Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

 Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars via The Baker Chick

It’s amazing how much I love a recipe that makes things quick and easy.  Even though plenty of people probably make sugar cookies regularly, not minding the steps involved, it’s a treat I often don’t have the patience for. Now that being said, it’s on my “baking bucket list” to learn how to make the beautiful royal-iced cookies that some bloggers are so amazing at, but I’m taking baby steps OK! In the meantime, I’m more than happy to satisfy my sugar-cookie-sweet-tooth with the simplest sugar cookie bars in the planet.

 Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars via The Baker Chick

Instead of chilling and rolling and cutting the dough- you simply press it into a pan and bake! A simple buttercream is lathered over and there you have it- a perfect palate for any seasonal color of icing and sprinkles! I found these bars soft and buttery, with a not-too-sweet cookie base made up for with a sugary frosting. After sitting out for a few minutes the frosting firms up which makes these easy as pie to transport and share. (I brought them to my agent’s office- note- sugar makes people happy!)

 Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars via The Baker Chick

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

24 bars

 Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars via The Baker Chick

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sour cream (I just do 1 heaping Tbsp)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 recipe vanilla frosting, recipe follows
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Several drop food coloring (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a quarter sheet pan OR a 13" x 9" baking dish, set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy about 2-3minutes. Mix in egg and egg white. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until blended. (mixture may be a little lumpy at this point.)
  4. With the mixer running on low, slowly add dry mixture and stir until just combined. Scoop dough into prepared pan, and use an off-set spatula to gently spread it to the edges. (Use your hands to gently press if needed.)
  5. Bake 15-18 minutes or until the middle is slightly firm and the edges are lightly golden.
  6. Cool completely, then frost and cut into squares.
  7. Vanilla Frosting:
  8. In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, whip together butter and powdered sugar until thick. (Mixture will seem dry.) Add half and half a little at a time until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add in food optional food coloring and mix until well blended.
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Recipe adapted slightly from: Cooking Classy

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Comments

  1. says

    Are Bake at 350’s cookies not the most amazing things ever? I attempted sugar cookies with royal icing for my sister’s graduation- they turned out pretty well, but having the right cookie-frosting tools is totally necessary. Annie’s Eats has a good beginner recipe. Anyway— I love these bars! Super simple and adorable! My little guys will love ‘em in their lunch boxes!!

  2. says

    Yay, your site is fixed!! Saw your FB post last night – am glad it’s all resolved so quickly :)

    These bars are such a great alternative to traditional sugar cookies. Sometimes you just want quick and easy!

  3. says

    Uh. Sugar cookies without the extra work?! Sign me up! These look awesome! I also have frosting/cake decorating on my bucket list. It looks so awesome when done right!

  4. emanuelle says

    Wow this looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it.
    Check out my blog if you get a chance. It would mean a lot to me!

  5. Janelle says

    Just made these last night for Valentine’s Day today , and they turned out soooo yummy ! Everyone at work LOVED them and my boyfriend and I couldn’t stop snacking on them! Thanks so much for this recipe. I posted a picture of them on instagram and facebook and people were requesting for me to make them lol. A wonderful treat <3

  6. Britt says

    How long do these keep I was planning on making them a little over 24 hours in advance, but want to make sure they still taste fresh. Does anybody know? I’m thinking the best way would be to make them and wait until before the party to frost them and cut them into squares. Ideas? :)

    • says

      Hey Britt- I think they’d be fine made a day in advance. Just keep them airtight and in the fridge. Bring them to room temperature before serving!

  7. girl says

    i just made these cookies for a dinner i was going to and they didnt bake right. instead of solidifying they boiled inside the oven.

    • says

      I’m not sure what went wrong! I’ve had much luck with this recipe every time I’ve made it. Sorry they didn’t turn out for you :(

  8. Christine says

    Tried this last night and it didn’t turn out at all! It was like a had just baked a large plate of flour. It was dry and tasted of nothing but flour. I double-check and all ingredients were exact. Just thought I would touch base and see if anyone else had trouble?

    It didn’t turn out as batter, more like dough. It was solid, sticky and I just patted it into the dish. It stayed in little balls/chunks, not liquidy at all. Perhaps I made a mistake somewhere? I used a 9×13 casserole type of dish. Maybe it was too thick?

    • says

      I’m so sorry Christine- that’s frustrating. I wish I knew what went wrong for you but I don’t know how to pin-point it. The batter shouldn’t be liquidy, but should be the consistency of sugar cookie dough. Maybe you didn’t spread it evenly enough?

      • Christine says

        It seemed okay, but maybe I’ll try again some other time. Maybe something wasn’t fresh or I really did make a mistake in ingredients. :)

  9. Ji says

    Just made these – they came out wonderfully! I loved how the cookie wasn’t too sweet. I kinda wish I hadnt found this recipe… Sugar cookies are gonna be *way* too easy to make now!

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