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Sugar Cookie Bars

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Sugar Cookie Bars

Need an easy dessert that your kids will love? One that requires no batches and only 15 minutes to bake?

These Sugar Cookie Bars are it. My kids have loved these for years. The best part is you can easily decorate them for any occasion with some sprinkles or colored chocolate chips. We found these mermaid chocolate chips last week and decided to make some “mermaid” bars for my daughter.

This is one of those easy go-to treat recipes you’ll want to have in your arsenal. Just mix up the sugar cookie dough, press in a pan, and bake for 15. Then cool and lightly frost.

You’ll love this buttercream frosting recipe too – it’s creamy and easy. I’ve used it on several of my cakes. One of my favorite tricks with frosting is to add a little almond extract to add a little more depth of flavor.

Sugar Cookie Bars


Sugar Cookie Bars

  • 3/4 c. butter, unsalted (1.5 sticks / 12 tbsp.)
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/4 c. softened butter, unsalted (1/2 stick / 4 tbsp.)
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 3-5 tbsp. milk or cream
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9×13" baking pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • First combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt). Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer), beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and egg white, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Slowly add dry mixture and mix until well combined. Turn dough out into baking pan and press mixture into pan. Bake 14-15 minutes until edges have the lightest brown color. Then remove from oven. Cool completely, then frost.

Buttercream Frosting

  • Beat butter in a stand mixer with paddle attachment until softened and smooth.
    Add in 1 c. of powdered sugar, then a tiny bit of milk, beat on high until smooth. Continue this process until all the powdered sugar is incorporated and frosting is smooth. Add vanilla extract and almond extract, and beat until smooth.
  • Spread frosting on top of cooled bars. Cut and serve! Store bars in an airtight container so they don't dry out.

I am certain you will love these Sugar Cookie Bars. Let me know if you make this and tag me @plumstreetcollective on Instagram. Happy Baking!

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