Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar cookies…if you are like me, you love the taste and texture of them, but are not so keen on the prep work involved. I have always been a huge fan of sugar cookies and certainly make them for special occasions, but sometimes I wish I could whip up a chewy, thick cookie and not have to spend half the afternoon preparing them!

I came across a recipe for sugar cookie bars and was intrigued, needless to say, I made these the very next day and became smitten with them immediately! I was a little disappointed that I had never thought of this idea, but happy I finally stumbled upon the culinary genius that did! This recipe was mixed and in the pan within minutes and baked up in no time. You can totally just slather on the frosting and cut them into bars, but I chose to cut them on a diagonal and frost them individually. Whichever method you choose, they are sure to be an easy, delectable, crowd pleasing treat!

Sugar Cookie Bars

1 cup butter; room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla & mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt & soda & stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan).

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and frost.

1/2 cup butter; room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
food coloring (if desired)

Combine butter and shortening until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk & mix until smooth and spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cookie.

40 Responses to “Sugar Cookie Bars”

  1. The Food Librarian — March 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    No rolling! That a dream!


  2. Shirley — March 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    That’s a great idea! The ones in your pictures are too pretty to eat.


  3. finsmom — March 28, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    These are beautiful! So pretty that I wouldnt want to eat them! Mine would look all messy :)
    Thanks for sharing!


  4. Dimah — March 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    These look absolutely amazing!


  5. Ingrid — March 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Hey, Jamie! I saw these on another blog and thought the same thing finally I can make my kiddos saugar cookies but with out all the mess and work! Yours look terrific… the frosting job!

    Btw, the cake DID taste like sugar cookies and was wicked easy to make with minimal mess!

    Thanks for giving me the nudge I needed to make these!


  6. Sweet Charity — March 28, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Can’t wait to try making these!!
    They look easy and delicious!!


  7. ☾ Ash ♡ — March 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    What a great idea! They look delicious!


  8. Dishesdone — March 28, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Those look fantastic!


  9. The Cooking Photographer — March 28, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I love the photography on this cookie! Well done.


  10. Mermaid Sweets — March 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    What a great idea! I have to try this. I love your blog – sooo cute. I am eagerly awaiting my turn for a blog makeover from Sherbert Designs. Added you to my google reader =)


  11. Elyse — March 29, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Jamie, these sugar cookie bars look AMAZING!! Mmm, what a perfect solution to the trouble that regular sugar cookies usually cause. A quick, easy, chewy, and delicious sugar cookie?! I’m all for it. Plus, this frosting looks fantastic!


  12. Laura — March 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I made these for Valentine’s. Aren’t they FABULOUS! Yours look very cute cut into the triangles with the icing piped on like that. I’m gonna keep that in mind for the next time I make them.


  13. Lori (All That Splatters) — March 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I love sugar cookies, especially soft sugar cookies, so these look perfect for me. Generally, I decorate sugar cookies with royal icing, but I like the look of the frosting you used. Does it firm up or stay soft? Either way, your cookies look divine!!

    Love your blog! :D


  14. vibi — March 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Adorable! Lovely… love the pastel colors!


  15. Prudy — March 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Those are every bit as pretty as a rolled cookie. I think you just saved me a few hours of work this Easter. Love it!


  16. Maria — March 30, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Great idea! I can’t wait to make these for an Easter/Spring treat!


  17. Eliana — March 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I really like sugar cookies but they are a bit of a hassle to make. Thanks for this great post.


  18. Miette — March 31, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Very beautiful bars ! Mmmh… Those sound so delicious too…




  19. How To Eat A Cupcake — March 31, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Yum I could probably eat 5 of these! They look so perfect for Spring! :D


  20. Annemarie — April 4, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Glad you liked them! They have been a family favorite for a long time. I knew they were good, but they have been a hit on the blog circuit!


  21. Puddin — April 6, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I dont normally take the time to comment but these were so amazing I had to. Thanks so much for this recipe! These were amazing, and now a family favorite.


  22. Anne — April 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    This is genius! SO much less time and waste! I’ll be trying this for sure.


  23. elenis — October 15, 2009 at 6:45 am

    OMG! I’ve been dying to try those.
    Lovely Cookies


  24. Lori D — March 27, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the early morning cookie craving! Thank goodness my sugar bowl is empty today. Tomorrow will be a different story! ♥


  25. Martha S. — April 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    These look amazing! I’ve been looking for a delicious sugar cookie recipe (to mimic the ones I can buy down the street from my house…thick, soft, almondy flavored and way too expensive).

    I’ll definitely try these…and hopefully soon!


  26. Melissa L. — July 15, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I just made these a few days ago — so easy & so yummy! Thanks for another great recipe!!


  27. dana a. — August 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    wow! these are awesome:) i found your blog thru a message board and decided to make these since i had all the ingredients at home. i did skip out on making the frosting and used canned, lol! my family does not like frosting (weird, i know) so next time i will just make it plain. these are so easy to make and are really good for breakfast too;)


  28. Libby — February 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    This is a GREAT recipe! My family likes them with a little bit of cinnamon in the dough and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar before baking for a “snickerdoodle” bar. Way easier than traditional snickerdoodles! Thanks for the wonderful recipes!


  29. Kindra — April 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Jamie, thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. I linked to your page on my blog thank you again!


  30. Christina — June 11, 2012 at 1:25 am

    First time making them… Do I use salted butter or unsalted butter? I bought salted but then wondered which one should I have gotten. Can I use salted butter and omit the 1 tsp of salt or do I still add it in? Thanks in advance!


    • Jamie — June 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

      I typically use unsalted butter in all my baking, this is an older recipe, which is why it isn’t specified. You can definitely use the salted though and just omit the salt. Hope this helps.

    • kaylee — January 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      I know this is an old question, but just in case anyone else runs into the same problem, i learned recently while reading a recipe from david lebovitz that 1 stick of salted butter has 1/4 tsp salt. So for this recipe, using 2 sticks of salted butter, you would just reduce the salt by 1/2 tsp.

  31. Annabelle Smith — August 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm


    These are great!


  32. Courtney — December 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I just wanted to tell you I am HORRIBLE at making sugar cookies so I tried these in a pinch for an emergency bake sale item. All the ingredients were in my pantry, the steps were simple and they turned out perfect! I now have a sugar “cookie” I can present to the world. On a side note, I didn’t have enough powdered sugar to make the frosting so I just sprinkled them with colored sugar prior to baking, not nearly as eye catching as yours, but still tasty and bake sale worthy :) Thanks for sharing this.


    • MBA — December 7, 2012 at 7:04 am


      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for stopping by and providing your feedback – have a great day!


  33. caroline — December 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    These are good, but very cake-like cookies. More like cookie-cakes than the sugar cookie I was hoping for. If you like that texture, you’ll love these.


    • Jamie — January 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm


      Thanks so much for stopping back to share your experience with the recipe! Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for following MBA!


  34. LILI — December 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    those are amazing


  35. LILI — December 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    those are amazing! 



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