Sugar Cookie Bars are a classic! Fluffy, soft and a little bit chewy, these bars are topped with a creamy homemade frosting.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a stand mixer, beat together butter, cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes until blended, light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, egg and egg yolk and beat for 3 minutes.
In a bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Add half the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined.
Add the rest of the flour, scraping down the edges until everything is fully mixed. Stop when you no longer see flour.
Transfer dough to prepared baking pan and press it down with a spatula' covering the whole pan evenly. Bake for 25 min.
Whisk butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and heavy cream Mix on low speed until combined.
Turn up the speed to high. Whisk until very fluffy and light. Add two drops of food gel if using and beat until completely mixed, and the color even.
Once your bars are cool, frost them and add sprinkles.
Remove bars from pan and cut them into squares.
I prefer to use gel food coloring, because it doesn’t affect the texture of the frosting.
Don’t skip the cream cheese, it helps make the bars soft and fluffy.
Be sure to use room temperature butter.