Sugar Cookie Bars


This is the last week of school here.   I am not sure I am ready for summer break.  After spending the long weekend with my son, and him being bored when we weren’t actively doing something, I think it will be a long summer!  His teacher just sent home a 10 week course of “homework” to work on over the summer.  It isn’t much to do each day, but at least we will have something to work on!

This afternoon my son has field day at school.  He really wants me to go watch, so it should be a fun afternoon!  Unfortunately, the school district doesn’t allow homemade treats for the kids.  These bars would be a great treat for after all the running around they are going to do.

I did learn an important lesson with these bars.  Ok, not the bars, but the frosting.  I tried to use a sugar substitute for the powdered sugar, and I combined that with the Duncan Hines flavor packets. Not a good idea!  Stick with regular sugar, and regular flavor.  Maybe the flavor packet would have worked, if it weren’t for the strange taste of the sugar substitute. But with regular frosting these bars are sweet, soft, and delicious.

Yields 24

Light and fluffy sugar cookies in the form of a bar

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • Bars
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (approximately)
  • 1/3 cup milk (approximately)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 13 x 9 in pan with foil. Spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In an electric mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Stir in vanilla. In another bowl mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture, until just combined. Spread the dough into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes, a tester should come out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  3. To make the frosting cream the butter until fluffy. Add vanilla, milk, and 1/2 of the powdered sugar. Continue adding powdered sugar to get to the right consistency. You might have to adjust the milk or powdered sugar to make it spreadable. Spread over the cooled bars.


Adapted from Recipe Girl





  1. Mmm, I love a classic sugar cookie bar! And the frosting on these looks perfectly sweet…extra yum. Definitely a great field day reward. :)

  2. Don’t you love these? I made them a few months ago and they were a total hit. Love your blue frosting. Hope you have a great week.

  3. These look delicious, I bet the kids love them!

  4. I’ve been seeing these all over and still haven’t gotten to making them – thanks for the reminder, yours look deee-licious!

  5. I’ve never heard of these! What a great idea! They look delicious!

  6. These look real yummy!

  7. Our summer vacation here doesn’t start until June 27th! Yipes! But like you, I need to keep these li’l ones busy or else they will become couch potatoes! Yum, these bars look lovely! How can I resist sugar-cookie bars?

  8. Okay someone just needs to make these for me because clearly I’m the last person to ever make them (or not as it is). they look deeelicious

  9. Is that Tiffany blue on top?!?!? 😀 These bars are a must make!

    • Tiffany – it was colored from the Duncan Hines Cotton Candy flavor packet. It is the perfect Tiffany blue though :)

  10. Sometimes you just need real sugar!! This looks super delish and I ljust love the photos!

  11. These are just beautiful! I love the pastel colors and they sound delicious.

  12. Oh bummer, these would be a perfect afternoon snack for kiddos. They look wonderful to me, I would eat a whole batch!

  13. Totally love your hip, blue frosting :-)

  14. MMMM these are right up my alley! These sound yummy, and I love the blue frosting. :)

  15. These remind me of those sugar cookies you find at the grocery store, but in a nice chewy thickness I love. Num!

  16. I think my husband’s response says it all, ” oh don’t those look good.” I guess I have to make them now.

  17. Mm…sugar cookie bars get me every time! Love the blue frosting too :)

  18. Oooo, these look yummy, Erin! I love a good sugar cookie.

    I have been wanting to try those frosting packets in home made frosting. Now I know it can be done thanks to you :-)

  19. Uhh long summer starts soon! My son’s last day of school is next Friday, so we got one more week. I put him some camps but he’ll be spending more time with me for sure…. wish we live close so we can have a playdate! =) Looks like these are delicious sugar cookie bars!

  20. Erin, these sugar cookie bars are so cute! I love the blue/green frosting too! These would be cute for 4th of July with red and blue sprinkles! You can’t go wrong with sprinkles.. 😉

  21. I would love to sink my teeth into one of those bars and see the marks on the frosting.. sorry… I was having a moment. :) I hear you about summer break…. it’s two and half long months of trying to keep them entertained and their minds stimulated. I always buy those big grade level workbooks from Costco and it keeps them busy for some of the day…. the rest of the time they are fighting and complaining they are bored.

  22. The color of the frosting is so pretty…I’d love that for kiddie parties and my toddler’s school activities. I have a sweet tooth, definitely a treat for me.

  23. —Omygosh,
    I am totally making these pretty little gems. Xx

  24. Those look so doughy and delicious! Great for a variety of functions and holidays! I’m sure they appeal to everyone! Can’t wait to give them a try.

  25. I just love sugar cookies because they are so soft and chewy. These bars look awesome! Especially with that frosting on top!

  26. I’ve heard more and more schools don’t allow homemade treats anymore. Such a shame for your son’s classmates! They are seriously missing out on all of your yummy treats. These are so cute! They would be perfect for a baby shower too!

  27. I will simply say “Erin I love you”. Now please send me these asap. xx

  28. Kelly M says:

    Made these today and they’re very good. They taste exactly like iced sugar cookies. I had to bake mine for 20-25 minutes to cook them through though. I used a 9×13 pan so I’m not sure why they took so much longer. Very good though.

    • Glad they were good! I was honestly surprised mine were done when they were, I thought I would have to keep adding minutes.

  29. Oooh, these look delish!!! A family pleaser for certain :)

  30. Sometimes there is just no replacement, and these do look perfectly moist and delicious!

  31. Ohhh sugar cookies how I adore you! That sound incredible!

  32. I’ve made these before! They are absolutely the best! :)

  33. Oh my gosh. I just finished making these and they taste AMAZING! It was so simple to make too! I’m 13 and I make desserts for my family a ton and I hate when I’m slaving in the kitchen for an hour trying to make something. The instructions were very clear to follow and simply put. I think the hardest thing about this was the clean up…which wasn’t hard…at all.


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