How to Make Sugar Cookie Bars

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Having go-to dessert recipes that are simple to whip up in a pinch is a rite of passage when you become an adult, am I right? These Sugar Cookie Bars will be a favorite wherever you serve them. Be sure to save this recipe for a simple and delicious festive treat that you are sure to make again and again.

Desserts that are made from scratch have so much flavor. If you have never tried it, you need to try this recipe! These Sugar Cookie Bars need only a few ingredients to make! Using the right ingredients can help you make the most delicious cookie bars you’ll ever taste. Pre-made cookie doughs are nice, but homemade bars can really change your whole baking mindset. In case you missed my other Soft Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

How to Make Sugar Cookie Bars

Making these cookie bars from scratch is pretty awesome! A lot of recipes these days show you how to make shortcuts and how to do things from pre-made mixes, but I want to show you how to make these from scratch.

The only ingredients you need to be sure to have ready to go for the bars are flour, butter, eggs, and vanilla. If you do any amount of baking and cooking, you keep the other items stocked, especially during the holidays!

For the frosting, you’ll just need sprinkles, cream cheese, a little more butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar and you’ll have a delicious frosting to make your sugar cookie bars festive and fancy! To tailor your sugar cookie bars to different holidays, use specifically colored or shaped sprinkles!

Not only are these sugar cookie bars a quick and simple way to make a large dessert, it’s possible to make them for just about any occasion! You’ll be whipping them up all the time.

Step One

Gather the ingredients so you are ready to make these. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Get a 9-inch square pan and grease or line it with parchment paper.

How to Make Sugar Cookie Bars

Step Two

Cream the butter and sugar

Step Three

Add the egg and vanilla or almond extract and beat until smooth.

Add egg and vanilla extract

Step Four

Add the flour and the baking powder. Mix until smooth.

Add the flour and baking powder

Step Five

Gently fold in the sprinkles you desire, I used about 2 tablespoons in the mixture. The cookie dough is actually pretty crumbly, but just pat it with your hands into the pan until smooth and evenly spread out.

Fold in Sprinkles and pat into prepared pan

Step Six

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown. Do not over bake. Let cool.

How To Make Sugar Cookie Bars

Step Seven

Carefully lift the sugar cookie bars out of the baking dish. I prefer Cream Cheese Frosting.

Frost and cut the bars

Step Eight

You can frost the sugar cookie bars when they cool, and then sprinkle them with a few more sprinkles on top of the frosting. I used a dough scraper to cut the cookie bars to the desired size.

Frost and cut the bars

The best way to store these bars is to leave them in the pan, cover it, and leave it at room temperature for up to a week. If you have already cut and removed them from your pan, wait for the frosting to dry, then you can stack them with wax paper between the layers in an airtight container.

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Of course, you can freeze these Sugar Cookie Bars!  You will want to wait to put the frosting on the bars until after you are done freezing and unthawing them. You can also freeze the dough for later so that you can enjoy these sugar cookie bars for any occasion. Freezing these bars makes enjoying a dessert super easy and not something you will regret! P.S. I even freeze my cream frosting so I always have some ready to go. You just thaw it in the refrigerator.

The key to making these bars super soft and chewy is to make sure you don’t overcook them. You will also want to make sure you are making these bars using the proper fresh ingredients. The ingredients and directions can be found in the recipe card. 

5 from 4 votes
How to Make Sugar Cookie Bars
Sugar Cookie Bars (Soft & Chewy)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 people
Ingredients
Sugar Cookie Bars Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I use almond extract sometimes)
  • 2 cups white flour (I use bread flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Sprinkles (color of choice)
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
Sugar Cookie Bars Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Get a 9-inch square pan and grease or line with parchment paper. Add the sugar and butter to a mixing bowl, beat until fluffy and smooth. Add the egg and vanilla or almond extract and beat until smooth. Add the flour and the baking powder. Mix until smooth. Gently fold in the sprinkles you desire, I use about 2 tablespoons in the mixture. Scoop the mixture into the prepared baking dish and pat until smooth. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown. Do not over bake. Let cool and carefully lift the sugar cookie bars out of the baking dish. I prefer Cream Cheese Frosting, so frost when cool and sprinkle with a few more sprinkles. Enjoy.

Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
  1. Cream the butter with cream cheese and slowly add the powdered sugar to the thickness you desire. Add the vanilla until blended. You can freeze this frosting, just thaw in the refrigerator.

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Final Word

Now that you know how delicious and easy Sugar Cookie Bars are to make, you can make them on your own. I actually prefer to make these rather than regular sugar cookies, from time to time. Plus, it’s always so nice to have a variety of desserts that you can make around the holidays. I hope you are getting excited about the upcoming holidays because I am. May God Bless this world, Linda. 

12 thoughts on “How to Make Sugar Cookie Bars

  • December 30, 2020 at 5:25 am
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    5 stars
    These look so yummy. I love sugar cookies and making them as bars is perfect for the holidays. Thank you.

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    • December 30, 2020 at 6:37 am
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      Hi Tiffany, you will love making these! It’s so much easier than cutting out 2 dozen cookies! Linda

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  • December 30, 2020 at 7:11 am
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    5 stars
    Linda, you hit a home run unwitnessed these. Can’t wait to try these. They sound so yummy. I love bar cookies.

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    • December 30, 2020 at 7:58 am
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      Hi Deborah, you are so cute! I’m really trying to make smaller recipes for all of us! I love sugar cookies and this one hit the spot, girlfriend! Linda

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  • December 30, 2020 at 8:37 am
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    Good Morning, Linda. Problem Child here. Can these be baked on the small 9×13 cookie sheet like the M&M Bars? If so, does the recipe need to be doubled? Have a Great Day, Safe & Happy New Year! Pam

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    • December 30, 2020 at 8:44 am
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      Hi Pam, problem child here, I got the giggles! LOL! I would double the recipe. I used the parchment paper to lift the whole thing out of the pan after baking. You could do the same thing with the 9 by 13-inch pan. These are so good! Happy New Year! Linda

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  • December 30, 2020 at 4:44 pm
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    I wonder if they’d be just as good using Splenda or Stevia. I love sugar cookies, but I hate to feel guilty eating something I like. And these look really good with the frosting on them.

    At least things we make at home can be modified unlike Snickers or Babe Ruth bars…. etc., etc., etc. I do without, but when I taste something that is a pure treat, it really dawns on me what a drag it is to have to avoid such goodies.

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    • December 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm
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      Hi Frank, these are good without the frosting too!! LOL! I know the green bag of stevia I buy says I can substitute cup for cup of white sugar. Now, I want a Snickers, I love those candy bars. Linda

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  • December 31, 2020 at 4:02 pm
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    5 stars
    These look sooo good and sooo easy!! Can’t wait to make these :)) I love your recipes!! Thank you sooo much for sharing!!❤️

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    • December 31, 2020 at 6:05 pm
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      Hi Camille, you will love making these because they go together so quickly! They are good with or without frosting! Enjoy, Linda

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  • January 3, 2021 at 10:07 pm
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    5 stars
    Yum! I tried your recipe & these were so delicious. We really loved the frosting too!
    Do you take your own photos? The photo in this post with the cookie bars, poinsettia, & red and white striped cloth is picture perfect! Looks like a festive photo from a magazine. 🙂

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    • January 4, 2021 at 6:10 am
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      Hi Amy, oh my gosh, you just made my day! You are so nice to say my photo looks like it’s from a magazine!! I’ve been working hard on learning to take my own photos! Yes, I took that picture in my kitchen. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Have a wonderful day! Linda

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