Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
When there’s no time to mess with making individual cookies, these fabulous Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars are the answer. My family is thrilled when I dig out my rolling pin and cookie cutters, but making traditional iced sugar cookies is a huge project.
This Cookie Bar Recipe provides the same irresistible flavors in a fraction of the time. And who can resist sprinkles???!
Why You Must Make
- These sugar cookie bars are faster and easier than making individual frosted sugar cookies.
- Look at that thick layer of cream cheese frosting!
- Sprinkles make them extra festive and perfect for any holiday or celebration.
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. Cookie bars are a terrific way to serve a crowd.
My first attempt at 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 the recipe some more, and these bar cookies are excellent.
- PRO-Tip: Line your pan with non-stick foil for easy cleanup and removal from the pan. Once the bars are frosted, the foil can be used as a sling to move them to a cutting board.
- Measure your ingredients carefully, especially the flour. Too much flour will make dry bars. When measuring flour scoop your measuring cup into the flour, then use a straight-edge tool (like an offset spatula) to remove the excess flour from the top of the cup.
- PRO-Tip: Once the flour is added, mix just until combined. Too much beating will add air to the dough and also activate the gluten in the flour. Either of these will affect the texture of the bars.
- 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 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 loves frosting, so my updated recipe has an extra thick layer. If you prefer less frosting, you can make half a batch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bar cookies are created when a soft dough is spread and baked in a shallow pan. Once cooled, they can be cut into bars. Denser than cake, they can be frosted or unfrosted, like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.
Look to see if the sides have pulled away from the sides of the pan and the center is set. The top of the bars will also lose its shiny appearance when fully cooked. PRO-Tip: When bars reach 175-185° internally, the eggs have coagulated (solidified) and the starch in the flour has gelatinized, meaning they are fully cooked.
If they’re unfrosted bars like my chocolate chip cookie bars, they just need 20-30 minutes for the crust to solidify, making it easier to cut them into bars. We like to serve those bars slightly warm so the chocolate is still gooey.
For frosted bars, the cookie layer will need to cool completely before frosting so the warmth of the bar does not melt the frosting. This could take an hour or longer, but putting them in the refrigerator can speed up the process.
Once they are fully cooled and frosted, remove the bars (using your nonstick foil to assist) from the pan and place them on a cutting board. The following technique works when using square baking pans.
Use a sharp knife and slice from top to bottom and from side to side making 4 equal squares. Then cut each of those squares into 4 equal squares.
Use a hot, dry knife and wipe it clean after each cut. You can also chill the bars which will help make cleaner slices. Another option is to spray the knife with Pam or another non-stick cooking spray to keep the frosting from sticking to the knife as you slice.
Check out my post on How to Cut Perfect Cookie Bars for more tips and tricks.
You May Also Like:
- Giant Sugar Cookies
- Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies
- Classic Vanilla Spritz Cookies
- The Best Sugar Cookies
- Plus these 30+ Christmas Cookies
Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
Buttery sugar cookie bars topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting.
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sprinkles (multi-color or seasonal)
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Sprinkles, optional
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, then vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients except for sprinkles, and mix till well blended.
- Gently mix in sprinkles.
- Using an offset spatula, spread evenly in a 9 x 9-inch pan lined with non-stick foil. The dough will be thick.
- Bake 20 for minutes.
- Remove to rack to cool completely.
- Make the frosting by beating together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Using an offset spatula, spread the frosting onto the cooled bar cookies.
- Garnish with additional sprinkles before frosting sets.
Recipe tweaked from All Recipes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 224mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 2g
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.
57 Comments on “Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars”
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.
Frosting and sprinkles are a bakers friends…lots of times. Wow…fun to meet fellow bloggers…so glad you got that opportunity.
Congrats on the awards !!!! These cookie bars looks really pretty 😉 Perfect for every occasion 🙂
I’ve made some sugar cookie bars like this before, too. Big crowd hit! I like that you perfected them from the original recipe.
Congrats on the awards Liz! These bars sound so delicious and they are so cute :)!
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? 😉
Your cookie bars look great! Congrats on your awards… now I am craving something sweet!!!
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!
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…
Congratulation on your awards! The frosted sugar cookies look absolutely divine and presented beautifully.
That sounds like such a great way to celebrate Superbowl Sunday!! So glad you got a chance to meet them!
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 🙂
These look fantastic… especially with the thick layer of frosting!
My family loves sugar cookies, these bars look amazing! I know they would disappear quickly at my house!
Congrats at the award!
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.
a cookie and a bar! Genius combo and one I can’t wait to try!
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!
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!
Congrats on the awards! I buzzed these yummy bars!
sugar cookie bar looks awesome..is this ur valentines recipe??? this is perfect..