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Memorial Day Picnic Table Cookies @KatrinasKitchen

Sugar Cookie Bars {and Gingham Picnic Tablecloth Instructions}

Yield: 1 jellyroll pan
A sugar cookie bar decorated like a picnic table


  • For the sugar cookie bars:
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 Cups four
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Animal crackers nilla wafers, or any other cookie crumbles (optional)
  • black licorice
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/2 Cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup shortening
  • 4 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract optional
  • 4 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • Red spray food coloring


  • For the sugar cookie bars:
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Add this to the wet mixture slowly until just combined.
  • Using your hands press the dough down into a greased jelly roll pan (10x15). You can use a 9x13 of course but you will need to increase the baking time.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • For the Frosting:
  • In a mixing bowl beat butter and shortening until combined. Slowly add extracts and powdered sugar. Add milk/cream as the frosting thickens. Use as much milk/cream as you want until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Spread over cookie bars.
  • Assembling the tablecloth:
  • Lay down a large trash bag and place your frosted cookies on top. (I did this outside...it was windy.)
  • Using masking tape or long 1/2 inch strips of paper make a diagonal pattern across the frosted cookie bars.
  • Spray the cookies with red food coloring.
  • Adjust the paper strips to go the opposite way across the pan and spray again.
  • Place black licorice pieces along the pan to look like ant trails.
  • Sprinkle with cookie crumbs.