Sugar Cookie Bars

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Sugar Cookie Bars from @KatrinasKitchen

I’m back in the kitchen and I’m so excited to share this recipe with you! I knew that I would need a fairly simple recipe that I could make between naps and this one is perfect! Do you like sugar cookies but lack the hours it takes to cut them out and decorate them? Enter the Sugar Cookie Bar!! It is attractive, quick and easy to assemble, and very tasty. I made these pink and pretty for Valentine’s Day but the possibilities are endless with this simple recipe. I hope that you try it in your kitchen soon!

Sugar Cookie Bars from @KatrinasKitchenSugar Cookie Bars from @KatrinasKitchen

Sugar Cookie Bars- Valentine's




  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 cup butter; at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. milk or heavy cream
  • food coloring, if desired


  1. Prepare bars: In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Mix in vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt & baking soda. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Using your hands spread dough on a greased, rimmed baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan).  The dough will be just like sugar cookie dough- heavy & sticky.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. Prepare frosting: In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening together until smooth and creamy. Mix in vanilla (and almond extract if using). Add powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) until combined, then add milk (I like to use cream) & mix until smooth and spreading consistency. Add a few drops of color, if desired. Spread over cooled cookie, then cut into bars.

Source: adapted from Recipe Girl

- Katrina

40 Responses to “Sugar Cookie Bars”

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    Treat and Trick — February 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Such a beautiful and yummy bars! This is perfect for the occasion…

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    [email protected] — February 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Glad you are feeling better! And nothing can cheer a gal up more than being back in her kitchen and making sweets. These look great!

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    briarrose — February 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    A nice, easy treat. Love the pink. 🙂

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    ma cuisine humble — February 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    beautiful! happy valentine’s day & thanks for sharing!

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    Heather — February 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I’m down for any sort of cookie in bar form. 🙂

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    Dulce Dough — February 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    These are so pretty! Happy Valentine’s Day! So glad you are feeling better and are back in the kitchen! 🙂

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    Laurie Alves — February 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Welcome Back.. So glad you’re feeling better! I am a fan of a good Sugar Cookie! Love it when a Blogger makes things just plain easier!! thanks so much for this!

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    Claire Gallam — February 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    OMG amazing!!!

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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — February 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look so soft and buttery and delicious! You have a beautiful blog, Katrina, and I’m so glad to have found it. I’m looking forward to exploring your recipes and seeing more! Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂 – Georgia

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    Kimberly — February 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Oh yum… I love cookie bars of pretty much any flavor. And these look amazing!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — February 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Wow these bars look amazing! So delicious. Welcome back too!

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    [email protected] — February 15, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Great cookie bar for your return to the kitchen. What a perfect way to have sugar cookies without all the rolling and cutting. I’m happy to hear you’re feeling better.

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    Becky — February 15, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Your sugar cookie bars look so good and perfect for Valentines Day. I’m sure that the possibilities are endless. Glad to see you back in the kitchen:)

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    Fresh and Foodie — February 15, 2011 at 3:30 am

    I would do bad things for one of these right now! I shouldn’t be browsing delicious blogs while my sweet tooth is coming out in full force! These look lovely.

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    Kate @ — February 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Oh that is the perfect way to do it if you don’t have the time – brilliant! They look delicious. I’m loving that frosting…a lot!

  16. # — February 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Oh this looks SO GOOD. I could use one with my coffee right now…

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    Lynn — February 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Yummy treat!!! I see you have already been given a stylish blogger award but I wanted to share mine with you too b/c I enjoy your blog so I am paying it forward. Redeem your award here:

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    Simply Life — February 15, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    oh what a perfect valentine’s day treat!

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    Kankana — February 16, 2011 at 1:06 am

    thats a cute little valentine treat .. and the pink color .. aawwhh .. my fav !!!

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    Love From The Oven — February 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Those look delicious. There is something so simple and comforting about sugar cookies, and I like almost every cookie is better in bar form. 🙂

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    Kristen — February 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I keep meaning to make these, too. Every time I see them my mouth starts to watering and I know my family would just adore them. It’s time to move this recipe higher on my “to make” list.

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    Elise @ The Foodie Forkful — February 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Mmmm, those look tasty and easy.

  23. #
    Katerina — February 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Beautiful bars and beautiful pictures!

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    sweetsbysillianah — February 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    these look really good! i’ve been wanting to make them for a while but haven’t since they would be too sweet for my household… have to come up with an event to bring them to!

    btw, feel free to check out the giveaway i’m hosting on my blog – i think you would like the thermal lunch tote! ;)

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    whatsfordinneracrossstatelines — February 17, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Well I wish I had seen these sooner! Very good idea. Love all the frosting on there. Hope you are having a great week!

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    Mother Rimmy — February 17, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Great idea! I’m a big fan of bars. Cookies can sometimes be too time consuming! These look delicious. 🙂


  27. #
    Carolyn — February 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

    These look so fun and tasty!

  28. #
    Julie higgins — February 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    What a fun idea for sugar cookies! My kids would LOVE these!

  29. #
    The Mom Chef — February 21, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Perfect! I love sugar cookies but hate how time consuming they are. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Yours are beautiful.

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    Chris's Gourmet Fashion — February 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    My daughter’s dream cookies!

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    kitchenmorph — March 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

    hey these look so cool! i’m sure gonna make them for papa and mummy when i go home end of the month. you know, they’re diabetic, not much:P…so i need sth extremely attractive like this to tempt them with! muaahahaha

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    gina D — March 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I liked these bars, but wished I would have rolled out the dough first in the shape of the pan just to make sure that I evenly covered my pan with the dough, and two, I wish I wouldn’t haven’t baked them past 10 minutes to get that “golden brown” color. They ended up being dry. I’ll try it again next time and see. The frosting was to.die.for.

  33. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 22, 2011 at 1:12 am

    These look so cute and fun! I want frosting and sprinkles now.

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    Erica J — January 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

    hey there! i was wondering if there was a substitute for shortening ? i really wanna make these but I dont have any shortening! thanx Katrina!

  35. #
    Jennifer Leigh — January 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Those look really yummy!

  36. #
    Ellen — January 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

    These look delicious. Can’t wait to try them!

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    The Pink Giraffe — January 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    These are gorgeous! Can’t wait to try them.

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    Antoinette — February 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Can i still make thesee bars if i don’t have a belinder????

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      Katrina Bahl — February 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      You can mix these up in a bowl. By the end you may just need to ditch the spoon and get your hands messy- I’ve done it and have had no problems.

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    Karina — March 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    What will happen to the icing if I omit the shortening?

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