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It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious.

What Makes Sugar Cookies Hard?

Over-working the dough yields a tough cookie, which is not at all what you want.

The very best sugar cookies are soft and tender.

We often tell you to bake cookies until they’re golden brown.

This isn’t the case with sugar cookies, though.

Once the edges develop a golden hue, you’ve gone too far.

While overcooked sugar cookies are certainly still palatable, they’ll be hard and crunchy, instead of soft and chewy.

 

It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious. ohsweetbasil.com

Easter is on my birthday this year. I don’t remember that ever happening but it is my favorite holiday because of what it celebrates, the colors and decorations and because of the food so I pretty much feel like I’ve won the lottery this year which is how you’ll feel if you make our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe.

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Cade says he doesn’t really remember having them as a kid either, but with all due respect, this is Cade talking and he doesn’t seem to remember a lot about what he ate as a kid. He was far too interested in running around with friends than to worry about what was happening in the kitchen.

It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious. ohsweetbasil.com

A lot of the recipes we tested were good but the bars were a little on the dry side. And many weren’t very flavorful so it was a bit more of a process than we expected to find a good dough.

We discovered two things, first being the almond extract. You don’t want too much as you don’t want that fragrant flavor taking over the soft dough but just enough seems to really enhance the flavor.

It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious. ohsweetbasil.com

The second is the corn starch. Many years ago I read on Center Cut Cook that she uses cornstarch to keep her cookies extra soft so on a whim we threw it in hoping for the same results and it worked! The cornstarch works to keep the dough soft but not so much that you can’t cut the bars. In fact, these really are the perfect sugar cookie bar, just softer!

It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious. ohsweetbasil.com

How do You Keep Your Parchment Down in a Pan?

Just wanted to give a quick tip about parchment paper.

I have heard the crinkle up parchment paper to keep it down in a pan method but I do not like it.

It doesn’t work well and leaves the bottom of your dessert a mess.

We prefer to spray the pan with nonstick spray and then press it down in the pan.

It sticks and wont move when you’re adding in your dough.

It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious. ohsweetbasil.com

How to Make Soft Sugar Cookies

The most important step in making sugar cookie bars is to set the butter out to soften. You cannot work with melted butter or too cold butter.

Second, make sure you beat the butter and sugar for a good minute, or even too so that the dough will be extra fluffy. We beat it again for 30 seconds once the eggs are added and not merely mix until incorporated.

It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious.

Bake in a 9×13″ pan until just golden on top and then gently remove from the oven to cool completely before frosting. If you want an extra dense and soft cookie bar as pictured, merely bang the pan on the counter after it has cooled for a few minutes. If you want the bars to have great height just be really gentle in setting it on the counter to cool.

It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious. ohsweetbasil.com

What Kind of Frosting to Use on Sugar Cookies

Frost everything with your favorite frosting. We love to use straight butter or half butter and half cream cheese as listed in the recipe. A straight cream cheese frosting really wasn’t our favorite. If you want to use a food coloring we like to choose a gel so that the color is vibrant and it doesn’t mess with the texture at all.

Now it’s your turn, print off the recipe and get your own cookies going!

 

Our Favorite Soft Sugar Cookie Bars

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Our Favorite Soft Sugar Cookie Bars

4 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 15
It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious.

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups of Flour make sure you know [how to measure flour]
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Corn Starch
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Butter softened (2 sticks)
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 Large Eggs plus 1 Egg Yolk

For the Frosting

  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 10 Tablespoons Butter softened
  • 4 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Teasoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 Teaspoon [Pink Gel Food Coloring]
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9x13" baking pan with nonstick spray and then parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, corn starch, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar for 1 minute.
  • Add the eggs and extracts and beat for another 30 seconds.
  • Add the dry ingredients and turn the mixer on low, slowly moving up in speed as the flour gets incorporated.
  • Turn the mixer off and press the dough into the baking pan.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until lightly golden but not brown.
  • Carefully remove from the oven to cool entirely and then frost and add sprinkles.
  • For the Frosting
  • Beat the cream cheese and butter together using a hand mixer or standing mixer.
  • Add the extract and powdered sugar along with the gel and beat until smooth.

Notes

Regular food coloring can be used but the gel brings a better color.
Nutrition Facts
Our Favorite Soft Sugar Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 347mg15%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Sugar 62g69%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 846IU17%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

It took us a few years to be ready to share our favorite soft sugar cookie bars recipe because it had to be perfectly soft and perfectly delicious. ohsweetbasil.com

 

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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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34 comments

  • Great post, thanks for giving us this wonderful knowledge,

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  • Thank you for sharing …. very useful information.

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  • What is the purpose of the almond extract? I have a nut allergy. Can I omit it?

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    • Yes, you can omit it. It is just to have that almond extract flavor in it. Often times almond extract actually doesn’t contain any nuts. I would check the ingredients on the container. You might be ok to use it.

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  • Super delicious, budget-friendly, kids-friendly food. I really like this dish.

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    • Thank you!

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  • This is really fantastic for everyone

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    • Thanks!

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  • Thi sis really good

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    • Thank you!!

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  • The article you share here is great. I really like and appreciate your work

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    • Thank you so much!

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  • Your recipe is great, I’ll try it on weekends.

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    • Thank you! Enjoy!

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  • The cake is great and you have detailed instructions, thanks

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    • So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback!

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  • I am very happy to read this. Appreciate your sharing

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    • Thank you!

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  • A straight cream cheese frosting really wasn’t our favorite

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    • It’s not for everyone!

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  • wow, the cake looks delicious and very attractive, thank you for sharing

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    • Thank you! These are always a hit anywhere we take them!

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  • It was very easy and very yummy! Thanks so much!!
    I will do it for my birthday))

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    • yaY! Thank you!

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  • i’m super happy for you all! thanks for sharing your inspiring and FAITH-promoting experience. may you be blessed for your goodness.
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    • Thank you so much!

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  • This is a cookie recipe that will be a ‘sweet’ surprise for friends.
    They are soooo into cookies, me too, LOL!!
    Thank you for the corn starch tip, I never heard of it.
    I plan on making these yummy goodies this weekend.
    Have a nice day!

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    • It’s a good tip to keep them soft!

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    • LOL!

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  • It’s entirely possible it’s just me, but I can’t find the recipe for these bars — is there a link that I am missing? I would love to make them!

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    • Oh no!! It’s there, but I deleted it and added it again as I couldn’t see it either. All set now!

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      • I got it — thank you so much!

    • The recipe is buried under the irrelevant novel and then beneath all of the low quality ads.

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      • 🙁 Sadly ads are the way any blogger makes a living. We are with ya though, we would give anything to be rid of them. And I’m sorry the information on how to make sure these turn out, the parchment doesn’t slide etc wasn’t helpful. You must be more experienced than many of the readers that need the information. 🙂 Hope your day goes well.

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