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Sugar Cookie Bar Recipe Is Easy And Delicious

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Last Modified: November 28, 2023
Published: November 28, 2023

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Every Bit Of The Flavor With A Lot Less Effort

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This time-saving sugar cookie bar recipe makes a delicious bar cookie loaded with buttercream frosting and festive sprinkles! Nothing tops a soft, chewy sugar cookie with frosting for the true taste of Christmas, but they can be a lot of work!

These buttery bar cookies are thick and chewy, and the frosting is amazing. I think I might even like these better than the cutout kind! You can vary them by the sprinkles you have on hand and cut them any size you want.

Why You Will Love This Sugar Cookie Bar Recipe

The number one reason you'll love this recipe is that it's fast, and right below that reason, these sugar cookie bars taste amazing! The ingredients are very simple, and you probably have them on hand. You can vary this sugar cookie bar recipe in so many ways!

For example, swap peppermint or almond extract for the vanilla, then top them with toasted almonds or crushed peppermint. Use any topping you like!

When our family gathered for Thanksgiving, I could not resist making this fun "M and M's Casserole" recipe I saw circulating on Facebook, so I now have a lot of M and M candies to use! What a wonderful problem to have at Christmastime, right?

How To Make This Sugar Cookie Bar Recipe

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a nine-by-thirteen baking pan with parchment paper, or use wax paper instead.

Cream together a stick of softened butter and a cup of sugar until it's fluffy, then beat in two eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla. A touch of salt is always a good thing in a sweet cookie, so use salted butter or add a teaspoon of salt if you're using unsalted butter.

This dough is thick, so I found my trusty Danish whisk the perfect tool! Stir in the flour and baking powder until no flour is showing. Finally, stir in the sprinkles before pressing the dough into the pan.

Pat the dough into place using your hands or the back of a spoon to get it as evenly distributed and level as you can. Now bake the bars for about twenty minutes or until the top is a beautiful light golden brown.

Carefully lift the cookie bar from the pan onto the rack and let it cool completely before you frost it. I found the easiest way to do that is to grab an edge of the parchment paper and slide it out of the pan and onto the cooling rack.

While it's cooling, mix all the frosting ingredients until fluffy, spread on the cooled cookie bar, and add sprinkles as desired.

You can cut these sugar cookie bars into 24 squares, or I often cut these sugar cookie bars into a smaller finger shape that I think is a perfect portion. To do that, cut them into strips about one inch wide across the pan the short way, then divide each strip into thirds, making a bar about one inch by three inches.

I have had a lot of fun with this recipe! I made them into St. Patrick's Day bars with festive green sprinkles.

Another time, I made them for Easter with tinted frosting and springy sprinkles!

And they were a hit at the Fourth of July picnic with festive red, white, and blue sprinkles!

patriotic sugar cookie bars

Mr. Grinch is making a huge splash this year with the release of the sequel to How The Grinch Stole Christmas, called How The Grinch Lost Christmas. His Green face is everywhere you look! Why not think up a way to make these into Grinch sugar cookie bars and then share the pictures with me!!

Yield: 24 bars

Sugar Cookie Bars

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Delicious buttery sugar cookie bars are thick, chewy, and topped with amazing buttercream frosting.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 seconds
Total Time 35 minutes 30 seconds


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 1/4 cup holiday sprinkles or holiday chips
  • One recipe of Buttercream Frosting
  • Sprinkles, chips, or candies for topping as desired

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9"x 13" baking pan with parchment or wax paper.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until the mixture is fluffy, then beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the flour and baking powder. The dough will be quite thick.
  5. Finally, gently fold in the sprinkles and press the dough evenly into the pan.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
  7. Cool and lift the bar out of the pan before frosting. Make sure the bars are completely cool.
  8. In a large bowl, beat the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk until light and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, add a little bit of milk at a time until it is the consistency you want. If it is too thin, add a little bit of powdered sugar at a time.
  9. Spread the frosting on the cooled cookie bar, and add sprinkles as desired.
  10. Cut the bars into 24 squares or approximately one-inch wide strips, then divide the strips into thirds so you end up with a cookie bar about one inch by three inches long. This is a sweet, rich cookie, so smaller pieces are ideal.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

I love making fun treats for my family as much as anyone, but I don't often like to do things that are time-consuming and "fiddly." Here are some other recipes for treats perfect for those who like to live on the fast track like me.😉 Fast Peppermint Brownies and Desperation Cookies.

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Love, GB (Betty Streff)

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