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Sugar Cookie Bars

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Amazingly soft bars topped with a bright and colorful frosting will make these sugar cookie bars a much-requested treat.
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Table of Contents
  1. SUGAR COOKIE BARS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS SUGAR COOKIE BARS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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Delightfully chewy and topped with fluffy pink frosting, these sugar cookie bars are so fun to look at and delicious to eat. Everyone will go crazy for these tasty bars. Top with a rainbow of sprinkles, and they will disappear as fast as you can make them.

Add these easy sugar cookie bars to a mix and match plate of yummy dessert bars such as our cookie dough bars and magic cookie bars, and you will have very people on your hands.

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You will need:

For the Bars

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

For the Frosting

  • 2 containers frosting plus 1 cup confectioners sugar

OR

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Salt, to taste

For the Decorations

  • Food coloring of your choice (use red to make the pink when mixed with the frosting)
  • Nonpareil sprinkles

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Chocolate chips: Add your favorite flavor of chocolate chips such as semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or white chocolate for little bursts of sweetness in the bars.

Lemon extract: Does your family go crazy for the taste of lemon? Add a few drops of lemon extract to the batter for a fresh lemon flavor.

Frosting color: Change up the frosting color depending on the time of year. Green or red at Christmas or orange at Halloween would make these bars extra fun.

Sprinkles: Depending on the time of year, you can customize your sprinkle colors and even shapes. At Christmas time, use red, white and green, or even little Christmas trees. For Valentine’s Day, try red, pink and white or heart sprinkles.

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For the Bars

STEP ONE: Cream the butter for a minute, then add sugar and continue to beat.

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STEP TWO: Once the ingredients are mixed and fluffy, add the eggs and vanilla extract then mix.

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STEP THREE: In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch dry then whisk.

PRO TIP: Don’t skip the cornstarch, it’s the secret ingredient that makes the bars extra soft.

STEP FOUR: Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue mixing with a hand mixer.

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STEP FIVE: Put into a 9×9 lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick spray and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 25 minutes until lightly browned. Do not overbake!

PRO TIP: You want to slightly underbake them so that your edges don’t become crispy or brown.

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STEP SIX: Cool completely after baking before frosting.

For the Frosting

STEP ONE: With a mixer, beat the butter until creamy then slowly add the other ingredients and mix on low. Once everything is added, slowly turn the speed up to high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes.

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STEP TWO: You can add a bit more confectioners’ sugar or a little more heavy cream if you need to adjust the consistency.

STEP THREE: Frost the bars once fully cooled and top with nonpareils as desired.

HOW TO SERVE

These frosted sugar cookie bars won’t last long. Surprise the family with a batch of these for a snack alongside a cold glass of milk or a copycat Wendy’s frosty. These would be a fun treat to make for a class potluck or kids’ birthday party.

STORAGE

ON THE COUNTER: Store in an airtight container for two days. Homemade frosting doesn’t hold up as well as canned if storing instead of eating immediately. 

IN THE FREEZER: You could make and freeze the base for two months, wrapped well. Then thaw and frost when you are ready to serve them. 

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The rich texture of the bars and colorful decorations make these simple sugar cookie bars a winning choice for a treat. Much quicker to make than classic sugar cookies but just as yummy. Perfect for any occasion.

FAQ

How do you store frosted sugar cookie bars?

Store the sugar cookie bars in an airtight container on the counter for a couple of days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How long do you bake sugar cookie bars?

Sugar cookie bars are baked in the oven for 25 minutes at 350°F.

How do I freeze sugar cookie bars?

You can make and freeze the sugar cookie bar base for two months, wrapped well. Then thaw and frost when you are ready to serve them.

What holidays can I make these sugar cookie bars for?

You can make these cookie bars for any holiday and change the sprinkles and icing color to match the occasion. Red and blue for the Fourth of July, orange and black for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, and pink and red for Valentine’s Day.

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Sugar Cookie Bars

5 from 1 vote
Amazingly soft bars topped with a bright and colorful frosting will make these sugar cookie bars a much-requested treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

Bars

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Frosting

  • 2 containers frosting
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar

OR

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt to taste

Topping

  • red food coloring red makes the pink
  • nonpareils

Instructions
 

Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F then prepare a 9×9 pan with nonstick spray.
  • Cream butter for a minute, then add sugar and continue to beat.
  • Once mixed and fluffy, add eggs and vanilla extract then mix.
  • In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue mixing with a hand mixer.
  • Put into the pan and bake for 25 minutes until lightly browned. Do not overbake!
  • Cool completely after baking before frosting.

Frosting

  • With a handheld mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Slowly add the other ingredients and mix on low. Once everything is added, slowly turn the speed up to high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • You can add a bit more confectioners’ sugar or a little more heavy cream if you need to adjust the consistency.
  • Frost the bars once fully cooled and top with nonpareils as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1072IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Gloria says

    5 stars
    These are so yummy. You can also change the color of the frosting and switch up the sprinkles to make them perfect for any holiday or party.

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