These Vanilla Sugar Cookie Bars, from Let's Dish are like a cross between cake and a sugar cookie. The cream cheese frosting is a blank slate for decorating with sprinkles, jimmies, or your favorite seasonal toppings!
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used 6 oz.)
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to butter/sugar mixture and stir until combined. Spread dough onto a greased 13x18 inch baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until light golden brown or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. For soft cookies, do not overbake. Cool completely before frosting.
To make frosting, combine butter and cream cheese until smooth. Stir in vanilla or almond extract and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk one tablespoon at a time until frosting is desired spreading consistency. You may not use all the milk. Spread frosting over cooled cookie bars and cut into squares.