Sugar Cookie Bars

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One of everyone’s favorite cookies in bar form – these soft Sugar Cookie Bars are simple and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that makes this dessert irresistible.

If you like classic sugar cookies, you’ll love them just as much in bar form! It’s the perfect dessert to feed a crowd, since it makes a whole sheet pan full! We also have a cherry version and pistachio version.

Sugar Cookie Square on a white plate

Family-Favorite Sugar Cookie Bars

Is it possible NOT to love Sugar Cookies?! I think not! It’s probably my favorite cookie of all-time, right up there with Chocolate Chip Cookies and Snickerdoodles.

We recently decided to try making Sugar Cookie Bars. We already have Cookie Bars and Snickerdoodle Bars, so why not have some bar form of these yummy cookies?! We’re so glad we tried them, because they have since become a family go-to for so many functions.

We love that these are more simple than rolling out and cutting and frosting each cookie but also love that this recipe feeds quite a crowd. They’re great for any function and can be customized with frosting and sprinkles for any holiday or get together.

How to Make Sugar Cookie Bars process pics of batter

How to Make Sugar Cookie Bars

As mentioned, these bars are easier to make than cookies since no rolling or cutting out is needed. They’re also easier to frost than individually frosting each sugar cookie (even if they’re so worth it!) 😉

Not going to lie, this recipe calls for quite a bit of butter and cream cheese which is probably why they are so good, but trust me on this – they’re delicious, and you’ll love them!!

Here are some of our tips in making perfect sugar cookie bars:

  • Be sure to thoroughly beat the butter and sugar. This will take 2-3 minutes.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper. This will make removing the cookie bars so much easier.
  • Spray cooking spray on your hands and press the dough evenly in the sheet.
  • Watch carefully and DO NOT over-bake the cookies. If anything, underbake and allow them to finish baking in the pan.
  • Once the frosting has been applied stick the pan in the fridge to set the frosting. This will help make the bars easier and cleaner to cut.

Baked Sugar Cookie Bars in a sheet pan

Make ahead & store

Make Ahead. You can make the dough ahead of time to bake later. Here is what we suggest:

  • Room temperature: Cover bowl and store for 2-4 hours
  • Refrigerator: Roll the dough into a thick log shape. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 3-5 days.
  • Freezer: Roll the dough into a thick log shape. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap then again with aluminum foil. Label and freeze for about 6 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and follow the recipe instructions to bake.

How to store sugar cookie bars?

  • Room temperature: Store the cookies in the baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. To help keep the cookies fresh don’t cut until you’re ready to serve them. Store at room temperature for 3-5 days. Store leftover cookies, layered, in an airtight container.
  • To freeze baked cookies cut them into bars. (If they are frosted flash freeze to set the frosting.) Use a freezer safe airtight container to layer the bars. Separate layers with wax or parchment paper. Freeze for 3-6 months.

Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting on a white plate

I hope you enjoy these sugar cookie bars with cream cheese as much as we did. So soft, so yummy and so easy to make!! And I also love that it makes a ton which is great for events!!

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Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe

5 from 7 votes

One of everyone's favorite cookies in bar form - these soft Sugar Cookie Bars are simple and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that makes this dessert irresistible. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 351 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 12 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 3/4 cups flour

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 - 5 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • food coloring
  • sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Beat butter, sugar, eggs and 12 oz. cream cheese until well blended and a bit frothy (a few minutes).

  3. Add the vanilla and almond extract and mix well.

  4. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and baking soda - mix well.

  5. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat for a few minutes. Pour into a large jelly roll pan (use parchment paper if desired) and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

  6. Once cake is cool - add frosting. To make, beat ½ cup butter and 4 oz. cream cheese until mixed well. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring. Add to cookies. ENJOY!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Happy Birthday!! It sounds like you have a very lovely and caring family and I am glad they are making the day special for you! Enjoy it!

  2. Happy Birthday Kristyn! What a thoughtful hubby you have! Mine would never get that “cutesy” with my gifts… but I’d enjoy the gift cards all the same 🙂 Hope you have an amazing day, sounds like you will! A day without kids is always a nice break for us moms 🙂 You have been such an inspiration to us, we love ya!

  3. Happy birthday! And can I just say how super impressed I am with your husband’s creativity. And who doesn’t love polka dots? Looks like a fun day.

  4. Happy Birthday Kristyn! As one of your blog followers I just wanted to wish you all the best for your special day … and being a fair bit older than you I just wanted to let you know that your 30s is a great place to be … so enjoy and embrace it all. You’ve done a great job here and should be proud of all your successes … family and work wise. Here’s to you sweetie (insert digbat drink here! lol)

  5. Grr! I was trying so hard to make it over here to wish you a Happy Birthday on your actual Birthday.. And now it’s a day late. 🙁
    Buuut, Happy Birthday, girl!!
    It sounds like you had an amazing day. What a sweet husband to arrange a fun day for you! 😉
    Hugs to you!

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  8. What is it about pink frosting and sprinkles that just mesmerizes me? Sugar Cookie Bars are one of my all-time favorite cookies to make. They’re so much easier than making rolled cookies and the texture and the smooth creamy buttercream frosting just sends me to the moon. You just reminded me that I need to make these… Thank you!!

  9. Hi! I was just wondering if you make these in a 10×15 pan or a bigger sized jelly roll pan than that? I just made them and they were really good but I was just curious as to if I used the right sized pan. I also added almond extract to the frosting and it was really good! Thanks!

  10. I just wanted to say thank you so much for this recipe. I have been making these for several years now, probably since you posted it, and we LOVE it! Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    I love taking this recipe to any gathering! It feeds so many, is soft, & always a hit!! I love how creamy & smooth the frosting is, too!

  12. 5 stars
    I like sugar cookies, but never make them because they take so long. I was happy to find your sugar cookie bar Recipe. SaMe great taste without the effort of traditional sugar cookies.

  13. Have not made these yet. Have read and Re-read Top to bOttom. Nowhere do i find the size pan yoi used. Im assUming its a jelly roll pan; but would be nice to have that info listed in the Recipe. Also, in the Execution hints at the BegInning, you say to beat sugar and butter together for 3 minutes. But beliw, your recipe instructions say to beat sugar, butter, eggs, and cream cheese all at once. Which is it?