Sugar Cookie Bars with Pink frosting

I saw this recipe on Friday Favorites by Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats. And knew I had to make it! Sugar cookies. Yes. Frosting. Yes. Pink frosting. YES! Smile 

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So so so so good. Delicious chewy sugar cookie base with a sugary sweet frosting. And made PINK by a few drops of red food coloring. Winking smile 

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Here’s the recipe:

For the cookie bars:
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For the Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of sea salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tablespoons milk

1. For the cookie bars:

Instructions

1. For the cookie bars: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Line a rimmed 10 x 15-inch (or 9×9-inch brownie pan) with parchment paper; set aside.

3. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

4. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

5. Add the vanilla.

6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda, mixing well.

7. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined.

8. Using a rubber spatula, evenly spread the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet (or brownie pan).

9. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. (They should be light golden brown).

10. Let cool completely.

11. For the frosting: In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

12. Add the vanilla and salt, mixing well.

13. Reduce the mixer speed to low and carefully add the confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time.

14. Add the milk and mix until smooth.

15. Add your desired amount of food color (if using) and mix until incorporated.

16. Frost and decorate as desired onto the cookie bars.

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