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How to Make Sugar Cookie Bars

These sugar cookie bars are a twist on old-fashioned sugar cookies. If you like to cut out sugar cookies with your kids, but don't always have the time to do the cutting out and frosting of each cookie, then you might want to give this easy variation a try.

For this recipe you are basically using your sugar cookie recipe to make bar cookies. The result is a bar cookie that looks similar to a brownie in texture. It is denser than cake but not as crisp as a cookie. It still has the great flavor of old-fashioned sugar cookies. You can make these for any season or holiday. Make red or pink frosting for Valentine's Day or green for St. Patrick's Day.


1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 c. granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
5 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. To make these bar cookies you will need a rimmed cookie sheet, 10x15 inches. Grease well or line with parchment paper.

sugar cookie bars

Cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until smooth.

Using a rubber spatula, spread the cookie dough evenly onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until light brown. Cool completely before frosting.


1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
4 c. powdered sugar
5 tbsp. milk
Food coloring

Beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and salt, mixing well. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time.

Add the milk and mix until smooth. Stir in food coloring of your choice.

Spread frosting over cooled cookie bars and add sprinkles if desired.

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