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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars


Ingredients

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  • Cookie:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened (I used light)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 C butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 13 Tbsp milk
  • food coloring, if desired

Instructions

  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.
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