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Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

The delicious taste of sugar cookie, in easy and quick to make bar form, but with lemon. These cookie bars have the perfect refreshing lemony taste in both the cookie dough and the frosting.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time27 mins
Servings: 18


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 TBS lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For The Lemon Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TBS lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Set bowl 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, lemon juice, and vanilla and mix till combined.
  • Slowly add in your flour mixture while stirring until everything is combined.
  • Press the batter into a greased 9x13 dish and spread it out evenly with your hands or a rubber spatula.
  • Bake your sugar cookie bars for 15-17 minutes or until the edges have just started to turn golden.
  • Allow cookie bars to cool completely.
  • Mix all your ingredients together for your frosting until creamy. Add more powdered sugar or milk if needed for the texture.
  • Spread your frosting evenly over your cooled cookie bars.
  • Cut into squares and serve.