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Sugar Cookie Bars are so much easier than traditional cookies!
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5 from 2 votes

Soft Sugar Cookie Bars

Sometimes sugar cookies are too much work. These simple and soft sugar cookies bars are just like the traditional cookie, only quicker and made in a pan. They are anything but dry and dense.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 175kcal


Cookie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Buttercream Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons cream or milk room temperature
  • Food coloring and sprinkles if desired


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until combined.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the dough into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Do not over bake or you will end up with dry bars. Let cool completely.
  • Frost the bars when cool. To make the frosting, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and salt. Beat in enough cream or milk to make a smooth spreadable consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 149mg | Sugar: 11g