Sugar Cookie Bars

I originally saw these on Love and Olive Oil. They're really tasty, and the bar form makes them very easy to make.

Sugar Cookie Bars
 For the cookies:
1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
2 c sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

For the frosting:
1 c butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 c confectioners sugar
5 T milk
food coloring

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Gradually add butter mixture and mix until just combined. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet (13x18) or line with parchment paper. Evenly spread batter into pan. Bake 15-20 minutes until light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

To make frosting, beat butter until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add confectioners sugar, one cup at a time, until combined and then add milk and mix until smooth. Add food coloring if desired. Spread over cooled cookies, then cut into bars.


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