Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars

I have shared a yummy recipe for sugar cookie bars before, but saw this variation and had to give it a try.  The benefit of making sugar cookie bars is there is no rolling and cutting needed before you bake. Plus there is enough to serve a crowd.

Not only is there cream cheese in this cookie but also in the frosting. I figured the cream cheese would make a nice and tender cookie.  I was right. I love it when I am right, don’t you?

The texture of the cookie turns out to be very tender and almost cake like.  They are DIVINE! I had to send some of these bars off so I wouldn’t eat the whole pan. They were also received very well by those I sent them to. In fact, I received a request to make them again. They would be perfect to serve as part of your Easter celebration or for a baby/bridal shower. You will not be disappointed with these!

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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars
  • Cookie:
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened (I used light)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2½ cup flour
  • Frosting:
  • ½ C butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3½ C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-3 Tbsp milk
  • food coloring, if desired
  1. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and egg blend with a mixer until nice and smooth. It will almost resemble frosting.
  2. Add the vanilla and almond extract and beat for 1 minute more.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat for about 2 minutes.
  4. Spread or press the dough evenly into a jelly roll (13 x 18) pan. I found it easiest to spread it with an offset spatula.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Test with a toothpick for doneness.
  6. Let the pan cool completely.
  7. For the frosting, in a large bowl (or your stand mixer) beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  8. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring, if desired. Beat for about 4 minutes until noce and fluffy.
  9. Frost cooled pan of cookies. Cut the cookies into bars and serve! Makes 40 bars.

Adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up.  Thanks Jamie for sharing! Love ya!

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