12 Days of Christmas: Sugar Cookie Squares


I love Christmas cut-out cookies (I’ll be posting a recipe for those later this month!) but sometimes they are just so… much… work. Make the dough, chill the dough, roll the dough, cut the dough, bake the dough, frost the cookie, decorate the cookie, PHEW! If you want an easy shortcut that still maintains the flavor and concept of a frosted cookie, give these a try.

Sugar Cookie Squares
Recipe source: Land O’ Lakes
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3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Frosting:
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 to 4 Tablespoons milk

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Combine sugar, 2/3 cup butter, milk, vanilla, and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well.
2. Spread mixture into ungreased 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set; cool completely.
3. Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and almond extract in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Spread frosting over cooled bars; decorate with sprinkles [optional], cut into squares.

  • Catalina - December 11, 2011 - 6:26 pm

    I wish I found this site earlier. Now I have to prioritize these cookies on my baking list for Christmas gifts.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Arscott - December 21, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    How many squares does this recipe yield?ReplyCancel

    • Annie - December 21, 2011 - 1:14 pm

      Depends on how large you cut them & how thinly you spread the dough. The dough will spread to cover about 2/3 of a 11×15 jelly roll pan. I usually get about 30 squares, but again, it depends.ReplyCancel

  • Louise - January 11, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    I just found your site! I’ll have to try these sweet little things for Valentine’s Day!ReplyCancel

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  • Lara B - November 17, 2012 - 10:07 pm

    Wondering how long these would keep and if they could be frozen?ReplyCancel

    • Annie - November 17, 2012 - 10:08 pm

      If you kept them in an air-tight container, I think they’d keep about a week. I’m not sure if they could be frozen — it’s worth a try though!ReplyCancel

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  • Dorothy - November 19, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Gayle Cruickshank - November 19, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    This looks wonderful. Gotta try it for Christmas. Thanks for sharing the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • janet wendl - November 19, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    can not Waite to try some of your recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Gay Wangensteen - November 20, 2013 - 7:42 am

    Thanks So much!! My kids and I love preparing Chritmas things together. We will surely try it and eat them all up and I will be thinking of you and your sweet heart!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - November 20, 2013 - 8:25 am

      Thanks for the comment, Gay! :)ReplyCancel

  • kathy bredeson - November 20, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    like your post.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Sporter - November 21, 2013 - 5:19 pm

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    • Annie - November 21, 2013 - 6:20 pm

      Hi Jan – I don’t have a Pinterest page for my blog. Sorry!ReplyCancel

  • janice turskey - November 22, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    I cant wait to try the sugar cookie squares….thanksReplyCancel

  • Ruth - November 23, 2013 - 5:27 am

    Anna & Lara B. I put a piece of bread into all my air containers or baggies. Keeps the cookies nice and freshReplyCancel

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  • monica - November 8, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    christmas cookiesReplyCancel

  • Diane - December 4, 2014 - 11:28 am

    These were ridiculously good. I tinted my icing green and they were a major hit w/friends. ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Annie - December 4, 2014 - 11:28 am

      Awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed them :)ReplyCancel

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