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
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
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.
24 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas: Sugar Cookie Squares”
I wish I found this site earlier. Now I have to prioritize these cookies on my baking list for Christmas gifts.
How many squares does this recipe yield?
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.
I just found your site! I’ll have to try these sweet little things for Valentine’s Day!
Wondering how long these would keep and if they could be frozen?
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!
This looks wonderful. Gotta try it for Christmas. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
can not Waite to try some of your recipes!
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!
Thanks for the comment, Gay! :)
like your post.
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Hi Jan – I don’t have a Pinterest page for my blog. Sorry!
I cant wait to try the sugar cookie squares….thanks
Anna & Lara B. I put a piece of bread into all my air containers or baggies. Keeps the cookies nice and fresh
These were ridiculously good. I tinted my icing green and they were a major hit w/friends. ;-)
Awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed them :)