These sugar cookie bars are so much better than traditional sugar cookies. They are rich, thick, and so soft, without any chilling, rolling, or cutting the dough!
These sugar cookie bars might even be better than regular sugar cookies because they cut out the chilling, the rolling, and the cutting of the sugar cookie 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!
Many sugar cookie recipes are hard to get just right. First, you have to take the time to chill the dough in the fridge. Then you have to roll the dough out to just the right thickness, before cutting out your cookie shapes. You might end up with cookies that are too thin and crispy, or cookies that totally lose their shape. But not these sugar cookie bars.
These bars have the great taste of a sugar cookie without any of the hassle. And in only about 30 minutes time, you can have a thick delicious sugar cookie bar topped with your favorite frosting.
I topped these bars with my favorite sugar cookie frosting recipe, which I originally got from my mother in law. For these sugar cookie bars, I just changed the amounts a little bit to get the right amount of frosting to top these bars with a thick, layer of sweet buttery vanilla frosting.
Another great thing about these sugar cookie bars is that they can be decorated for any occasion. Here, I made them white with fun rainbow sprinkles.
These sugar cookie bars are easy enough to make them for an after school treat. Or they’re also delicious and cute enough for a holiday or special occasion.
To make them for different holidays, or events, you will just add a little food coloring to the frosting, for whichever occasion you might be celebrating.
What holidays can I make these sugar cookie bars for?
- Red and Blue Frosting for Fourth of July
- Orange for Halloween
- Red and Green for Christmas
- Pink or Red for Valentine’s Day
- Green for St. Patrick’s Day
And don’t forget to add your favorite sprinkles to the tops. Because, who doesn’t love sprinkles?! You can get so many fun sprinkles for different holidays. I mean cute orange, and purple, and black for Halloween. Christmas trees and red, white, and green for Christmas. Heart sprinkles in pink and red for Valentine’s day.
There are so many cute decorating options, even without cutting the cookies into different shapes.
How to make sugar cookie bars?
These sugar cookie bars are very easy to make. You’ll need flour, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, an egg, sour cream and vanilla extract.
Mix your dry ingredients together and set them aside. Then you’ll cream together your butter and sugar. You do this so that cookies end up soft and not gritty with any undissolved sugar. The egg, sour cream and vanilla are added into the creamed sugar and then the dry ingredients are added in.
You’ll have a cookie dough now, and you don’t need to chill the dough first. You don’t need to roll it out into just the right thickness, and worry about then being too thin, or too thick that they spread. The dough is a bit crumbly, but all you need to do is press the dough together and into a greased 9×13 pan. The bars are baked and after they cool you’ll whip up the frosting.
The frosting I use is only 4 ingredients and it comes together in just seconds. It’s a recipe from my mother in law and its so good!
These bars are sweet and rich, so if you think they might be too much for you, don’t use all the frosting, or cut the pieces into bite size. But personally, I think you’ll love them!
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Sugar Cookie Bars
- 2 1/2 cups flour (spooned and leveled)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 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
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine your flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together your butter and sugar for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add in your egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix till combined.
- Slowly add in your flour mixture while stirring until everything is combined. (The dough will be crumbly)
- Press the batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish and spread it out evenly with your hands or a rubber spatula.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges just barely start to turn golden.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Mix together all your ingredients for your frosting until creamy.
- Add in desired amount of food coloring.
- Spread frosting evenly over cooled cookie bars.
- Cut into squares and serve.
Recipe first posted on April 8, 2015. Photos and text updated on February 18, 2019.
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