Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

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.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | A sugar cookie base topped with a thick layer of vanilla buttercream and sprinkles!Sugar Cookie Bars

Chocolate chip cookie bars (yeah, I could certainly update that photo!) 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 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 | A sugar cookie base topped with a thick layer of vanilla buttercream and sprinkles!

Highly Adaptable

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 Valentines 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! 
Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | A sugar cookie base topped with a thick layer of vanilla buttercream and sprinkles!

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

Serves 16 bars     adjust servings

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 52 mins

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


    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 Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 255kcal Calories from fat 117
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 13g20%
    Saturated Fat 8g40%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 45mg15%
    Sodium 134mg6%
    Carbohydrate 34g11%
    Dietary Fiber 0g0%
    Sugars 24g
    Protein 2g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    1. Love the bar version of these sugar cookies!

    2. Those cookies look delightful – and with a buttercream frosting? Oh boy! Thanks, as always, for the inspiration…

    3. Congrats on the awards! I am so glad you got to meet some fellow bloggers in Indianapolis-that is a rare opportunity and I am sure made for a great time.
      I just saw someones post that made sugar cookies and decorated them…I believe it took them 12 hours! Sometimes I do want the taste of a sugar cookie but I do not have the time to put in. This looks like a great go to recipe to squelch that craving quickly. They look amazing!

    4. Meravigliosi!!!
      I tuoi dolci mi incantano!! Sei molto brava!!!
      Un bacio grande!!!

    5. Lizzy,
      Your persistence paid off! These bars look so good, and sprinkles, make everything better;)

      Congrats on both of your well deserved awards!

    6. Oh Lizzy, congratulations and kudos to you on the awards for your blog! Your blog is so incredible and you deserve them! I love the idea of sugar cookies in a bar! Yum! Lots of good TV coverage of Indianapolis lately; sounds like it was a SUPER great time there!!!

    7. Lovely bars….
      This will be a fantastic treat for anytime….

    8. Congrats on the award Lizzy and I simply adore the finishing with the colorful topping. Please pass over just 1/2 a bar for me to be enjoyed.

    9. Congrats on your awards! Sugar cookie bars – what a great idea. Love the Valentine’s sprinkles, too!

    10. Liz, your “decent” is my “wonderful” when it comes to your desserts, I’m sure 😉
      And love when you post pics of you and your friends, so cute!

    11. Jill | Dulce Dough says:

      Your bars look yummy Liz! Congrats on your awards, and how fun to meet blogging friends in person!

    12. Mmmm I love the sound of a cookie bar! Just perfect. And congrats on the awards! Well deserved 🙂

    13. These look delicious, Liz! and, you totally deserve those awards 🙂

    14. Oh my goodness! My inner child is screaming right now. These are so cute Liz! I want to gobble a couple up right now. Sprinkles are my favorite!

    15. It was a pleasure to meet you in person yesterday, Lizzy! I loved your city…so many nice, friendly people. The goodies you brought were the perfect in-flight snack during my flight home. If you ever find yourself in San Antonio, I will return the favor!!

    16. Sugar cookie bars! How wonderful! I’ll definitely have to try them.

      It’s also wonderful that you got to meet up with some fellow food bloggers. Sounds like you had a great time.

    17. That sounds like such a great way to celebrate Superbowl Sunday!! So glad you got a chance to meet them!

    18. lisa is cooking says:

      I love sugar cookie bars! (And any kind of sugar cookie.) These will be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

    19. Congrats on your blog awards!! I’m in love with all of your recipes! These sugar cookie bars look dangerously good, you can’t go wrong with frosted cookies, yum!

    20. Frosting and sprinkles cover any variety of sins, don’t they? I love that even you get the uneven cookie syndrome sometimes. Lovely bars and I’m envious that you got to meet some of your fellow bloggers!

    21. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

      Icing is a great cover for unperfect tops, I am sure they devoured it. So fun meeting other bloggers.

    22. Red_Shallot says:

      I want it now!

    23. Achu's Amma's Kitchen says:

      sugar cookie bar looks this ur valentines recipe??? this is perfect..

