Are you in charge of bringing dessert for Easter Sunday? Or are you hosting and put all your focus into the main course? Just like sweets? We have an easy, semi-homemade Easter (or any holiday really) dessert that will make everyone happy! A sugar cookie sheet cake. I snagged this recipe from Together as Family and it’s so simple and you can make it as homemade as you prefer. Spoiler alert. I cheated on the frosting and just grabbed a few cans of cream cheese frosting.
Let’s hop (see what I did there?) into this one. First things first, spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and set aside. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Ingredients Needed (for sugar cookie bars)
1 cup (2 sticks) salter butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon table salt (1 teaspoon if you use unsalted butter)
½ teaspoon baking soda
First, put the softened butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix for 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined. Add in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and mix. In a separate bowl, mix together your dry ingredients; flour, table salt and baking soda, and gently mix together. Gradually put the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Spread the cookie dough onto the greased sheet pan. I actually sprayed some nonstick spray onto my hands so the dough wouldn’t stick. It spread pretty easily. Place in preheated oven and bake for 13-16 minutes. The edges should be barely light golden brown and the center should look pale and puffy. Let it cool completely in the pan before frosting.
If you want to be an over-achiever (kidding of course 😉), you can use the recipe for her cream cheese frosting. While I’m certain it tastes better than the store bought version, I was too lazy to find out for sure. One big advantage to making your own frosting is that it will harden and you can stack your sugar cookie bars. I’m not certain my store bought, from a can, frosting will allow me to stack these.
Once whatever frosting you’re using is ready, drop a few drops of your chosen color and mix well. I chose pink (actually red) because it screams Easter to me. Spread the frosting over the cooled sugar cookie bars. Sprinkles are always added fun so we put some rainbow sprinkles all over the bars!
Once your frosting and sprinkles are done, my suggestion is to use a plastic knife to cut along the edge of the pan. This creates a smooth edge and the excess can be handed out to those kids who are not so patiently waiting for their sugar cookie bar. After every cut with my plastic knife I used a paper towel to take off whatever frosting was still on the knife. It makes for a cleaner cut. Out of one sheet pan, I got 24 good sized sugar cookie bars so this recipe is great for a crowd!
I hope you have a joyous Easter with all those you love. And I hope if you’re looking for a simple, delicious Easter dessert, this recipe helps! Happy Easter! 🐰