Soft Sugar Cookie Bars

5 from 2 votes

Sharing the best soft sugar cookie bars today! These soft sugar cookie bars are frosted with cream cheese frosting and are perfect for any occasion!

Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe

If you’re looking for a dessert perfect for any occasion, you’ve found it! These cream cheese frosted bars are sweet and can be made into any color you’d like with a drop or two of food coloring. Buttery sweet cookie bars underneath sweet creamy frosting on top.

Be sure to try my traditional Sugar Cookie Recipe too! Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.

sugar cookie bars ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • salted butter- For most of my recipes I use salted butter. Unsalted works too.
  • granulated sugar– This fine white sugar adds sweetness to the cookie bars.
  • powdered sugar– Also called confectioners sugar, this sugar adds sweetness to the cookie bars.
  • large egg– For consistency, I use large eggs in my cooking and baking.
  • pure vanilla extract- Use pure vanilla extract for best tasting results.
  • sour cream– Use full fat sour cream for the recipe.
  • all-purpose flour– Flour is the main dry ingredient in the cookies.
  • baking powder– Baking powder helps the cookies rise during baking.
  • kosher salt– Kosher salt is a course salt commonly used in cooking and baking. I prefer it over table salt.
  • food coloring if desired– Choose different food coloring to choose the color of your frosting.
  • sprinkles if desired– Any sprinkle you enjoy works great.

creaming butter and sugars for sugar cookie bars

How To Make Sugar Cookie Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter and sugars into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Beat until well combined. Add egg, vanilla and sour cream mixing until well combined. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt, stirring until thick dough forms. Transfer dough into prepared baking dish, pressing evenly in bottom of dish. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
  3. To prepare frosting, place cream cheese and butter into a mixing bowl or stand mixer with whisk attachment. Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy and smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency. Add a drop or two of food coloring if desired. Spread over cooled bars. Top with sprinkles of your choice if desired. Cut bars into squares and serve room temperature.

adding eggs and vanilla to mixing bowl

Add egg, vanilla and sour cream to creamed butter and sugars.

adding dry ingredients to mixing bowl

Dry ingredients up next.

sugar cookie bars dough in mixing bowl

Mix until dough forms. Transfer dough to a parchment lined 9 x 13 inch baking dish, pressing evenly into bottom of dish. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 18-20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

spreading frosting over sugar cookie bars

Once cookie bars are cooled, cut off edges if desired like I have done. Not necessary, just makes sharper edges. When preparing frosting, add a drop or two of food coloring of choice. I added two drops of blue to mine. Frost over cooled bars.

frosting spread over sugar cookie bars

Spread cream cheese frosting evenly over cooled cookie bars.

sprinkles added to tops of sugar cookie bars

Use any sprinkles of your choice for the top. Other options are crushed cookies and even M&M’s.

sugar cookie bars cut into squares

Cut sugar cookie bars into squares and serve room temperature.

holding sugar cookie bar showing inside

How To Serve Sugar Cookie Bars

Serve frosted bars for any Holiday or occasion. It’s fun to mix up the color of frosting depending on the occasion you’re serving them. Lots of fun options to play with.

How To Store Leftovers

Store any leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Recipe Tips For Success

  • Make sure butter is softened and cream cheese has plenty of time to soften.
  • Use real butter, full fat cream cheese and full fat sour cream.
  • Let sugar cookie bars cool completely before adding frosting.
  • Use any food coloring you’d like for the frosting.
sugar cookie bars cut into squares
5 from 2 votes

Soft Sugar Cookie Bars

These Soft Sugar Cookie Bars are perfect for every occasion and the frosting can be made any color you'd like!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $20
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • mixing bowl
  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • parchment paper
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing spoon
  • offset knife to spread frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 stick softened butter salted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tablespoons softened cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter salted
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Place butter and sugars into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Beat until well combined. Add egg, vanilla and sour cream mixing until well combined. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt, stirring until thick dough forms. Transfer dough into prepared baking dish, pressing evenly in bottom of dish. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
  • To prepare frosting, place cream cheese and butter into a mixing bowl or stand mixer with whisk attachment. Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy and smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency. Add a drop or two of food coloring if desired. Spread over cooled bars. Top with sprinkles of your choice if desired. Cut bars into squares and serve room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 Responses
  1. Shawna P

    5 stars
    Made these over lunch break today. Quick to make and taste amazing. The frosting is a wonderful complement to the cookie—it goes perfectly together. Thanks for the recipe…I will be making it again!

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