Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie Bars with Strawberry Buttercream

  • Author: Elizabeth Buuck
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 Cookie Bars 1x

Description

Soft melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie bars topped with super easy and delicious strawberry buttercream.


Ingredients

Scale

For Sugar Cookie Bars

  • 3/4 C (1 1/2 sticks) Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 C Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Lg Egg at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste (you can sub for vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 C All Purpose Flour

For Strawberry Buttercream

  • 1 C (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 4 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Package of Freeze Dried Strawberries – pulverized in a food processor.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 23 TBSP Heavy Cream at room temperature

Instructions

For Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9X9 baking dish with parchment paper
  • In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar for 5 minutes
  • Add egg and vanilla bean paste, mix to combine.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 1/2 at a time, mixing until just combined
  • Press the dough into an even layer in the pan and bake for 15-17 minutes. Let finish baking on the counter
  • Cool completely

For the Strawberry Buttercream

  • In stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed for 5 minutes
  • Sift the powdered sugar and set aside
  • When butter is ready, add salt and vanilla and mix to combine
  • Add the powdered sugar in two batches, mixing for 2-3 minutes each time
  • Add the pulverized strawberries.
  • Add cream 1 TBSP at a time until you reach your desired consistency
  • Spread the buttercream on the cooled cookie bars and then slice and serve!

Notes

I like to make my buttercream when the butter is still a little bit chilled – not completely squishy. My general rule is to let the butter sit out for about 30 minutes before I make a buttercream.

Keywords: Sugar Cookies, Cookie Bars, Strawberry Desserts