Amazing sugar cookie bars


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One of my all time favorite desserts is sugar cookies. Topped with spoonfuls of frosting, of course. I could eat frosting straight out of the bowl. Okay, let’s be honest…. I DO eat frosting straight from the bowl. ;) Mmm…

Okay back to sugar cookies. I believe there are two ingredients that make a good sugar cookie: sour cream and powdered sugar. Two things you would never think about… but trust me, those ingredients make all the difference. The sour cream keeps the dough moist and the powdered sugar makes the dough fluffy. These sugar cookie bars I’m sharing today turned out so good! Seriously! I had to give them away FAST, or else I would have devoured the whole pan. The nice thing about these sugar cookie bars is they are half the work and taste just as good. The frosting is also one of my favorites! Did I mention that part? ;) These really are perfect for any holiday treat.

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Amazing sugar cookie bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookie bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 208 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

Amazing sugar cookie bars - One of my all time favorite desserts that's topped with spoonfuls of frosting!



For the Sugar Cookie Bars:

  • 2 1/2 cup baking flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 egg

For the Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp half and half
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • Orange food coloring (optional)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a medium. sized bowl. Set aside.

  2. With a mixer combine butter, sugar and powder sugar until fluffy (about 3 minutes). Pour in vanilla, eggs and sour cream and mix until combined. Then pour dry ingredients in this bowl and mix until combined.

  3. Place mixture in a buttered 9×13 glass pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not over cook.

  4. For frosting, combine ingredients in large bowl and beat with a mixer for 2 minutes, or until fluffy. :)

Nutrition Facts
Amazing sugar cookie bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Potassium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 22g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5.4%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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44 comments on “Amazing sugar cookie bars”

  1. Mmmmm, I love frosting, so naturally these look delish to me!

  2. I am so going to make these!

  3. Jamielyn, you’re seriously making me gain back any weight I’ve lost recently… Great recipe!

  4. These look fantastic… my MIL makes iced sugar cookies that are to die for and these remind me of them… yum!

  5. Quick question….I’m assuming that you combine steps all the ingredients from steps one and two,before pouring into pan, correct? Also, do you mix the frosting by hand or with a mixer? Thanks!

  6. Alyssa McVey (Giveaway Overload) Reply

    Oh my goodness. I know what I’m doing tomorrow! These look so good. Sugar cookies are my weakness. In a bar? That’s just dangerous. Thanks!

  7. Looks like Heaven!!

  8. I think I would like these bars better than cookies b/c I like SOFT sugar cookies, and they get crunchy around the edges…thanks!

  9. I was wondering… do you have to use the orange extract? I’m not a fan of orange. Without the orange would they taste more like traditional sugar cookies? Also, do you frost them in the pan or after you cut them? Thanks! Carey

  10. These look delish, thanks for the recipe! Would this recipe work for rolling out the dough and making cut-outs?

  11. These look delicious! I love baking cookies, but when the toddler is afoot, I hate opening and closing the oven that much to change batches. Bar cookies are the perfect answer, and I can’t wait to try these!

  12. WAYYYY easier than rolling and cookie-cutting and repeating the process again and again. Thanks for the time-saving recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  13. I just made these and they are delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe! I’m nursing and my baby can’t handle me eating chocolate (which makes me crave it so much), so these hit the spot.

  14. These look and sound great but I’m from the UK and don’t know what ‘half and half’ is? Can anyone explain please?
    Many thanks

  15. First, the cookies were awesome. With that said I’d like to leave a comment for novices such as myself. First time around I had baking flour and they turned out perfect for cut out cookies. Kept their shape extremely well. Second batch I used all purpose flour; big mistake. Not only did I accidentally have to double it but I couldn’t pinpoint why it kept sticking terribly to the parchment paper. Needless to say…LESSON LEARNED. Use baking flour. Great recipe. =°)

    • What is baking flour, I mean, what makes it different from all purpose or cake flour?

      • The main difference among flour types is in the gluten content, which varies depending on whether the flour is made from hard wheat or soft wheat. All purpose flour works great too. :)

      • so is all purpose flour is what you used?

    • Thank you so much!!! I could not understand where I went wrong because these were not good!!! I used all purpose flour!!!!!! I will be making this again!!!!!!

  16. Hi. In the frosting ingredients it lists “1/2 t vanilla” is this 1/2 tsp vanilla extract?

  17. Hi, could you tell me what TB half and half is?

  18. Absolutely delicious! Made them four times so far–any time I have to bring a dessert somewhere, I make these! So easy and yummy!

  19. I had a major issue with the batter being way too thick! I couldn’t spread it out in the 13×9 pan. They taste great but they look awful-all lumpy and uneven on top :( Has anyone else had that issue or did I do something wrong?

    • I’m sorry you had trouble with it! You could have added a little too much flour, everyone measures flour differently. Try adding 1/4 cup less flour next time. Also, make sure to pat it down with your fingers to avoid lumpiness! :)

  20. Jamie,  
    This is a question…I was looking at the Amazing Sugar Cookie Bar recipe and it calls for baking Flour. What is Baking Flour?  Is it different than all purpose or cake flour?


    P.s.  Love your page I heart  nap time. 

  21. We have a Halloween party to go to, and guess what I am bringing?  That delicious looking Pumpkin Dip!

    Thanks Jamielyn

  22. Since “baking flour” is a category, not a flour type, what kind do you actually use? Cake flour? Pastry flour? (I’m guessing you’re not using self-rising flour since there’s also baking powder in the recipe.) Thanks…

  23. Okay, thanks!

  24. Can these be frozen?

    • Hi Jo! The cookie dough can be frozen, but I’m concerned defrosting frozen cooked and frosted cookies wouldn’t be as tasty due to the ice crystals that would form.

  25. I have misplaced my sugar cookie bar recipe and have looked everywhere ! I am a fanatic at HAVING to find what I am looking for and can’t rest until I find it . I have looked all over the house and wasted so much time online lol
    Your recipe is THE closest I have found to mine. I am going to make right away !
    Thank you thank you ! I will let you know the results ! I am sure they will be great and u bet my recipe will magically appear also 😉

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