SUGAR COOKIE BARS

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▢1¼ cups sugar ▢¾ cup unsalted butter softened ▢1 (8-ounce_ package cream cheese, softened ▢1 egg ▢1 tablespoon vanilla extract ▢1 teaspoon almond extract ▢1¾ cups all-purpose flour ▢1 teaspoon baking soda ▢1 teaspoon baking powder Frosting ▢3½ cups powdered sugar ▢½ cup unsalted butter softened ▢3-4 tablespoons milk ▢2 teaspoons vanilla extract ▢½ teaspoon almond extract ▢food coloring optional ▢sprinkles for topping (optional)

Ingredients

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-x-13-inch baking dish and set aside.

Instructions

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To make the bars, beat sugar, butter, cream cheese and egg together with a hand mixer in a medium bowl until well blended and a bit frothy, 2–3 minutes.

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Add vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.

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In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat for a few minutes. Pour into a prepared pan and bake for 18–20 minutes. Let cool.

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While the cake is cooling, make frosting by beating together powdered sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and almond extracts until well combined, starting with 3 tablespoons milk and adding more as needed to reach the desired texture. Add food coloring.  Enjoy!

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