My husband is a sucker for sugar cookies. I, however, would much rather have a nice brownie over a sugar cookie on any given day.
I had just made a pan of our Sugar Cookie Bars (per my husband’s request) and started thinking about how good a chocolate sugar cookie would be – something thick, rich, and dense; something you could really sink your teeth into. Top it with thick, fudgy icing and that is a sugar cookie I could get excited about!
So, I got to work. After a couple attempts, this was the end result. They are pretty much amazing. I love making this bar version of sugar cookies because it literally takes only a couple of minutes! You just have to be sure to not overbake these, otherwise they might turn out a little dry.
Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars
Looking for a dense and rich chocolate cookie? It doesn't get much better than these chocolate sugar cookie bars!
1/4 cup sour cream (could also substitute plain Greek yogurt)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
1-2 teaspoons vanilla (depending on your taste)
3 tablespoons of cocoa
2-3 cups of powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x13" baking pan (or spray with non-stick cooking spray - my favorite for baking recipes is Baker's Joy ).
In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add in the egg, vanilla, and sour cream and mix until completely incorporated.
Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well.
Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Press the dough into the prepared pan (I had to use my hands to press the thick dough all the way to the edges of the pan) and bake for 13-14 minutes (be sure not to overbake or they will become dry).
While waiting for the bars to cool, make your frosting by mixing all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth (I used a hand mixer). Add more powdered sugar or milk until you reach desired consistency and spread on top of bars.