    24. Congrats on the awards! I buzzed these yummy bars!

    25. Lizzy, congratulations on your award…the cookie bars look great as well.
      How fun meeting up with bloggers 🙂
      Hope you have a great week ahead!

    26. Kitchen Belleicious says:

      a cookie and a bar! Genius combo and one I can’t wait to try!

    27. Congrats on the awards. You deserve them. How do you stay so lovely and skinny? I bet you have the best will power in the world … and only eat a little of what you make! Just guessing…lol Curious me.

      Very pretty bars – nice save with the extra egg.

    28. My family loves sugar cookies, these bars look amazing! I know they would disappear quickly at my house!
      Congrats at the award!

    29. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

      These look fantastic… especially with the thick layer of frosting!

    30. Asian-spice mix says:

      U welcome Liz,,,you deserve it,I’m a big fans of your baking recipe idea and amazing pictures,just like this frosted sugar cookie bars,,,,looks yummy and pretty 🙂

    31. Congratulation on your awards! The frosted sugar cookies look absolutely divine and presented beautifully.

    32. So fun to meet other bloggers! These look delicious – I keep seeing these sugar cookie-type bars lately and my craving is getting larger and larger…

    33. Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

      Yummy! My youngest daughter is doing blog hopping with me now, and she said her tummy growled when she saw this. She’s asking me if we could bake this next weekend! I guess we will!
      Congrats on your well deserved awards!

    34. Pegasuslegend says:

      Your cookie bars look great! Congrats on your awards… now I am craving something sweet!!!

    35. I keep seeing cookie bars everywhere! I’ve never had one, and am dying to try one. Now how to make one without eating the whole thing? 😉

    36. Congrats on the awards Liz! These bars sound so delicious and they are so cute :)!

    37. I’ve made some sugar cookie bars like this before, too. Big crowd hit! I like that you perfected them from the original recipe.

    38. Congrats on the awards !!!! These cookie bars looks really pretty 😉 Perfect for every occasion 🙂

    39. Kris' Kitchen says:

      Frosting and sprinkles are a bakers friends…lots of times. Wow…fun to meet fellow bloggers…so glad you got that opportunity.

    40. says:

      Glad you posted these, I’ve been seeing them all over, I want to try them out and love the idea so fun with the Valentine’s sprinkles.

    41. kale @ tastes good to me! says:

      These are so cute!! It’s the kind of recipe I never know how to make but always admire. Love how you left loads of sprinkles at the bottom; I would attempt to dip them!

    42. I really like this recipe, it’s very adaptable. Great pictures too Liz!

    43. Beautiful bars, Liz! You are so lucky to meet fellow bloggers! I wish I met some of my virtual friends one day!
      Congratulations for the awards!

    44. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

      Hm, I’m afraid I’ve never tried cookie bars before. They look so cute and all the kids must love them. You get to meet not one but two? How cool! Congrats on the awards too!

    45. Jane and Lorraine says:

      These look so good! I love frosted sugar cookies, I can only imagine that bars are just as good!

    46. I love making new versions of old favourites – looks like these are just as delicious as the original, too!

    47. Well I think I would prefer to them Valentine day treat 🙂 Looks really cute

    48. FREE GIRL CUTE says:

      looks so great :X
      thanks for sharing :X

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    49. Oh how fun that you got to meet some fellow bloggers! I can imagine what a fun breakfast that was!
      These cookie bars are so beautiful (and your photography has come a long way since the cc bars!) and I bet they taste delicious. What a fun treat!

    50. Oh man sugar cookie bars!! This sounds amazing! (I really need to reel in the sweet tooth! ;)) I definitely have to try these, love sugar cookies. And how cool that you got to meet some fellow bloggers! 🙂

    51. 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!

    52. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family says:

      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.

    53. 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.

    54. 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.

    55. Jenn Kendall says:

      these bars look so delicious and fun!

    56. Buttercream Blondie says:

      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! 🙂

    57. Notcookiesorcake says:

      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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