Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars

These are really simple and fast cookie bars to make that take a lot less time than traditional sugar cookies. I am not a fan of rolling, chilling and re rolling cookie dough. I like these better than the traditional cookies as they were very soft and perfectly chewy.

Sugar Cookie Bars

These are also great because they’re easily customizable to fit an occasion or holiday. I wanted to make a cute pastel blue or purple but as usual my hand slipped (seriously!) and I added to much gel color and they turned this purple color that was a little too dark.

Sugar Cookie Bars

No sense wasting good vanilla buttercream though! I really don’t like wasting food so I made Halloween squares instead using some wilton Halloween sprinkles that I luckily had leftover from last Halloween!

Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: 12 bars



1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda


1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

5 tbs milk

gel color (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C. Grease and flour a 9 x 9 inch pan. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs on at a time, mixing after each one. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly add this mixture to the butter until just combined. Evenly spread the batter across the bottom.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Make the frosting. In a large bowl cream the butter until fluffy. Slowly add in the sifted sugar and salt. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until the frosting is smooth and spreadable consistency. Add the gel coloring a small amount at a time (a little goes a long way).
  6. Spread over the cooled cookie bars and then slice into squares.

adapted from Love and Olive Oil (makes about 12 squares)

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  1. These look yummy and easy, great idea turning them into Halloween bars.

  2. They really look good. I might try this receipe for Christmas cookies. Yum!

  3. I love a good sugar cookie bar. They are so dense and moist. Yours came out so cute! :)

  4. One man’s hand-slipping is another man’s fantastically rich color… I love the purple, very festive with the orange!

    Thanks for another wonderful new idea. Lazy as I am about rolling, etc. I will definitely try this shortcut!

  5. This looks great! Good idea turning it into a Halloween bar especially since Halloween is round the corner.

  6. This literally just made me hungry again after I ate a cupcake! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I adore these little cookies. They are soooo perfect for halloween (which is right around the corner). I may try this recipe and see how mine turn out… I’m not the best cooker (ha ha) but it could be a riot!


  8. It looks very easy to bake. The frosting can be used in some brownies no?
    Thanks for share the recipe with us!
    regards from Mexico!

  9. OH mon Dieu ! Tes cupcakes ont l’air délicieux !

  10. Mmm! I love the purple background to all these hallowe’en sprinkles! Looks super! I am bracing myself for an onslaught of little people at the door on Monday so I should make something like this!

  11. we have the same blue mixing bowls! ikea? :)