Sugar Cookie Bars

Last month I shared these amazing sugar cookie bars over at Somewhat Simple where I am a contributor. These sugar cookie bars might even be better than regular sugar cookies because they cut out the rolling and the cutting of the dough, and instead all you have to do is flatten the dough into a baking pan for a thick and soft and perfect sugar cookie bar.

Sugar Cookie Bars -  These Sugar Cookie Bars are simple to make but have the same great softness and taste of regular sugar cookies, just much easier to make!

I topped these bars with my favorite sugar cookie frosting recipe, which I got from my mother in law and just edited the amounts a little bit to get the perfect amount to top these bars with a thick, but not too thick, layer of sweet buttery vanilla frosting.

Sugar Cookie Bars -  These Sugar Cookie Bars are simple to make but have the same great softness and taste of regular sugar cookies, just much easier to make!

Another great thing about these sugar cookie bars is that they can be decorated for any occasion. They’re easy enough just to make them for an afternoon treat, but they’re also delicious and cute enough for a holiday or special occasion. You’ll just add a little food coloring to the frosting. I added 2 drops of green, to half the frosting and 2 drops of pink to half the frosting to make these perfect spring sugar cookie bars. But you could do red and blue for fourth of July, orange for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, etc. And don’t forget you’re welcome to top them with sprinkles too – because who doesn’t love sprinkles?

Sugar Cookie Bars -  These Sugar Cookie Bars are simple to make but have the same great softness and taste of regular sugar cookies, just much easier to make!

Sugar Cookie Bars
 
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Serves: 15-18 bars
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 TBS sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For The Frosting:
  • 5 TBS butter, softened
  • 3 TBS milk
  • 1 TBS vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-5 drops food coloring
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine your flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together your butter and sugar for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in your egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix till combined.
  5. Slowly add in your flour mixture while stirring until everything is combined. (The dough will be crumbly)
  6. Press the batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish and spread it out evenly with your hands or a rubber spatula.
  7. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges just barely start to turn golden.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
  9. Mix together all your ingredients for your frosting until creamy.
  10. Add in desired amount of food coloring.
  11. Spread frosting evenly over cooled cookie bars.
  12. Cut into squares and serve.

Enjoy these simple sugar cookie bars!

Sugar Cookie Bars -  These Sugar Cookie Bars are simple to make but have the same great softness and taste of regular sugar cookies, just much easier to make!

 

For more delicious sugar cookie and sugar cookie bar recipes, try these:

Strawberry Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

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The BEST Sugar Cookies

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Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

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Sugar Cookies for Two

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Sugar Cookie Bars -  These Sugar Cookie Bars are simple to make but have the same great softness and taste of regular sugar cookies, just much easier to make!

31 Comments

  1. Nicold · · Reply

    For the frosting are you also using unsalted butter? Thanks!

    1. Yeah! I do! But you can add a small dash of salt if you want.

  2. I made these and to me they are bit of a cross between cake and cookie. Very delicious. I used 1/2 almond 1/2 vanilla in the frosting. So good.

  3. Those are so adorable! And they look scrumptious! Will have to add this to my “must bake” list!

    1. Thank you Theresa! They are on my must make monthly list ;)

  4. Kendra Williams · · Reply

    Oh, these look ssssooooo yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. creativesouthernhome · · Reply

    They look so amazingly yummy!

  6. These look amazing! Sometimes I just need a sugar cookie!

  7. These are really pretty! I love the pastel frosting. I’ll have to surprise my family with these soon. PINed.

    1. I’m sure your family will be SO happy for the sweet surprise!

  8. I saw these on pinterest a few days ago and thought they looked amazing. I just want to take a bite out of one of those sugar cookie bars!

    1. Thanks so much Stephanie! They are amazing if I do say so myself ;)

  9. How cute and delicious do these bars look! YUM!

  10. These sugar cookie bars looks so good! I love how you can change the color for different occasions and holidays!

    1. Thanks Jillian! And you can even add some sprinkles to make them extra festive ;)

  11. These look like delicious pieces of goodness that I need right now!

  12. savoryexperiments · · Reply

    These look perfect in every way! This is one of my favorite treats and I make them a lot in the summer months for cook outs.

    1. They seem perfect for a cook out, easy and delicious!

  13. sunandhurricane · · Reply

    LOVE the look of these and bet the taste is even better! Pinned and shared, these look like a Spring favorite!

    1. Thank you so much!! They do taste even better than they look!

  14. These sound oh so very delicious! I want some right now but alas instead I’m going to exercise haha!

    1. Thanks! And good for you Emily, I usually decide to eat/make cookies instead!

  15. These look like such great brownies! I bet they are even better than cookies. Love the colors too. So fun for spring!

    1. Thanks Meagan! I think I like them better than regular sugar cookies because of how thick they are!

  16. These sugar cookie bars look incredible! I love how thick and chewy they are and the pretty pastel frosting is perfect for spring.

    1. Thank you Kelly! They are so good! And the thickness is my favorite part too cause it keeps them so soft!

  17. Marilyn the nurse · · Reply

    Looks so good, I am going to try them this weekend!!!

    1. I hope you love then as much as we do!

  18. Ellen Garrett · · Reply

    Pure genius!

  19. thefoodcharlatan1 · · Reply

    These look absolutely perfect! I love sugar cookie bars, so much. Thicker and chewier than sugar cookies. :) YUM!

    1. Exactly! I may never make regular sugar cookies again ;)

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