As I mentioned yesterday, it’s Cookie Week here on Cupcakes & Kale Chips. So for Mama Mondays, I am bringing you a really fun, easy, cookie to make with even the littlest little kitchen helpers. And it would make a really sweet little gift from your little one. You can even wrap it in homemade wrapping paper. Grandparents everywhere are melting! Get the kids in the kitchen and make Sugar Cookie Bars!
(Brief disclaimer before I go on – Please excuse the disaster in the background of all of the pictures. If you have kept up with my Project Christmas Cookie 2012 status on Facebook, and know anything about my messy baking tendencies, then you understand. It is much cleaner now.)
OK, I know. I love to cook, and I should love having The Bug in the kitchen with me, “helping” me, so that he can learn and we can have a fun bonding experience. Yeah, umm, OK. Have you met my son?
Mr. Grabby Pants?! Having him around sharp objects, open flames, or motorized parts is a sure ticket to the Emergency Room. Notice how far I keep him from the KitchenAid? And when I am letting him add something to the bowl, I unplug it. He cannot be trusted.
Mr. Put it in His Mouth Even Though He is No Longer a Baby?! Raw eggs – always getting his fingers in them then putting his fingers in his mouth. Raw meat – same deal as the eggs, because apparently it looks so appetizing when it is sitting on the counter waiting for me to season it. Raw butternut squash – just has to try it, and then nearly choke on it. But roasted, parmesan crusted zucchini or creamed spinach at dinner? Forget it. This is the first time I ever let him crack an egg.
As evidenced by his technique – chuck the egg into the bowl…
then pull out the shell. Hey, whatever works!
Mr. Gentle as a Rhinoceros?! See him violently shaking the container of sprinkles?
Yeah, imagine what would happen if I gave him a thin, delicate sugar cookie. I imagine a giant pile of crumbs. Which would be fine except he is also…
Mr. Impatient! “I want to do the sprinkles NNNOOOOWWWW!” Seriously, if he were decorating cookies and they were crumbling, then tantrum would be epic.
Mr. Try It NNNOOOWWWW!?! Remember what I said about the tendency to taste raw stuff. Yeah, goes double for sweets, of course.
But last year, I found a recipe for Sugar Cookie Bars from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Perfect! We could make the cookie dough together. I even managed to keep Mr. Grabby Pants in check, and keep most of the flour contained.
I’ll spread it in the pan (Mr. Impatient wanted to go watch Shrek) and bake it. Then once it was cool, I frosted, since Mr. Gentle as a Rhinoceros would destroy the cake. But then I gave him a multi-compartment container of sprinkles,
and let him go at it.
TA DA! Yeah, so it looks like kind of a mess, but whatever!
And tasty, too!
And once you cut them into squares, they actually look kind of pretty!
We are going to give these to his teachers as part of their gifts, so that he can tell them he made them. We have had so much fun making these the past two years that I hope to make it an annual tradition. I can’t wait to see the progression as he gets older.
You can get the recipe for the Sugar Cookie Bars HERE. The frosting recipe sounds fabulous, but I totally cheated and used canned frosting, because something possessed me to buy one awhile ago, and I figured I should use it up so it wouldn’t sit in my pantry for the next year and a half.
Tell me about you traditions that you have with your kids every year for the holidays. Yes, we are doing the Elf on the Shelf thing, but I actually bought the Elf years ago before it became so trendy.
- 5 cups flour
- 1 t salt
- ½ t baking soda
- 1 c butter, room temperature
- 2 c sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 t vanilla
- Frosting, storebought or homemade, and colored with food coloring, if desired
- Sprinkles, jimmies, nonpareils, etc.
- Preheat your oven with 375°F, and line a 13x18 inch pan with parchment paper (or grease it, but the parchment makes it easier to lift out the entire cookie at once).
- In a large bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda or add to the bowl and stir with a whisk to combine.
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg.
- Mix in the vanilla.
- Redice mixer speed to low and slowly sdd the flour mixture to wet mixture and mix just until combined.
- Spread on prepared baking sheet. Dough will be sticky. I find spraying oil or cooking spray on my hands and/or a spatula makes it easier.
- Bake at 375° for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean (they won't look done, so do the toothpick test).
- Cool completely, remove from the pan if desired, frost and decorate.
- Cut into small squares.
Want some more bar recipes?
- Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting
- White Chocolate Salted Caramel Gooey Bars
- Chocolate PB Salted Caramel Krispie Bars
Plus some different types of sugar cookie bars from my friends:
- Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars from Chocolate Moosey
- Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars from Chocolate, Chocolate & More
- Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Bars from Lemons for Lulu