Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

I don't know about you, but I LOVE sugar cookies. 
But.....I don't love the hassle of waiting for the dough to chill, then rolling out the dough & dealing with cookie cutters. And, whenever I make sugar cookies, I always want them to be thicker & chewier.
Enter Sugar Cookie Bars.
I've been working on this recipe for a bit with some trial and error and they have finally been perfected....thick, chewy, soft & delicious.
I'm so excited to share this recipe with you guys....especially because today is National Cookie Day!
 Here is what you need:
 For the bars:
  • 1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (if you don't like almond extract, leave it out, but the almond extract adds a wonderful touch)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
For the frosting:
  • 1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles
In a large bowl, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. When it's smooth,  add the sugar on medium speed. Beat in egg, egg yolk, almond & vanilla.  
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder & baking soda. 
Slowly add the dry ingredient & mix until combined:
 Line a 9x9 pan with foli & spray with cooking spray:
 Press the dough evenly into the pan:
 Bake in a 350 oven for 20 minutes...DO NOT OVERBAKE!
 When the dough is cooled, lift it out of the pan:
 Now it's time to make the frosting.
Beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about  1 minute. Add powdered sugar, milk, salt and vanilla extract & mix until combined. Mix in food coloring (I added 2 drops of green)
 *Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or more milk if frosting is too thick*
 Then, spread onto cookie:
 Add sprinkles....sprinkles make everything better :)
 Cut into bars. This recipe made 16 bars:
 I made these for our court Holiday Party, so I wanted them to look "pretty".
 I trimmed the edges off the bars & when I cut them, I would wipe my knife with a paper towel between each cut so that the frosting wouldn't get messy.
 These bars could be made anytime of year....Valentine's Day, Easter, Birthdays, Halloween.
 Just change the frosting color & sprinkles to match the holiday/event.
 These are a big hit and SO much easier to make than regular sugar cookies.
Plus, I think they taste better because they are thick & chewy (like brownies) but in sugar cookie form.

If you need more Christmas Cookie or Treat ideas, here are some of our favorites:
Candy Cane Kisses {Recipe HERE}

Fudge {Recipe HERE
Ultimate Ginger Cookie {Recipe HERE
Christmas Monster Cookies {Recipe HERE}

Cranberry Cookie Bars {Recipe HERE
Snickerdoodles {Recipe HERE
 Peanut Butter Blossoms {Recipe HERE}
 Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies {Recipe HERE}

Preztel Hugs {Recipe HERE}
 Ritzies {Recipe HERE
 Christmas Cookies in a Jar (and free printable) 
Get the instructions & printable {HERE}

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?
But, I also really love these Sugar Cookie Bars!


  1. Those look delicious, Mel. AND now I'm sitting here wishing I could have one with my coffee. YUM!

  2. I am going to make these for football bowl games! Perfect!!!

  3. These look delish like the rest of your desserts!



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