Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie Bars

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie Bars – These sugar cookie bars are also known as Very Vanilla Sugar Cookie Bars because they are packed with vanilla flavor. They are a classier take on that traditional kid-friendly sugar cookie bar. Don’t worry though these are still most definitely kid-friendly, I can already tell you they won’t want to eat the Violas though :). The flower decoration is are totally optional, really I just added them for some color and in celebration of Mother’s Day. Yes, these specific flowers are edible but really they don’t have much taste and the light taste is floral. It’s like the pretty fondant decorations you see on cakes, they look beautiful but does anyone really want to eat them? I personally am yet to find a fondant that I like, it’s just too gummy or paste-y or something.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie Bars

Who wouldn’t love a fancy take on sugar cookie bars? Don’t vanilla beans just make anything more elegant? Those thousands of little gourmet flecks just make me happy. I love vanilla beans! These sugar cookie bars are soft, perfectly sweet, decadently vanilla flavored deliciousness and after just one taste they will most definitely leave you craving more.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie Bars

Ingredients

Bars

  • 2 3/4 cups (388g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (164g) granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (76g) powdered sugar
  • Seeds of 1 small vanilla bean
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter (I like to use 1/4 cup salted and 1/4 cup unsalted)
  • Seeds of 1 small vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) powdered sugar
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp half and half

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