Add some American pride to your summer bbq or potluck with these easy Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars! They're thick, soft and chewy Fourth of July cookies decorated with red, white and blue sprinkles and candy.
Sprinkles, m&m's and white chocolate chips, for topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13'' baking pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix just until combined.
Press the sugar cookie mixture gently into an even layer into the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 10-13 minutes--DON'T over-bake! You'll be tempted, but the bars should just be barely set in the center and the edges wont be browned at all.
Allow the bars to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting:
Add the butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar to a mixing bowl and cream together with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
Add remaining powdered sugar and vanilla.
Add as much milk as needed to reach a good soft frosting consistency.
Smooth frosting over the bars and sprinkle with toppings.
Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days and in the refrigerator up to 5.
To make ahead: The bars and frosting can be made one day in advance. Store the bars covered at room temperature and store the frosting covered in the fridge. You could also freeze the unfrosted bars for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, frost, cut, and serve.