Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Recipes

Traybake Sugar Cookies

If there’s any term that I picked up from the Great British Bake Off that I loved to use it’s “traybake.” I don’t know how I had never come across it until I started (religiously) watching the show. This traybaked and sliced cookie is a slight spin on your classic sugar cookie. Also it’s a much lazier way to make cookies because you don’t have to roll individual cookie balls out. (Hint, hint to those in time crunches.) And I made my frosting green in honour of St Patrick’s Day!  
Last year I brought you Guinness Cupcakes with Ganache and Baileys Frosting. This year something slightly less boozy!
Traybake Sugar Cookies

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 Let’s be honest, I’ve never encountered a cookie I don’t like.
 

Ingredients:
(For cookies)
2 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1/4 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons of greek yogurt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
(Frosting)
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup of cream cheese
3 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
pinch of salt
food colouring

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When I bake things that don’t have any decoration I don’t call it “lazy,” I call it “rustic”.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a 9×13 tray with baking parchment. Cut your parchment so that little flaps hang over the edges and then you can just lift the traybake out of the tray when cool. Mix all your dry ingredients together in one bowl. Cream the butter, oil and sugars together in a separate bowl. Then add in the egg, vanilla and yogurt. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ones and stir until thoroughly combined. Spread the batter into your tray and try to even out the top as well as possible.
Bake for 17-20 minutes. The edges with only go slightly golden. These are supposed to be wet and dense. Let them cool in the try.
Make your frosting whilst the cookies are cooling. Cream the butter, cream cheese and 2 cups of the powdered sugar together. Then add in the milk and vanilla. Stir in the remaining powdered sugar and the salt. Lastly add in the food colouring of your choice! Wait to frost the top of the traybake until it has cooled completely and then slice into bars. 

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Do you have any exciting St Patrick’s Day plans?

 

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  • I love watching the Great British Bake-Off and these look so good! BTW the pb chocolate cupcake recipe is now mine and my husband’s favorite cupcakes! I will be making that recipe over and over again 🙂

    • It’s one of my favourite shows on tv! (Is it sad to admit that?) I am so, so glad that you enjoyed them! Their a favourite in our household as well! x

  • I often call my food rustic and once it is done I am sure as hell not spending time making it look all pretty before I eat it!

  • I love a good biscuit/cookie. I have no trays but just make my cookies the lazy way (using roasting pans because that’s all I have). I make little balls with my hands and then flatten them with a fork. It makes for some interesting looking biccies!

    • Haha, that’s great because you’ll end up with some amazing shapes. It could be like watching clouds- someone has a dinosaur, someone a heart, etc! x

  • I am a fan of making cookie bars instead of having to roll out individual balls and wait for all the batches to be done!

    • Yes! Also I get really impatient waiting for batches to go in and out of the oven and always just start eating the cookie dough. Maybe that’s just me though! x

  • can I just say that GBBO is one of the most intense and stressful shows I have ever watched? THERE IS SO MUCH PRESSURE. can’t handle it. (and love it. obviously!)

    • Right?! And when the media was giving Ruby so much crap for crying frequently I kept thinking to myself “Why aren’t there MORE tears on Bake Off?” I’d be a puddle on the floor! It’s way too much pressure. (Also Paul can be mean). Luckily, I’d have my girl crush Sue there to pick up the pieces. *fan girl moment over* x

  • So a traybake is like a sheet cookie? Interesting.

  • Green cookies! This is combining two of my favourite things in the whole world.

    • I forgot your favourite colour is green! Though I should have remembered after perusing your wedding board on pinterest 😉 x

  • Ohh, I love that there’s greek yogurt in this!

    • Lately I’ve been trying to substitute greek yogurt into pretty much everything. (For cream, sour cream, cream cheese etc.) And so far there haven’t been any flops. I’ve also taken to eating a bit with a tiny drizzle of honey or berries every time I crave something sweet and I love it. It’s so much tastier than regular yogurt, in my opinion at least! x

  • Traybakes are such a good way to bake and create delicious things. A friend of mine set up a traybake business in London (she did cakes – chocolate & carrot) and sold them to businesses and had a delivery option. She ended up doing really well and added a few more options. It was so great as she made everything in the tray and just sent it off to be sold off in whole, or individual pieces! Yum!

    • That’s a great idea for a business! I’d love to try her cakes! Do certain cafes/bakeries carry them? x

      • She was selling in major train stations (Paddington etc), and through some deli/stores – can’t remember the names, but she has everything in indiviual borwn cardboard boxes. I know that is not very helpful …

        • I’ll keep an eye out for them. It’ll be my own personal scavenger hunt. Plus I go through paddington/victoria etc fairly frequently! x

  • My goodness, these look fantastic.

  • Mmm like cookie squares! I like the sounds of your last year’s St. Paddy’s recipe!

    • I spread last year’s around the other actors in Sam’s dressing room and I think I was a temporary favourite person 😉 x

  • I totally like this strategy when it comes to making cookies. Laziness for the win! My family always called it “The giant cookie” when we made cookies like this growing up. 😛

  • I love “rustic” frosting too, mostly because I have no patience for trying to make my frosting look good 🙂 These traybake cookies are new to me and now I must, must try them!

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad that someone else is onboard with the “rustic” look. Usually blogging creations are primed and premed to perfection! x