These Sugar Cookie Bars are a simple bake-in-the-pan kind of cookie with a sweet frosting on top.
If you’re looking for an easy dessert to share with others, this is a good one to try. These are delicious, little hand-held bars. There’s nothing fancy about them unless you really want to decorate the tops of them with piped frosting or holiday sprinkles. But they’re always a hit. Everyone likes sugar cookie bars.
How to make Sugar Cookie Bars:
The complete, printable recipe is at the end of this post. You will need an electric mixer and rimmed half sheet pan.
Follow the instructions in the recipe for making the sugar cookie dough. Spray your pan with nonstick spray, and then add the cookie dough to the pan. It’s a very thick cookie dough. So it’s easiest to do this if you spray your (clean) hands with nonstick spray and use them to pat the dough evenly into the pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until light golden brown.
The next step is adding the frosting. Follow the directions in the recipe for making the frosting. If you want to add coloring to the frosting, that’s up to you. Spread it onto the cooled sugar cookie bars. Add sprinkles, if you’d like!
Cut the big slab of frosted sugar cookies into bars. It’s easiest to do this if you chill the frosted bars for a bit. You’ll get the cleanest cuts.
They’re a hand-held treat. Or you can display plates for serving. These are decorated as Valentine’s Day sugar cookie bars, but you can certainly make them for any occasion and use any color for the frosting.
They seem like a spring recipe to me. Or something you might like to serve at a baby shower or at a party. Maybe it’s the tinted icing, or maybe it’s the festive sprinkles. In any case, they seem to make people happy. Enjoy!
Here are a few more recipes for sugar cookies that you might like to try:
- Crunchy Nutmeg Sugar Cookies
- Easy Frosted Sugar Cookies
- Sugar Cookie Truffles
- Best Sugar Cookies
- Lemon Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookie Bars
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup shortening
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar (sift after measuring)
- 5 tablespoons milk
- food coloring, if desired
PREPARE THE BARS:
- Preheat the oven to 375° F. Spray a 13x18-inch pan with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Then mix in the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread the sugar cookie dough into the prepared pan. The dough will be just like cookie dough- heavy & sticky- so it's best to spray your hands with a little nonstick spray and use them to help mold the dough into the pan.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
PREPARE THE FROSTING:
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cobmine the butter and shortening until smooth and creamy. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Add the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) until combined. Then add the milk and mix until it is a smooth, spreading consistency. Add a few drops of color, if desired. Spread over the cooled cookie, then cut into bars.
- TIP: *Refrigerate the bars until firm... it will be easier to get nice, clean cuts.