Soft and sweet, these Sugar Cookie Bars are just like your favorite cookie, just easier to make. A chewy sugar cookie base with a sweet frosting and festive sprinkles. Perfect for any occasion!
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
FROSTED SUGAR COOKIE BARS
Do you love sugar cookies? I’m usually a chocolate chip cookie or something with coconut but I can’t deny the simple pleasure of a sugar cookie.
When I am craving one, or twelve, I want them now. And with no fuss.
That’s what this sugar cookie bar recipe is. NO FUSS!
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SUGAR COOKIE BAR INGREDIENTS
- food coloring, sprinkles
Butter – I like to use salted butter for this recipe. If you have unsalted butter, just add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the recipe.
Sugar – You will need a combination of granulated sugar and powdered sugar.
Flour – Use all purpose flour and be sure to measure it correctly. (See tips below)
Cornstarch – This keeps the cookie bars light and fluffy and give them a fluffy texture.
Egg – Two large eggs at room temperature
Extract – You can use vanilla extract but I love almond extract for these!
Milk – Just use your favorite milk, including almond or soy milk. For a richer tasting frosting you can use heave cream.
Decorations – I love pink food coloring best of all but use your favorite color for the occasion. Decorate with festive and colorful sprinkles if desired.
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HOW TO MAKE SUGAR COOKIE BARS
ONE: Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper and cooking spray. Set aside.
TWO: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and almond extract. Mix to combine.
THREE: Whisk together the flour and cornstarch and slowly add to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Spread in the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until the bars are just set and the edges are light golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
FOUR: While the sugar cookie bars are baking, prepare the frosting. Cream the butter until light and fluffy.
FIVE: Add the sifted powdered sugar and mix until crumbly. Slowly add the milk and mix until smooth.
SIX: Color frosting if desired. When the bars are completely cooled, spread the frosting over the bars and decorate with sprinkles. Slice and enjoy!
For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.
CAN I DOUBLE THIS RECIPE?
You can double this recipe by preparing in two 9×13 baking dishes or you can spread in a prepared half sheet pan. Be sure to check baking times when using a larger baking sheet and adjust accordingly.
HOW TO STORE:
STORE: Store any leftover bars in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
FREEZE: You can freeze unfrosted sugar cookie bars for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge. Then frost when ready. I do not recommend freezing the frosting.
MAKE AHEAD: You can make these bars up to 3 days in advance. Store the cookie base at room temperature in an airtight container. Prepare the frosting and store in the refrigerator until ready to frost and serve the bars.
TIPS FOR NO LEFTOVERS
- Be sure to let the cookie bars cool completely before frosting them or it will melt.
- If you want a richer frosting, you can use heavy cream instead of milk.
- Measure the flour by fluffing it with a fork or spoon, spoon the flour into a measuring cup (don’t pack down), level with knife and then add to recipe.
- If your frosting still seems too thin, add more powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, until you get the consistency you want.
- Change the colors and sprinkles on these sugar cookie bars to match any occasion!
- You can mix in a stand mixer or use a hand mixer.
- Be sure to soften your butter at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before creaming. You want the butter soft and cool, not melted and warm.
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These sweet and tender Sugar Cookie Bars are the best way to enjoy everyone’s favorite cookie. Easy to make and decorated with festive and colorful frosting and sprinkles!
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