Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe Type : Dessert Author: Adapted slightly from Annie's Eats Prep time: 85 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 1 hour 40 mins Serves: 24+ The bar version of the famous Lofthouse sugar cookies.
COOKIE BARS: Move oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13 x 18″ rimmed baking sheet (a standard-sized cookie sheet) with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.
In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in vanilla and lemon zest (if using). Add dry ingredients to mixer bowl and pulse on low until just combined.
Transfer cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet and smooth into even layer. Bake 10-15 minutes, until light golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Move pan to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
FROSTING: Add butter to clean bowl of stand mixer and beat on medium-high until smooth, about 1 minute. Add vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar and pulse on low until blended and smooth, 1-2 minutes. Pour in milk and mix until smooth and combined. Tint as desired with food coloring. Spread frosting evenly over cooled cookie bars in the pan, cover evenly with sprinkles and cut into bars.