so don’t leave them in direct sun or you’ll have melty icing on your hands.
To get the 40 servings, I cut the pan into 5 rows of 8 bars.

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What size jelly roll pan do you use?


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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.