With the holidays coming, I find myself drawn to extra colorful things:  clothes, decorations and food are all more fun with pops of color incorporated.  I made these Sugar Cookie Bars to welcome a new baby boy, but they would be just as adorable with red, green or orange frosting to fit the occasion that you make them for.

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Sugar Cookie Bars {satisfymysweettooth.com}

The base for these bars is thick sugar cookie dough.  The dough stays dense and gooey and the bars remind me of the huge cookies with thick frosting that I used to love picking out at the grocery store bakery as a kid.  Don’t get me wrong, these Sugar Cookie Bars are rich even for the most extreme sweet tooth, but the rich buttery flavor of the dough topped with smooth buttercream is simply irresistible.

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Anyone can appreciate how easy these Sugar Cookie Bars are to make.  Instead of forming individual cookies, the dough is pressed into a square pan using damp fingers to spread it evenly.  I mixed some rainbow jimmies into my dough because I wanted the bars to be extra colorful like funfetti cake.  My frosting was a gorgeous light blue/teal color and I topped it with “boy” colored sprinkles, but it would be fun to make the frosting red or green for Christmas and top it with festively-shaped sprinkles.

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I think children and adults will be instantly drawn to these colorful and scrumptious Sugar Cookie Bars.

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Sugar Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 26 minutes

Yield: 25 bars

Sugar Cookie Bars: Thick and gooey sugar cookie dough bars topped with a creamy smear of buttercream frosting

Ingredients

    For the bars
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp rainbow jimmies (sprinkles)
  • For the frosting
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • food coloring and sprinkles as desired

Instructions

    For the bars
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 8X8-inch square baking pan. Line pan with parchment paper and allow paper to overhang the edges slightly (this will make it easy to lift bars out of the pan).
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  5. Mix in flour, salt, baking soda and jimmies.
  6. Pour dough into prepared pan. Dough will be thick. Wet fingers and use them to spread the dough evenly into the pan.
  7. Bake 16-18 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.
  9. For the frosting
  10. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine the butter, milk and vanilla. Mix in the powdered sugar one cup at a time until well blended and smooth.
  11. Color with a few drops of desired food coloring.
  12. Spread onto cooled bars and decorate with sprinkles as desired.
  13. Use parchment paper to lift bars out of pan.
  14. Cut and serve.
  15. Makes ~25 bars
  16. Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff

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8 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Alyssa
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    I’m convinced there’s nothing better than a classic sugar cookie with frosting. Yum!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Nov 25, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

      I am with you on that idea Alyssa!

      Reply

  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    OMG, these look AMAZING. I must make. And maybe for Thanksgiving so I don’t eat the whole pan!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Nov 25, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

      I think these bars would get gobbled up at Thanksgiving! And they would be so cute with yellow or orange frosting with fall sprinkles!

      Reply

  3. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I love recipes like this one that you can adapt to fit the ocassion or holiday! The sugar cookie part looks so chewy and soft and that frosting…yuumaay! Pinning!

    Reply

  4. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    I love making cookie bars because of how easy they are! I need more of these kinds of recipes for the holidays!

    Reply

  5. Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    I’m hooked on sugar cookie bars – so much easier than rolling and cutting dough, and SO good! Love how thick the icing is on yours!

    Reply

  6. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen
    Nov 30, 2013 @ 1:05 am

    I have always wanted to make sugar cookie bars and I can really say that yours look so dense and chewy and delicious!!! I want!!

    Reply

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