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Sugar Cookie Bars

Ingredients

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Sugar Cookie Bars
½ Cup Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Almond Extract
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
½ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Cup Rainbow Sprinkles 

Buttercream Frosting
1 Cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter
¼ Cup Vegetable Shortening
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
Rainbow Sprinkles for Garnish

Instructions

Prepare the Sugar Cookie Bars:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a 9×9 inch square cake pan with parchment paper
In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; set aside
In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, cream together the unsalted butter and granulated sugar until smooth and fluffy
Add in the egg and egg yolk to the creamed butter and sugar and mix until fully combined
On low speed, slowly add in the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until fully combined
Just before the cookie batter is finished mixing, add the sprinkles into the batter and mix on low speed until sprinkles are mixed throughout the batter
Remove the bowl from the electric mixer and scrape the sugar cookie batter into the prepared square cake pan
Press the sugar cookie batter into the pan until it is spread evenly
Bake the Sugar Cookie Bars for 14-16 minutes or until the top of the cookie has a very light golden edge
Remove the Sugar Cookie Bars from the oven and allow them to cool completely before removing them from the pan
While you are waiting for the Sugar Cookie Bars to cool, prepare the Buttercream Frosting

Prepare the Buttercream Frosting:
In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, cream together the unsalted butter and vegetable shortening until creamy
Add the vanilla extract into the butter mixture
Slowly add the powdered sugar into the butter mixture, one cup at a time until fully combined
Mix the Buttercream Frosting on medium to high for 3-4 minutes until the buttercream is light, fluffy and smooth
Remove the buttercream frosting from the mixing bowl and store in an airtight container until ready to use
Once the Sugar Cookie Bars are cooled, remove the bars from the pan and spread the Buttercream Frosting to cover the top of the bars
Garnish with rainbow sprinkles
For a straight and easy cut, refrigerate the bars for 5 minutes to allow the Buttercream Frosting to set
Cut the Sugar Cookie Bars into desired shape and size, serve and enjoy!
If you are not serving immediately, store the bars in an airtight container for 2-3 days