Making homemade cookies is a fun and easy activity you can do with your kids at home, especially on days when you have to stay inside. While I don’t have the patience to roll cookie dough and make cute shapes, but I do love making bar cookies. This simple sugar cookie bar recipe is easy to make and your kids will love adding the sprinkles and frosting to decorate their cookies.
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I loved to make cookies when I was growing up. When I had a few hours in the afternoons, I would grab the Betty Crocker cookbook and look for a new recipe to try (Pinterest wasn’t invented until a few years later). I learned so many helpful skills from cooking too like math when you have to double a recipe or half the recipe, problem-solving like why your recipe doesn’t taste right and of course, the life skill of cooking.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s so versatile. In the instructions below, you use pink food coloring for the frosting and spring colored jimmies and pink sprinkles which is perfect for Valentine’s Day and spring, but you could make a simple change and use red food coloring with red and blue sprinkles/jimmies and have a great 4th of July recipe too. Or do green and red sprinkles and frosting for Christmas. Just use your imagination and see what you can create.
This recipe is easy to make with most ingredients you already have at home. It bakes in 9″X13″ baking pan like this Wilton Non-stick baking pan. I suggest even with a non-stick pan that you use the parchment paper lining or a non-stick cooking spray to reduce sticking. Once your cookies are done baking, you just cut them into 2-inch squares to share and enjoy.
- Cookie ingredients:
- 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
- 2 C sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 3/4 C flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 containers of Wilton springtime pearlized jimmies
- 1 bag of Wilton pink heart sprinkles
- Frosting ingredients
- 2 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
- 3 1/2 C powdered sugar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- pink gel food coloring
- small angled spatula
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper
Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy
Beat in the eggs and vanilla
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda
Gradually mix in the wet ingredients
Fold in one container of sprinkles into the dough
Scoop dough into the prepared baking dish and lightly flatten with your hands
Place into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until lightly golden brown
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely
Frosting directions :
Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream.
Beat on medium speed until smooth and stiff peaks form
Beat in a few drops of pink food coloring until combined
Using an angled spatula, frost the top of the cookie bars
Sprinkle with the remaining sprinkles
Cut into bars and enjoy!