Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars (+ Video)

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These Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars have a buttery sugar cookie base and a thick layer of rich frosting. You can decorate these homemade cookie bars for any occasion with a little food coloring and sprinkles.

These Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars are loved by kids of all ages. The, not too sweet, vanilla cookie bottom, is slathered with a fluffy frosting flavored with almond extract. Totally customizable for any holiday, this large batch is perfect for parties and feeding a crowd!

Back in 2012, when I first made these Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars, I made them all the time! Literally, I think I made them 3 times in one week! Can you say Obsessed?! I first made them with vanilla extract, but since trying it way back then, I have always added a little almond extract in, too.

If you are a fan of a classic chewy sugar cookie then these bar cookies will rock your world! So simple to make!


There is nothing quite like classic sugar cookie bars with frosting. I mean, if the dessert has sugar in the name, you know it will be something tasty! They are a great party dessert or holiday dessert, and easy to prepare ahead of time. Why get store-bought when you can make these simple sugar cookie bars at home?


The beauty of traditional sugar cookies is that they are perfect for any season! This bar form recipe uses vanilla and almond extract but you can interchange almond for another flavor depending on the occasion. Pumpkin for Fall, peppermint for Christmas, lemon for summer…the list goes on. Change the frosting color and add some fun sprinkles or decorations for Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, or baby showers!

If you love dessert bars you are sure to love these too: Iced Snickerdoodle Bars, PB&J Oatmeal Cookie Bars, No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Bars, and these luscious Zucchini Brownies


You know I am all about hosting so that means easy recipes that you can prepare in advance. You can make the sugar cookie dough up to a week in advance and keep it in plastic wrap in your fridge! 

This is one of my favorite sugar cookie recipes and I have made these easy sugar cookie bars for Halloween, an engagement party, bake sales, class parties, and a family reunion. So versatile for any holiday season and so yummy every time. 


Complete ingredients and instructions can be found if you scroll to the bottom of this post for the full printable recipe.

For the Sugar Cookie Bars:

  • Butter: Unsalted butter is recommended – it allows you to control how much salt is present in your recipe. 

  • Sugar: Use white granulated sugar.

  • Eggs 

  • Vanilla extract: I recommend pure vanilla extract.

  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour for this recipe.

  • Salt 

  • Baking powder 

For the Frosting:

  • Food coloring and sprinkles: These are optional but sure do make the cookie bars look pretty!


FIRST: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 13×18 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and line it with a piece of parchment paper.

SECOND: In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and sugar, then add vanilla and eggs. 

THIRD: Mix all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture into the wet mixture and combine well. For best results, use a stand mixer or hand mixer. Spread dough in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

FOURTH: While the cookies are baking, start on the frosting recipe by creaming together butter, shortening, extracts, and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add in powdered sugar and milk and mix until the frosting is fluffy. 

FIFTH: Spread frosting on top of cooled bars. The best way to spread the frosting is with an offset spatula. You can also add sprinkles, candy bits, or fruit! 

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  • Why are my frosted sugar cookies so dry? If you notice your dough is dry and crumbly, you can add a teaspoon of milk or water until your mixture binds. If you notice that your cookies are dry once they are out of the oven, this is due to over baking. Just load them up with frosting and try to moisten them up!

  • How long can frosted sugar cookies last at room temperature? Store your cookie bars at room temperature for up to seven days in an airtight container. Or store in the fridge for up to two weeks or the freezer for up to three months.

  • Do frosted sugar cookies need to be refrigerated? You do not need to refrigerate your sugar cookies immediately. They can sit on your counter and look pretty for about a week. After that, store them in a fridge or freezer. However, if you do not bake the dough right away, you must refrigerate your sugar cookie dough

  • How do you keep the middle of the cookie bars from sinking/ensuring they are fully cooked?  To keep your sugar cookie bars from sinking you want to make sure they are fully cooked. Signs of your bars being ready to come out of the oven would be golden brown edges and a toothpick or knife that comes out clean when dipped into the middle. 

  • What’s the difference between butter and shortening?  Butter is a mixture of fat and some water while shortening is 100% fat. Because of this, shortening provides more stability within the frosting because it does not melt like butter. Using both butter and shortening provides the benefits of shortening while still yielding that yummy buttery flavor! 


Remember that when it comes to making substitutions in recipes, you don’t need to be afraid to get creative and use ingredients that suit your personal taste and dietary preferences. Make it your own!

  • Almond extract: provides a rich flavor, but can be interchangeable with vanilla. You might also try hazelnut extract for the same sweet, nutty flavor. 

  • Shortening: I do not recommend it but in a pinch, you can use butter. If subbing with butter, use a 1:1 ratio (1 cup shortening=1 cup butter). 

  • Milk: Milk acts as a thinning agent in the frosting so any milk will do! You can also use cream or water. You can use lemon juice, or even coffee if you want to flavor your frosting. 


  • This recipe requires a lot of mixing so I recommend using a stand mixer with paddle attachment to save your arm. 

  • You can prepare the dough ahead of time and keep it in plastic wrap in your fridge for up to three to five days before baking. If you need to make it even further in advance, you can keep the dough wrapped up in the freezer for up to three months. 

  • To store your frosted treats, keep them in an airtight container (Tupperware, Ziploc) for up to a week at room temperature. After that, store them in the fridge for a few more days.

  • Package individual cookies in clear bags for bake sales and treats for work or school.  

  • Use cookie cutters to cut shapes, Valentine’s Day hearts, and Pumpkins for Halloween – use the leftovers pieces for crumbling over ice cream for another easy recipe for a yummy dessert!


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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

These Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars have a buttery sugar cookie base and a layer of rich frosting. You can decorate these homemade cookie bars for any occasion with a little food coloring and sprinkles.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Additional Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Bars
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie bar recipe, cookie bars with frosting, easy dessert bars, festive cookie bars, frosted cookie bars, frosted dessert bars, Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars, frosted treats, holiday dessert, homemade cookie bars, party desserts, sugar cookie bars recipe, sugar cookie recipe
Servings: 32 bars
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla +1/2 tsp almond extract, optional
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons milk
  • food coloring optional
  • sprinkles optional


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • For the cookies: Cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs, and beat well. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing well.
  • Spread into greased 13×18 pan, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Cool, before frosting.
  • For the frosting: In a mixer, cream together butter and shortening, add extract and salt. Add powdered sugar and milk a little at a time, mixing until fluffy.
  • Can tint the frosting with food coloring if desired.
  • Spread onto cooled cookie bars.
  • Top with sprinkles if you choose.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g
This recipe was originally posted in 2012. It has been updated to improve user experience and reshared on July 28, 2023.
Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
original recipe from A Little Bit Crunchy, A Little Bit Rock & Roll

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  1. This is such a fun variation on classic sugar cookies! A perfect recipe to make with kids who don’t have the patience to form individual cookies. Just press in the pan and bake!

  2. I just love how thick and soft these look! Sugar cookies happen to be my absolute favorite. 🙂

  3. These look awesome! Perfect for kid parties—or heck, adult parties too. Who am I kidding. I can’t wait to try them! Something about a cookie bar just hits different. (In the best way.)

  4. Easy to make and a hit with both kids and adults alike. These bars won’t last long – they disappear as quickly as you can make them!

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