These Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars are a delicious, soft holiday treat. They are simple to make, while being both tasty and festive.: bars laying on white table
The only downfall of being a baker during the holiday season is… well… can you guess? Running to the store three times a day. I’ve had to make multiple trips to and from our local Walmart to grab additional flour, eggs, or milk. I loved it when I found that this year items I usually use more of all baking season now come in a larger size, such as baking soda and flour.
- 5 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons clear almond extract or clear vanilla extract
- 6 drops green food coloring
- 6 drops red food coloring
- 4 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 cup butter room temp
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon almond extract or clear vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 13" x 9" pan with parchment paper.
- In a small mixing bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.
- Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in almond extract.
- Then with the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
- Evenly divide dough into two small mixing bowls.
- In one bowl add 6 drops of green food coloring, stir to mix in the coloring. Continue to mix in more green food coloring until you get the color you desire.
- In the other bowl add 6 drops of red food coloring, stir to mix in the coloring. Continue to mix in more red food coloring until you get the color you desire.
- Spread the dough to the prepared pan, I added the green first but you could do either one. Then add the remaining dough on top and spread, this was red for me.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Test at 20 minutes with a toothpick to check the baking process, then recheck at 25 minutes. Tester should come out clean when bars are done baking. Allow to cool completely before frosting.