Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

A classic sugar cookie made easy by making them into bars. Frost with a generous layer of buttercream, tinted in your favorite color! Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars are a family favorite!

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars: chewy sugar cookies topped with a creamy buttercream frosting!


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You may have noticed I was traveling this past weekend. As a food blogger, one of my favorite things to do is meet up with other foodies. I had the opportunity to go to Miami for the BlogHer Food conference (thanks to Candiquik and Crunch Pak)!!

If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you would know that I have the worst luck traveling. From being stranded in Dallas last year at BlogHer food to having a cancelled flight to Miami in February for the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. If I flight is going to be cancelled, chances are I’m involved! Before I get to the recipe, I’m going to tease you with photos while I tell my story!!

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars: chewy sugar cookies topped with a creamy buttercream frosting!

My flight down to Miami was pretty uneventful. However, within minutes of landing in Miami, a terrible storm rolled in, causing the airport to close and dozens (hundreds??) of flights to be diverted and delayed. I rejoiced at my good fortune. I was so thankful to not be one of those bloggers stranded this time! “How lucky am I”, I thought to myself!

I had an amazing weekend, filled with good food and of course, lots of friends and networking! I even planned my trip to have a little downtime on Sunday and taking a later flight home! It gave me plenty of time to sleep in and enjoy some delicious food and chatting time with friends!

All my good fortune changed once arriving to the airport to head home. I should have known this was coming! My flight was delayed from Miami-Atlanta, which would have caused me to miss my connection to Cincinnati. Crap.

My choices at this point in talking with the desk were to stay in Miami and catch all my flights the following day, or fly to Atlanta and hope my connecting flight was delayed as well, otherwise spending the night in Atlanta. I was going to choose option B, but things got worse.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars: chewy sugar cookies topped with a creamy buttercream frosting!

While waiting to decide what to do, Amanda from the blog, Kevin and Amanda was on my flight, dealing with the same issues. I’m pretty sure I jinxed her, as she was in the delayed group last year to BlogHer Food. I’m so sorry Amanda!!

Needless to say, I got on the phone with Delta and was given a new option. Fly to Chicago then get a connecting flight to Dayton, Ohio (which is about the same distance as Cincinnati for me)! Yeah!!!

No. Of course it wouldn’t be that easy, once arriving in Chicago, my Dayton flight was cancelled (of course it was!!). So I spent the night in Chicago at a fancy hotel, enjoyed some complimentary meal tickets and flew first class home in the morning.

Given my track record with HORRIBLE flights, I’ll be sharing some tips for you as a traveler. Tips on what to bring, what not to bring, and how to deal with change! So stay tuned for part 2 in “Adventures with Aimee.” Coming to a blog near you on Thursday!

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars: chewy sugar cookies topped with a creamy buttercream frosting!

IN THE MEANTIME, why don’t we all just enjoy some frosted sugar cookie bars!?! I’ve been teasing you with photos this whole post! I took my favorite sugar cookie recipe, made some delicious, easy bars (cause who has time to make individual cookies every week??) and frosted them with a creamy, BLUE, buttercream frosting.

Of course there were sprinkles involved too!


Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars: chewy sugar cookies topped with a creamy buttercream frosting!

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: 24 large bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 drop blue food coloring (I use gel), optional
  • sprinkles, optional


  1. For the cookies, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes on medium high with an electric mixer, scraping sides down occasionally. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until combined. Add flour, baking owder and salt, mixing until fully blended.
  2. Line a 15x10x1 baking sheet with parchment paper. Using floured hands, drop dough onto baking sheet and press until evenly distributed. This takes a minute or two, but it can be done!
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-18 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter and vanilla on high for two minutes until fluffy. Add salt, powdered sugar ad milk and beat for 3-5 minutes until fluffy and fully blended. Beat in food coloring until combined. Spread on cooled cookie bars and add sprinkles. Cut into squares and enjoy!!

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars: chewy sugar cookies topped with a creamy buttercream frosting!

42 Responses to “Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars”

  1. posted May 20, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Yum! Those definitely look party-ready–I love cookie bars. :)

  2. posted May 20, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Those bars are looking so festive, I love the color! Your flight problems were pretty horrible, fortunately you got home eventually… And it seems like the trip was worth it.

  3. posted May 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I’m so sorry you had so many hassles with trying to get home! I am jealous that you got to go to BlogHer Food, though! Maybe next year… Your sugar cookie bars look so sweet and tempting! :)

    • posted May 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      If you can swing it, it’s so worth going and connecting with other bloggers!

  4. Meredith
    posted May 20, 2014 at 11:25 am

    YAY! A sugar cookie recipe I don’t have to refrigerate first! (I hate the wait.) These look yummy and I can’t wait to try it.

  5. posted May 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Dude. omg. You do seriously have the worst luck traveling. Holy crap. I remember all the other airline sagas like it was yesterday and when i saw your IG this morning I was thinking, well I guess she took Mon. off and Tues is her first real day back…understandable. No, you were in travel hell on Monday still. So sorry!!!

    These bars look amazing. I love the color. The texture. The sprinkles. YES! pinned

    • posted May 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Yeah, I do have bad luck. LOL. It’s quite ridiculous. Thanks for pinning my cookies Averie!!!

