Sugar Cookie Bar Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)

The best sugar cookie bar recipe!

These sugar cookies bars are moist, buttery, chewy and delicious! Everything a sugar cookie bar should be.

I haven’t tried all sugar cookie bar recipes out there, so I suppose it is risky to claim that these are the best. However, I did search out 4 promising recipes, make them all during one day, and taste test each in order to determine which I like the most. Do you ever get a little crazy like that? Well, now you don’t have to – with sugar cookie bars anyway…unless you really want to.


That’s a lot of butter, right?! It is safe to say that my kitchen was a disaster area during and after this process. The neighbors sure seemed to enjoy the fruits of my labors though! (FYI – A few of them proclaimed that these cookie bars taste just like the Swig sugar cookie bars. I cannot personally confirm this since I have not had one before – which is a shame, I know.)

By the way, they were all pretty good cookie bars, but there was a clear winner in my opinion. Clear enough that I may never again try a new sugar cookie bar recipe. 😉

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I like that this recipe includes a little bit of sour cream in the batter, because it just always seems to make sugar cookies even better. If you love sugar cookies with a bit of almond extract in there, feel free to add that in too. Totally optional though – tastes great either way.

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in the beginning, but then switch to a spoon or spatula to stir in the ingredients from that point on – as instructed in the recipe.

The dough is soft and sticky. You will want to butter your hands, or something like that, to help keep them from sticking to the batter while you press it into the pan.

Go ahead and use your favorite buttercream frosting recipe on the cooled cookie bars. That’s what I did! Add food coloring, if desired. Enjoy!

The sugar cookie bar recipe is slightly adapted from Cooking Classy, and the frosting recipe is slightly adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Ateco 4.25 by 0.75-Inch Small Sized Blade Ultra Spatula

If you ever spread frosting, you should have an angled spatula! Fast and easy to spread a nice, even layer. I love mine!

More of my favorite bar recipes:

Sugar Cookie Bar Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins
Yield: 9x13 pan | Serves: 24


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (12 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • Buttercream Frosting

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • Food coloring and sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil and lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes. Stir in the egg and egg white. Add sour cream, vanilla, and almond extract (if using) and mix until blended. Slowly add flour mixture and stir until combined. With buttered hands, gently press and pat the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the bars are set. The bars will still be pale, but the edges may start to turn golden brown. Cool completely, then remove from pan, frost, and cut into squares.
  5. Frosting: In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar gradually and mix on low speed after each addition, until well blended and creamy. Add the heavy cream and whip until frosting is light and fluffy.


To make these bars in a large rimmed cookie sheet, do 1 1/2 times the ingredients in the recipe.

Recipe Adapted From: Cooking Classy

Meal Type: Desserts, 4th of July, Christmas, Easter, Fall, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Spring, Summer, Super Bowl Party, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Meatless
Categories: BBQ, Brownies and Bars, Cookies and Treats, Oven

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