Sugar Cookie Bars

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Christmas is my cookie holiday. Every holiday seems to have its own kind of treats: candy for Halloween and Valentine’s Day, pie for Thanksgiving. But Christmas? Christmas is a cookie holiday. I often think if I look up the definition of Christmas in the dictionary it would look something like this:

Christmas n. 1. Jesus’ birthday in the Christian faith 2. A time to spend with family 3. The day to eat cookies.

Every Christmas I make sugar cookies with a sugary, buttery cookie frosting. They are the kind of cookies that, if eaten in excess, require the use of Rolaids. These, by far, are my favorite cookies of the season. I make them on Christmas Eve and look forward to eating them for days after the festivities are over.

My step-father-in-law, Mark, also loves these cookies. The first few years we celebrated with him I spent Christmas eyeing his trips to the cookie platter. Then I started making him his own basket of sugar cookies.  It’s part of his present. Now, because I know he loves them so much, I make them for him on other holidays too.

That’s where these cookie bars come in. I’ve made the cutout sugar cookies for Mark’s birthday the past few years. This year there was so much going on around his special day that I didn’t have time to roll, cut, and frost a bunch of cookies. Right about the time I was thinking how I was going to fit it all in, I saw this post and a lightbulb went off in my head. I could use the same recipe I always do but make them into bars. Brilliant!

This is one of those oh-so-simple modifications that I know come Christmas Eve, when I’m doing a million other things, I’m going to want to do again. The bars are thick and sweet and so easy to make. Jordan chose the frosting color, not caring that they were a gift for a boy.

When you need a quick and yummy treat, make bar sugar cookies. (And then, if you’re like me and can’t control yourself, head to the drugstore and stock up on antacid.)

Print Friendly and PDFBar Sugar Cookies
Recipe Source: Land o’ Lakes
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.       Preheat oven to 375°.  Line a 9×13” baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2.       Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer (or in a large bowl if using hand mixer). Beat at medium speed, scraping the sides as needed, until well mixed (about 3-4 minutes).
3.       Spread dough into the bottom of the 9×13” baking pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until they just start to brown. Cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting
4 cups powdered sugar
½ cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
Food color, if desired
Combine powdered sugar, ½ cup butter, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix slowly with a hand mixer, adding enough milk for desired consistency. Add food coloring if you want tinted frosting. Spread over cooled cookie bars and decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Cut into squares.
Yield: approximately 24 bars, depending on size.


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  1. Fabulous! Mouth-watering! I want a bite NOW! I’m a cookie monster, and will be bookmarking these to make. Your photos are so nice!

  2. These look so yummy and easy to make! *pinned* 🙂

  3. Those look so good! I’m getting ready to pull out my go-to sugar cookie recipe for Halloween cookies. Oh, and Alaska cookies. I found an Alaska cookie cutter.

  4. @The Better Baker
    Thank you! I could eat these cookies every day. I love them that much.

  5. @Kristin
    I can’t wait to see the Alaska cookies! Totally awesome. Thanks for your comment!

  6. These looks so awesome. I love the pink frosting and sprinkles; so cute!

  7. Hi, those look good, think I will have to try them out, I enjoyed looking at your back posts.

  8. @kyleen
    Thank you! I think cute is the look my daughter is always going for. 🙂

  9. Yum! These look delicious, I’m definitely pinning them.

  10. These look delicious! I have all of the ingredients and I love a thick layer of frosting on my cookies! Sounds like these are in my future. I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  11. I’ve seen sugar cookie bars before and have wanted to try them. I saved this recipe to try out. I love sugar cookies.

  12. Thank you for this post. My baby first birthday is Tuesday. We already the big party with a smash cake and needed something to have on her birthday. These are perfect:)


  13. @Anonymous
    Danielle – Happy Birthday to her! I hope she loves them and has a great birthday. 🙂

  14. I have another kind of recipe but the matter here is that this stuff is freeze taste better, for me of course.
    Thanks for share.

  15. Hey, thanks a bunch for this recipe! I had to try and convert the ingredients to grams (since us Brits don’t seem to use measuring cups as much), but still think they turned out well! Here’s a picture from my Pinterest of them:

    Cheers Dorothy!

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