These frosted sugar cookie bars are quick to make and travel well if you are on the go this holiday season.
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3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 to 4 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half
Red and green food color
Heat oven to 375°F.
Combine sugar, 2/3 cup butter, milk, vanilla and egg in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed. Spread mixture into ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and almond extract in bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Reserve 1/2 cup frosting; set aside. Spread remaining frosting over cooled bars. Cut into 48 bars.
Tint half of reserved frosting with red food color and other half with green food color. Pipe tree design in center of each square, alternating red and green trees every other bar.
To pipe the Christmas tree design on each bar, use pastry bag and decorating tip #4 or place frosting in small resealable plastic food bag. Snip small hole in one corner of bag to pipe.