Sugar Cookie Bars

If you love sugar cookies, try these frosted Sugar Cookie Bars! Spread the cookie batter in a sheet cake pan for an easy party dessert. 

frosted sugar cookie bars
Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe

I’m a sucker for a good sugar cookie. By the amount of sugar cookie recipes we have on this site, you all know that. When I think of a dessert, my mind often goes to chocolate, but I can never, ever pass up a sugar cookie bar. The good news? Sugar cookie bars are easy. Much easier than rolling out cookie dough or even scooping cookies onto a baking sheet to bake individually.

How to Make Sugar Cookie Bars

Now that I’ve convinced you to make sugar cookie bars, here’s how to do it!

  • Make the cookie dough just like you would any other. Cream together the butter and sugar, and add the eggs and flavor extracts. Mix the dry ingredients, then add them into the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  • For this recipe you’ll need a 17×12″ sheet pan. Spray it with cooking spray (and you can also line it with parchment paper if you’d like), then press the cookie dough into the pan.
  • Bake the cookie bars at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes. You do not want to overbake this recipe. The cookie bars are best when you don’t allow them to brown at all. This will make for a chewy sugar cookie bar that is soft and delicious!
how to make sugar cookie bars

How do you decorate sugar cookie bars?

We make a simple buttercream frosting for these bars. You can color the frosting any color you’d like or even just leave it white. You could also do a dusting of powdered sugar and fresh fruit if you’d like to lower the calories.

Or if you’d really like to make them easy, use 1 tub of store-bought frosting. Easy!

plate of sugar cookie bars

How do you store sugar cookie bars?

These cookie bars freeze well, but if you are going to be eating them within 48 hours, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

frosted sugar cookie bars
frosted sugar cookie bars

Sugar Cookie Bars

5 from 3 votes
If you love sugar cookies, try these frosted Sugar Cookie Bars! Spread the cookie batter in a sheet cake pan for an easy party dessert.
Servings 24
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the Cookie Bars:

  • 1 1/2 cups salted butter (softened) 12 ounces
  • 2 cups granulated sugar 400 grams
  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 teapsoon vanilla extract 5 grams
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract 5 grams
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour 650 grams
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 9 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3 grams

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter (softened) 8 ounces
  • 4 cups powdered sugar 520 grams
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 8 grams
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream 45-60 grams
  • food coloring and sprinkles (optional)

Instructions
 

Make the Cookie Batter:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  •  Spray a 17×12 rimmed cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until creamy. 
  • Add in the eggs, vanilla and almond extracts, and then mix until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix just until the dough is well combined. Do not overmix!
  • Press the cookie dough evenly into the greased cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. (My oven took about 17 minutes. Try not to let the cookie bars brown. If the edges start to brown, remove from oven immediately.)
  • Cool the bars on a wire rack.

Make the Frosting

  • In a stand mixer bowl, with the mixer on medium speed, whip the butter for 2 minutes until it is almost white in color.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk. 
  • Beat on low speed for 3-5 minutes, adding in the last tablespoon of milk if the buttercream needs to be thinner.
  • Add in food coloring if you’d like and mix well.
  • Once the cookie bars are cool, frost the bars and decorate.
  •  Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Video

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cookie bars being cut into 24 pieces, with all of the frosting used. 1 serving is 1 frosted cookie bar. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 53mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 426
Keyword birthday cookies, cookie bars, easy dessert, sprinkles

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Christina
3 years ago

Trying to come up with a little family friendly Christmas competition. Last year we did ginger bread house. So this year I thought cookie decorating contest. Wonder if I could make this and then after cooked use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. This way each person can pick what shape of cookie they want.

Kristine Foley
3 years ago

5 stars
Made these for a potluck this week and everyone LOVED them. Definitely saving this for future events. Super easy to make too 🙂

Anna
2 years ago

I would like to make these for Easter. My problem is I don’t have a 17 x 12 pan. I have a 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 and a
17 x 13 1/2. I can not go shopping due to the Corona Virus. Can I use one of these pans?

Angi
1 year ago

Anyone make without using almond extract? One of my kiddos is allergic.