Easy Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe

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!

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 a flight is going to be cancelled, chances are I’m involved! Before I get to the sugar cookie recipe, I’m going to tease you with photos while I tell my story!! (or scroll all the way down for the recipe)

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. The flight to Atlanta got cancelled.

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

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!

How to make Sugar Cookie Bars

Line a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat softened butter and sugar with an electric mixer for several minutes, until creamy. Add vanilla and egg and beat until fluffy.

Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing until combined.

Using floured hands, drop cookie dough onto baking sheet and press until evenly distributed. You’re going to feel like you don’t have enough dough, but you will.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the edges begin to lightly brown. Remove and cool completely.

For the frosting, beat butter and vanilla on high for two minutes. Add powdered sugar, salt and milk and beat for up to 5 minutes until fluffy. If you want, add a drop of gel food coloring and mix it in until combined. Spread frosting on cooled cookie bars, and add sprinkles. Cut into squares and enjoy!

This frosting will harden slightly so you can stack the cookies, or place parchment paper between layers.

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

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Yield: 24 servings

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

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!


  • 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
  • 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 powder 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!!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice

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

Recipe originally published May 20, 2014


About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Comments & Reviews

  1. I made these last night and found that the flour measurements were off. I’m sorry to say they tasted like flour. The ratio is off with amount of sugar asked for. I will try again but with 2 1/4 cups and the same sugar amt.  I hv many sugar cookie  bar recipes and after looking at them noticed the measurement differences. Hence floury taste.  Wanted to point this out. Sorry.

  2. Just saw the photo for your frosted sugar cookie bars. Love bar cookies (so easy), love sugar cookies and LOVE blue frosting with sprinkles. I was hooked the moment I saw the blue frosting!!!!! Can’t wait to make these. By the way, your photographs of all your goodies are spectacular – very appealing presentations and colors. I invariably come back to your recipes to browse.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

    1. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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! 😉

  7. 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! 😉

  8. 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!!

    1. 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 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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 😉

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

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

  13. 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.

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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! 🙂

  19. 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.

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