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When I don’t have time to mess with making individual cookies, these fabulous Frosted Sugar Cookies Bars come to mind. My family is thrilled when I dig out my rolling pin and cookie cutters, but making traditional iced sugar cookies is a huge project.

These bars provide the same irresistible flavors in a fraction of the time. And who can resist sprinkles???!

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars on an oval white ceramic plate

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Chocolate chip cookie bars have always been part of our dessert rotation. I could make them blindfolded. So I thought I could do a similar pan cookie with sugar cookie dough.

My first attempt on making frosted sugar cookie bars was decent (they went to a Super Bowl party with my oldest. The 20-year-old crowd has lower standards than I do!), but the consistency of the cookie wasn’t quite right.  I tweaked it some more, and it was much improved.  Frosting and sprinkles disguised the uneven rise and gave us another Valentine’s Day/Super Bowl treat.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars on an oval white plate

Perfect for Any Occasion!

These sugar cookie bars can be jazzed up with little effort! Buy some seasonal sprinkles (think red and green for Christmas or red and pink for Valentine’s Day) or add a festive food coloring to the frosting. I think a bit of almond extract added to the dough along with the vanilla would be delicious, too. My family adores frosting, so I doubled my original recipe. Feel free to cut it back if frosting is not your thing! 

If you love sugar cookies, you must check out these Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies, Classic Vanilla Spritz Cookies, and The Best Sugar Cookies plus these 30+ Christmas Cookies!

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Photos circa 2012

I had the thrill of meeting three fellow food bloggers yesterday.  Basilmomma, The Dutch Baker’s Daughter, and Wendy The Weekend Gourmet were in Indianapolis for The Taste of the NFL party celebrating the Super Bowl. We visited over breakfast like we had known each other for years. These gals are nice as can be. If you haven’t visited their blogs, please do! I was so lucky they took time out of their busy schedules to see me.


Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Buttery sugar cookie bars topped with a thick layer of vanilla buttercream. Inspired by AllRecipes

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Yield 16 bars


Cookie layer

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • Sprinkles, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, then vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix till well blended. Spread evenly in a greased 8x8-inch pan. Bake 20-22 minutes. Remove to rack to cool completely.
  2. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar,vanilla, and cream. Beat for 5 minutes. Spread on cooled cookies. Garnish with sprinkles if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 46mg Sodium: 224mg Carbohydrates: 32g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 23g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
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57 comments on “Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars”

  1. The sugar cookie bars look awesome,Lizzy!The get-together must have been a lovely experience as I gather from the lovely photo of you amazing ladies out there:)Congrats on the dual awards – they are definitely at the right place!

  2. Sugar cookie in bar form is genius. With icing you are right no one would even notice an unever rise…although I suspect the flavor alone would make them not notice.

  3. Congrats on your awards. I love his site. I always have trouble getting there by foodbuzz for some reason though. Also so wonderful you got to meet some other bloggers. I still have not met anyone in person. You are so lucky. These bars are fabulous.

  4. i made something similar a couple of weeks ago and found them too dry. hubby loved them so I’m still debating if i should write about or not.

  5. these bars look so delicious and fun!

  6. I love sugar cookie bars & they’re always such a hit! Yours look & sound amazing, and now I want to make a batch! I also want to tell you that the triple chocolate mousse cake you made is absolutely gorgeous! You make beautiful desserts Lizzy! 🙂

  7. I made this tonight and I’m dissapointed. I would give it 2 stars. It’s not a good cookie or good cake but something in between that is meh. I wouldn’t recommend the recipe or make it again 🙁 sorry. All the reviews say it looks good for a reason…. Because it only looks good.

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