It has been a hectic couple of weeks, leading up to an even more hectic couple of weeks coming up here. And, reader dear, I have come to the conclusion that I dislike being busy. Some people thrive on it, but to me it's like death. I would almost rather be bored stiff than have so little time to myself. Sometimes when I'm so busy I barely feel human.
And what counters crazy-busy-ness?
These bars are definitely a go-to treat for me. I always have the ingredients on hand, and they take only 10 - 15 minutes to cook.
Sugar Cookie Bars
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla (or 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp. almond extract)
5 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each one. Add vanilla (& almond extract) and mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
Spread dough/batter onto a greased baking sheet. (This should have a lip to it. Don't use a flat cookie sheet, you need what is sometimes referred to as a jelly roll pan.)
Bake at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.
Let cool completely before frosting.
Now, don't you feel better? I know I do!