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Sugar Cookie bars are fast, easy and taste just as good as the roll & cut cookies! The super soft, chewy vanilla cookie is made with simple ingredients and comes together quickly. Topped with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting, these Sugar Cookie Bars will be an easy favorite!

Sugar Cookie Bars- All the flavor, none of the work!

We are nearing that crazy, busy-all-the-time part of the year. Actually, I take it back.. I think it is here! In the past, I have been all over Halloween, coordinating costumes all ready before September even ends.

Not this year, folks! I was running to Walmart the morning of our town’s Trick or Treat on Main Street! I feel like I’ve been running 15 minutes behind schedule for the past 6 months. Life. Is. Hectic.

If you feel even remotely the same way, time to raise your hands and sing the Hallelujah Chorus, because these Sugar Cookie Bars are everything. 

Every bit as tasty as the classic roll and cut sugar cookies , the exact same frosting (AKA my super popular Sugar Cookie Frosting Recipe) except half of the work!!

Bar desserts in general are just fabulous. If you’re in the market for more of these types of desserts, be sure to check out my Blonde Brownie Recipe!

How to make Sugar Cookie Bars

With either your stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. The ‘light’ in that phrase is actually referring to color of the mixture! Mix for 2 minutes, the sugar will cut into the butter and really cause the color to become light!

Add in the vanilla and egg. Mix thoroughly.

Add in baking powder, flour and salt. Mix until well combined. It will seem a little dry at first, but it will come together, promise!

If after mixing for a minute or so it still seems to be having a hard time coming together, add water 1 tsp at a time. The humidity can have a big effect on whether or not the dough will come together without a little water. The dough is very forgiving!

The dough’s consistency should be similar to soft Play-doh.

Press the cookie dough into a greased 9×13 pan. I personally like my sugar cookie bars THICK so I press my dough into about 3/4 of the 9×13 pan. (See picture below. ?)

Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes. Be careful not to over bake these! You’ll want to pull them out as soon as the top is puffy and no longer glossy.

Pull out of the oven and let cool completely before frosting.

I use my favorite Sugar Cookie Frosting recipe to top these Sugar Cookie Bars.

Essentially, butter, crisco, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk are combined to create the frosting. I know more than one of you are wondering if you could use all butter instead of the butter and crisco combo.

More on that over on the Frosting Post, but the short answer is yes. Yes, you can. The frosting won’t be as bright of a white, and will not be crusting at all, but it will work. ?

Spread that frosting all over, lick the spoon and then top with sprinkles & love.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the best way to store the Sugar Cookie Bars?

Store the finished sugar cookie bars in an air tight container or zip baggie at room temperature for up to 3 days. They can be refrigerated for up to 5 days and frozen for up to 1 month.

Can the Sugar Cookie Bars be safely stored at room temperature even with the milk in the frosting?

YES!! There isn’t a whole lot of milk in the frosting and there is enough sugar in the frosting to stabilize the milk  that is in the frosting.

Can I half the recipe? Can I double?

Yes on all accounts!! If you half the recipe, use a square 8×8 pan. If doubling the recipe, use a standard cookie sheet.

YIELD: APPROX. 20 BARS

Sugar Cookie Bars

(Printable Recipe Below)

Sugar Cookie bars are fast, easy and taste just as good as the roll & cut cookies! The super soft, chewy vanilla cookie is made with simple ingredients and comes together quickly. Topped with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting, these Sugar Cookie Bars will be an easy favorite!

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Bar

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla (Not a typo! ?)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup crisco
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2-3 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×13 pan. Set aside.
  2. For the Sugar Cookie Bars:Cream together the butter and sugar for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the vanilla and egg. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Mix in the baking powder, flour and salt until well combined.
  5. Press into the greased 9×13 pan.
  6. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until puffy and no longer glossy. You’ll want to pull them before they start turning brown.
  7. Let cool completely before frosting.
  8. For the Frosting: Cream together the butter, crisco, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth and creamy.
  9. Frost cooled sugar cookie bars and top with sprinkles, if desired.

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Sugar Cookie bars are fast, easy and taste just as good as the roll & cut cookies! The super soft, chewy vanilla cookie is made with simple ingredients and comes together quickly. Topped with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting, these Sugar Cookie Bars will be an easy favorite!
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookie bars, sugar cookie, sugar cookie bars, sugar cookie frosting, vanilla buttercream, vanilla buttercream frosting
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Karli Bitner

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Bar

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla Not a typo! ?
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup crisco
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2-3 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×13 pan. Set aside.
  • For the Sugar Cookie Bars: Cream together the butter and sugar for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla and egg. Mix thoroughly.
  • Mix in the baking powder, flour and salt until well combined.
  • Press into the greased 9×13 pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until puffy and no longer glossy. You’ll want to pull them before they start turning brown.
  • Let cool completely before frosting.
  • For the Frosting: Cream together the butter, crisco, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth and creamy.
  • Frost cooled sugar cookie bars and top with sprinkles, if desired.
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