If you like your sugar cookies soft and piled with frosting, these bars are for you! You don’t have to chill, roll, or cut the dough, so they are fast and easy. Bake them just until they are barely done for a soft and sumptuous texture.
We love them topped with vanilla or chocolate buttercream and plenty of festive sprinkles. They are good enough for a party and easy enough for just because.
About the Recipe
My family has always had a thing for frosted sugar cookies. When I was a kid, we would get together with my aunts and grandma to bake and decorate cookies for the holiday.
We would spend all day rolling out cookie dough, cutting it into shapes, and decorating them with different colors of sugar before baking them. Then we graduated to using royal icing to decorate them.
They take hours, but do you know what? My siblings always gravitated to the slice and bake sugar cookies topped with frosting and sprinkles instead.
Rather than scooping a bunch of cookies and making them individually, baking them as bars makes them even easier. Of course they are quicker too, because there is only one trip to the oven.
I pretty quickly decided to make these cookie bars with a recipe from one of my favorite cookie experts, Big Rigs ‘n Lil’ Cookies. Hers look so pretty with the pink frosting, but I had chocolate on the brain.
So the first time I made a batch, I topped ours with chocolate sweetened condensed milk frosting. Though most batches since then have been topped with vanilla frosting.
The best part is all you have to do is match the sprinkles to the occasion to make a festive treat. We have used colorful sprinkles for birthday treats and holiday sprinkles for Christmas.
No matter the festivity, these cookies are a hit.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
There is both butter and cream cheese in the dough. This makes them really rich, soft and delicious.
You don’t have to chill the dough before you bake it. Just put it together, pat it into the pan, and bake it.
I included a buttercream recipe, but you can use any frosting you want. Add flavors or colors if you prefer.
Tips and Tricks
The hardest part of this recipe is spreading the dough in the pan. If it is sticking to your hands, moisten them a bit with water and try again.
Little Dude and I worked together to whip up the dough and made a video for you. He also shows you his sprinkle application technique, so be sure to check that out!
We like these cookies a bit underbaked, so they sink a bit when they cool. So sometimes we bake them a couple of minutes shy of the time in the recipe.
If you bake them the full 25 minutes, they should be baked through but maintain that soft texture. It’s really a matter of preference.
More Cookie Bar Recipes
For something different, check out the recipe for oatmeal cream pie bars. They taste a lot like Little Debbie’s but homemade in cookie bar form.
Or try making some thick gingerbread cookie bars. Topped with sprinkles, they are a really yummy treat with plenty of spice baked in.
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Soft Sugar Cookie Bars
Sugar Cookie Dough
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ cup shortening
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons milk or cream
Sugar Cookie Bars
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 10×15" rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat together butter, and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.1 cup unsalted butter, 8 ounces cream cheese, 1½ cups granulated sugar
- Add the egg and vanilla, beating until combined.1 large egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.2½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until just combined. Press into parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 23-28 minutes or until the edges just start to take on a golden color.
- Cool completely before frosting.
- Beat butter until smooth.½ cup butter
- Add shortening and mix until creamy.½ cup shortening
- Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.3 cups powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Add enough milk or cream to make it a nice spreadable consistency.2 Tablespoons milk
- Spread over cooled sugar cookie bars and top with sprinkles if desired.