Sugar Cookie Bars

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 21 mins Yields 24-30 bars     adjust servings

These Sugar Cookie Bars come together so easily and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand! No chilling, rolling or cutting like traditional Sugar Cookies - They're perfect for potlucks or a quick treat any time!


For the bars

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Food coloring, if desired
  • Sprinkles, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper that is slightly larger than the pan. This will make it easy to lift the bars out of the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Press the dough into the prepared pan with buttered hands. Bake 18-21 minutes or until the edges are beginning to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow bars to cool in pan. 
  5. For the frosting, combine all ingredients in a large bowl with an electric mixer until the frosting is creamy and well combined.
  6. Once the bars have cooled, frost the cooled bars. Top with sprinkles, if desired. Using the parchment paper, carefully lift the bars out of the pan. Cut into squares to serve.


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