  6. posted May 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I cannot believe your luck! Rental cars might be a better option huh? At least you are in home and able to share these fantastic sugar cookie bars with us! Great seeing you again.

    • posted May 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      It was great to see you too! And rental cars? Genius.

  7. posted May 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Oh no! So sorry you had all this trouble coming back home, Aimee!
    These bars – look fabulous! Love the frosting and sprinkles! Pinning!

  8. posted May 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Ugh! I’m so sorry you had to go through all that, but got the royal treatment in Chicago!! These cookie bars are the perfect remedy to traveling hell.

    • posted May 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Yes, I did get some good treatment. Unfortunately it was such a short time :) So great to meet you this weekend!!

  9. posted May 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Oh boy! I guess you couldn’t go one trip without having travel issues. I’m glad you eventually made it home ok, but what a pain! It was so fun meeting you, Aimee! I hope we get a chance to see each other again soon.

    • posted May 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      It was so fun to meet you too Ashley!!! You’re as adorable and sweet as I expected :)

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  11. Mir
    posted May 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Remind me never to travel with you! It’s a curse! :)
    But sprinkles make everything better. These look great!

  12. posted May 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Sorry about your flight, but those sugar cookie bars look AMAZING!

  13. posted May 20, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Oh man, your travel stories are crazy!! I’m so glad you avoided the crazy delays and cancellations of this past Miami trip and you were able to make it Miami safe and sound! Looked like a ton of fun – so jealous I didn’t make it! These bars look so perfect and I love the blue frosting – they remind me of the Frozen blue; I’ve clearly watched too much of it 😉

    • posted May 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      I am very happy to have made it to Miami safe and sound! One of these days we will connect :)

  14. posted May 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    These are seriously fantastic! I need them! I crave them!

  15. posted May 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Such suckage Aimee!!!! Ugh. I’m so sorry!!! But these bars are fantastic!

  16. posted May 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about all of your travel craziness! Yuck! I’m glad you finally made it home! And, as always, these look all kinds of amazing and I’m drooling over my screen.

    • posted May 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Missed you at BHF this year!!!! Sorry for the drool on the screen.

  17. posted May 20, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Pics areirresistible

  18. posted May 21, 2014 at 9:37 am

    We just had a trip where all of our flights were messed up, no fun!
    Love these sugar cookie bars! The blue frosting is so fun!

  19. posted May 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Girl, I hate flight issues. My NYC flight was delayed (ON THE TARMAC) when I was pregnant ,because of a storm rolling in. I sat there, pregnant, on a plane that wasn’t moving for TWO HOURS. When it finally got to Atlanta, I had missed my connection and was stuck overnight. They would not pay a motel, I had no food, no contact solution, nothing. My pregnant butt was stuck finding a hotel and going hungry, sleeping 4 hours in my contacts so I could catch the next flight in the morning. Not that I’m still bitter or anything.

    These bars are look so so good. Love that blue frosting!!

    • posted May 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      UGh, I can’t even imagine if I had been pregnant. I have been stranded without my contacts. I wear dailies, and they seriously dry out after one day, of course my glasses were in my checked luggage. So the next day I was completely blind with a migraine. Boo. But yes, frosted bars for the win :)

  20. posted May 21, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Oh man I’m sorry about all of the epic flight fails. :/ Glad you finally got home though! And that you had a nice time at BlogHer! Oh and as if this wasn’t apparent, DUDE THESE COOKIE BARS! Give me (please) a bowl of that frosting just on it’s own! 😉

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  22. posted May 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Goodness, I hope your next flight experience goes more smoothly, Aimee! It’s no fun dealing with delayed flights, especially if the airport doesn’t have a Starbucks 😉 I’m flying into Dayton in a couple of months to visit family. Bummer they certainly don’t have Starbucks, but at least it’s never too crowded! 😉

  23. posted May 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    This is the best way to eat a sugar cookie — nice, and thick and chewy with even more frosting on top. They look delicious, Aimee!

  24. posted May 31, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    these are so cute. i love the blue!

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  27. Donna
    posted Sep 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I SO want to make these cookies, but I only have 3 stick of butter. I wonder if it would make a huge difference if I used 1 stick of butter and 1 stick of margarine in the frosting?

    • posted Dec 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      I recently have been on the pursuit of a sugar cookie with the just right texture, and sugary sweetness like in the traditional classic sugar cookie. My search is over. This is a wonderful cookie bar. I brought to my work place and everyone loved, loved this cookie. They are so addicting, hard to say just one more to. I have tried other recipes that were good. I think these are especially yummy because it is thinner; made in a sheet cake pan verses a cake pan. Very dense, the recipe is 99%. I did add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract to batter and again to frosting. So many raves. Decorated Christmas theme with white frosting and green and red sprinkles. Thanks for this recipe!

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  29. Sandra
    posted Jan 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I made these for my husband last night, as he loves the Lofthouse cookies. Well, he doesn’t eat the store bought ones, but does love thick sugar cookies with frosting. I made them, frosted them, and have them in five containers in the fridge. They might last him awhile. Hoping a grandchild or two stops by to munch on them as well.

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