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Quick and Easy Sugar Cookie Bars!

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What’s better than sweet soft sugar cookies? Quick and Easy Sugar Cookie Bars! All the best of a sugar cookie baked up in a bar. If you love Gingerbread flavor try my Gingerbread Cookie Bars.

Old fashioned in flavor and modern in the making, these bars are perfect especially when topped with a sweet light buttercream frosting.

Why Make THIS Sugar Cookie Bar Recipe??

There are a lot of Sugar Cookie Bar Recipes out there why should you try this one?

THIS is THE sugar cookie recipe that made my “I hate sugar cookies” Husband actually LIKE sugar cookies. It’s an OLD family favorite cookie, not too sweet and incredibly tender. It’s a family favorite for a reason!

On TOP of the perfect sugar cookie is a soft layer of buttercream. Not too much either, just enough.

Why make Cookie Bars at ALL?!?

I know the classic sugar cookie recipes is typically rolled out and cut out with cookie cutters. Those sugar cookies have their time and place, and they’re so much fun to make!


They’re a lot of work! And while we all love them they take time. With this sugar cookie bar recipe you get ALL the flavors of sugar cookies with just minimal work.

And sometimes we just need cookies, QUICK! Like these M&M Christmas Cookie Bars or these Snickerdoodle Bars. Time is short let’s make a bunch of cookies at once.

Ingredients for Sugar Cookie Bars.

Do these taste better than cookie dough in a tube?

Absolutely! They’re homemade. And you can taste it. Sure cookie dough in a plastic tube IS quick and easy they taste like they came in a tube. These take about 15 minutes longer and TASTE 100 times better.

What do I need to make these Sugar Cookie Bars?

  • Softened Butter (read my tip below for softening butter quickly!)
  • hand mixer OR stand mixer
  • Parchment Paper or Foil
  • 9×13 baking pan

How to Soften Butter Quickly

  1. Boil Water
  2. pour it into a pint jar
  3. let it sit 2 minutes
  4. pour it out
  5. turn the hot jar upside down over the butter you want to soften
  6. let it sit for about five minutes
  7. repeat one more time if needed

My Other Favorite Cookie Recipes

My Texas Sheet Cake Cookies are pretty high up my list of all TIME FAVORITE COOKIES!

One single perfect Florentine Cookie.

And these Florentine Cookies are a new fave!

Pinterest Pin for Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar cookie bar on a plate.

What's better than sweet soft sugar cookies? All the best of a sugar cookie baked up in a bar. Old fashioned in flavor and modern in the making, these sugar cookie bars are perfect especially when topped with a sweet light buttercream frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes


  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk


  1. preheat the oven to 350˚
  2. butter a 9x13 and line it with parchment so you can lift it out as one big cookie, you can also use foil for this
  3. cream the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy
  4. add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition
  5. mix in the vanilla
  6. pour the flour in on the butter
  7. then use a fork to lightly mix in the baking powder and salt into the flour
  8. then use the mixer to mix everything together until the dough comes together
  9. scrape the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is mixed in well
  10. bake the cookie for 20 minutes at 350˚
  11. when it's lightly browned remove it frm the oven and let it cool
  12. when it's cool make the frosting by mixing the butter and powdered sugar together with a mixer, stir in the vanilla and salt
  13. add just enough milk to make a light fluffy buttercream
  14. frost the cookie and add sprinkles
  15. lift the whole cookie out of the pan
  16. cut into bars and serve

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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