These straightforward sugar cookie bars are simply as scrumptious as common sugar cookies with hardly any work! Tremendous smooth, tremendous yummy!

easy sugar cookie bar square on white parchment

For me and my chocolate loving soul, sugar cookies are a surprisingly large favourite. Like, they could be my favourite cookie ever. There’s something completely harmful and irresistible about them.

Left alone with a sugar cookie in any kind will at all times, at all times show to be my undoing. 

It’s no shock that I’ve devised a number of methods over time to get a sugar cookie repair with out having to roll and lower out the dough. I imply, I’ll at all times love a very good, basic sugar cookie recipe, however when time (and sanity) are in danger, there are positively simpler and simply as yummy methods to get sugar cookies into your life. 

pan of easy sugar cookie bars

Easy Sugar Cookie Recipes

Listed here are a number of of my go-to straightforward sugar cookie recipes which are tremendous quick and tremendous scrumptious (and don’t require cookie cutters): 

After which, after all, these straightforward sugar cookie bars. They could be my favourite of all of them. 

The batter for these sugar cookie bars is a direct knockoff from certainly one of my favourite basic sugar cookie recipes. The dough is next-level scrumptious (within the cookies and in these bars). 

And it’s ridiculously straightforward. A one-bowl marvel.

mixing batter for easy sugar cookie bars

mixing batter for easy sugar cookie bars

That is vital

The important thing to a extremely smooth and tender sugar cookie bar is to solely combine the dough till the flour is simply mixed. Over mixing means the sugar cookie bars is probably not fairly as smooth and tender. 

Press the dough right into a greased or parchment-lined (and greased) steel pan. If utilizing a glass or ceramic pan, you would possibly wish to lower the oven temperature by 25 levels.

dough for easy sugar cookie bars piled in metal pan

dough pressed into metal pan for easy sugar cookie bars

Tremendous Fast Baking Time

These sugar cookie bars have a brilliant quick baking time. In my oven, ten minutes max

You possibly can inform from the image beneath that I over baked them simply barely (blaming the youngsters who hastily wanted assistance on their math homework, and ultimately, I used to be no assist to them in any respect #commoncoremathprobs).

You actually don’t need hardly any colour across the edges.

They need to simply be smooth baked. Not ooey gooey and doughy, however simply barely set. In case your oven tends to bake scorching and quick, lower the oven temperature by 25 levels.

pan of baked sugar cookie bars

Wonderful frosting

Whereas the bars cool, whip up the frosting. It’s even simpler than the sugar cookie dough. 

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla
  • milk or cream (go for the cream)

In case your butter is correctly softened and your powdered sugar not overly clumpy, you’ll be able to stay life on the sting like I do and simply throw all the pieces right into a bowl and go to city with the mixer. 

It’ll come collectively and the longer you whip, the extra gloriously fluffy it will likely be. Additionally, life lesson #436: sprinkles disguise a variety of flaws. 

pink frosting on beaters for easy sugar cookie bars

frosting easy sugar cookie bars with pink frosting


pan of easy sugar cookie bars


Sprinkle the center out of the frosted sugar cookie bars. 

After which make an exit plan rapidly (for you or the bars). As a result of as soon as you narrow into them, these straightforward sugar cookie bars will not be straightforward to withstand. In any respect.

pan of easy sugar cookie bars with one bar cut out

Sugar cookie bars are loopy customizable

The loveable factor about these sugar cookie bars is that they’re applicable for all seasons and all holidays. 

Change up the colour of frosting. Use totally different shapes of sprinkles (holy moly, sprinkle choices aren’t what they was – so many loopy selections nowadays!). 

Heck, you could possibly even colour the dough a cool shade to match the vacation. 

The choices are countless. 

easy sugar cookie bar on blue spatula

Subsequent time you don’t know what to bake to your workplace celebration or neighborhood potluck or take-in meal, I hope these straightforward sugar cookie bars come to thoughts. 

They’ve saved me on so many events.

Together with the two instances within the final yr or so I forgot I used to be on sugar cookie responsibility for my youngsters’ classroom events and actually, blessedly remembered with solely about 45 minutes to spare. (Ahem, please notice I’m not even mentioning the opposite time I forgot utterly.)

I had these sugar cookie bars made, frosted, and to the varsity on time. With solely slightly little bit of frosting in my hair (and an entire lot of gratitude for my freezer which helped cool the baked sugar cookie bars quick). 

Sugar cookie bars for the win.

two sugar cookie bars stacked on top of each other with bite taken out

One 12 months In the past: Fast and Easy Egg Roll Skillet Meal
Two Years In the past: One-Bowl Fudgy Brownie Cookies
Three Years In the past: Double Chocolate Mousse Torte
4 Years In the past: Truffle Brownies {With M&M’s…or Not}
5 Years In the past: Beef and Candy Potato Stew with Corn and Inexperienced Chiles {Gradual Cooker}
Six Years In the past: Butternut Squash and Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp and Rice Noodles
Seven Years In the past: Black Bean and Candy Potato Burritos
Eight Years In the past: Broccoli Beef

Yield: 12-15 bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 13 minutes

Complete Time: 38 minutes

Sugar Cookie Bars



  • 3/four cup butter (6 ounces, 12 tablespoons), softened to chill room temperature
  • 3/four cup (5.5 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1/four cup (1 ounce) powdered sugar
  • 2 massive eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon recent lemon zest (elective)
  • 2 1/four cups (11.25 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 6 tablespoons (Three ounces) butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) powdered sugar
  • Three tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1/four teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles (elective)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 levels F.
  2. For the bars, in a big bowl, cream collectively the butter, granulated sugar and powdered sugar till gentle and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and blend for 1-2 minutes. Stir within the lemon zest (elective), flour, baking powder and salt. Combine till mixed.
  3. Evenly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and grease. Press the sugar cookie dough into a good layer within the backside of the pan.
  4. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Do not overbake! The bars ought to have hardly any colour across the edges and barely be set within the center. Let the bars cool utterly earlier than frosting.
  5. For the frosting, cream collectively the butter and powdered sugar till easy (if the combination has bother coming collectively, add a drop or two of milk). Add within the vanilla, milk or cream, and meals coloring (if utilizing), and blend till the frosting is gentle and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
  6. Unfold the frosting over the cooled bars and prime with sprinkles.

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Recipe Supply: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Recipe initially posted April 2013; up to date February 2020 with new photographs, recipe notes, and many others. 

Sugar Cookie Bars

Posted on February 5, 2020 by Mel


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