Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars {Sweet Pea’s Kitchen}
If you’re looking for a recipe to satisfy your sugar cookie cravings with minimal time and effort, look no further! These sugar cookie bars are soft and chewy and loaded with a thick frosting. And did I mention they are a cinch to make? No chilling of the dough, no rolling and cutting.  Just mix, press, bake!
Sugar Cookie Bars {Sweet Pea’s Kitchen}

All of the goodness of frosted sugar cookies in an easy to make bar!

The secret to these soft and chewy bars is to underbake them slightly. Ten minutes in the oven is all these babies need. When you pull them out of the oven they won’t have any color around the edges and will be barely set in the middle. Trust me…they’re ready to come out.

Sugar Cookie Bars {Sweet Pea’s Kitchen}

Now time for the hardest part of this whole recipe…waiting for the cookies to cool completely before frosting. I know it’s hard, but trust me, they’re worth the wait! 😉

Sugar Cookie Bars {Sweet Pea’s Kitchen}

Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: 24 bars


For the Cookie Bars:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened to cool room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Place another piece of parchment paper in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.

2. Whisk flour baking powder and salt together in medium bowl; set aside.

3. In stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter, both sugars, and lemon zest at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, about 20 seconds. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Reduce speed to low and flour mixture, mixing until incorporated.

4, Press and/or spread the sugar cookie mixture gently into an even layer into the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 10-13 minutes. Don't overbake! The bars won't have any color around the edges and barely be set in the middle. Let cool completely before frosting.

5. To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth (if the mixture has trouble coming together, add a drop or two of heavy cream). Add in the vanilla and mix. Add the heavy cream and mix until the frosting is light and fluffy. Add food coloring, if desired. Frost and serve.

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8 Responses to “Sugar Cookie Bars”

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    Carol at Wild Goose TEaw — May 13, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

    I love sugar cookies, but I just don’t do well cutting them out. I must have missed my learning window for that. So I love the idea of this technique. And for those who cut out cookies like no tomorrow, this is still a boon for quick and easy. And look how darling they look with little girl purple frosting and sprinkles.

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    Kloé @ Kloé's Kitchen — May 13, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    I have made these before and they are so good! I love how easy they are and that they don’t need to chill. Thanks for sharing! I always love your recipes! 🙂

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef — May 16, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    oh yum. i love recipes like this!

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    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — May 20, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

    These cookie bars look lovely! And underbaking them sounds like a great idea!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — May 24, 2014 @ 9:39 am

    Love that you made these into bar cookies! Soooo much easier than rolling 36 little balls…they look so yummy 🙂

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    Kris — May 26, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    I am excited to try this! I tried sugar cookie bars some time ago, and was pretty disappointed. Your recipes though, are always a hit! Looking forward to baking these 🙂

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    dina — May 27, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

    these look so yummy. i always wanted to make them. love the purple!

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    Emily — June 9, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Just made these yesterday. Thanks for a delicious recipe! The lemon zest adds a delicious flavor uncommon to most sugar cookie bases. We loved it! I also think this would make a great crust for a fruit pizza. For anyone else who tries it, definitely don’t over bake it. it will dry it out. I found that 10 minutes was plenty. Thanks for a yet another great recipe!

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