frosted sugar cookie bars
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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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: birthday cookies, cookie bars, easy dessert, sprinkles
Servings: 24
Calories: 426kcal
Author: Julie Clark


For the Cookie Bars:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 teapsoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the Frosting:

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


Make the Cookie Batter:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  •  Spray a 17x12 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.



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.


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