{Sugar Cookie Bars}

Sugar cookies are my favorite kind of cookie. But I don’t make them very often cause it seems I spend hours, rolling and cutting. But these bars are great because they are so easy and fast and come out tasting amazing! You can cut them into bars and decorate them anyway you want 🙂

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
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 cups flour

Frosting:
1/2 C butter softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 C powdered sugar
3-5 T milk
1 t vanilla
food coloring

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and egg until nice and frothy. About 4 minutes.
Add the vanilla and almond extract and beat for 1 minute more.
In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix them around so that all ingredients are well incorporated.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat for about 2 minutes.
Press the dough into a large jelly roll (cookie sheet) pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Let the pan cool completely.
For the frosting! In a medium sized bowl (or your stand mixer) combine the butter and cream cheese. Beat for about 2 minutes.
Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring. Mix for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
Frost your pan of cookies. Cut the cookies into bars and serve!

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