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Sugar Cookie Bars

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars are one of everyone's favorite cookies in bar form! They're quick, and perfect for sharing.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Author: Lil' Luna




  • cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • food coloring optional
  • sprinkles for topping (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-x-13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  • To make the bars, beat sugar, butter, cream cheese and egg together with a hand mixer in a medium bowl until well blended and a bit frothy, 2–3 minutes.
  • Add vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat for a few minutes. Pour into a prepared pan and bake for 18–20 minutes. Let cool.
  • While the cake is cooling, make frosting by beating together powdered sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and almond extracts until well combined, starting with 3 tablespoons milk and adding more as needed to reach the desired texture. Add food coloring.
  • Spread over cooled cake and top with sprinkles.



Make Ahead: Make the bars as instructed, but do not frost. Store, covered tightly with plastic wrap, on the counter for 1 day or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Frost before serving. Frosting can also be made up to 24 hours ahead of time and stored, covered, in the refrigerator; it will need to be re-whipped before spreading on the bars.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg