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Sugar Cookie Bars adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


Easy Soft Sugar Cookie Bars



  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 large egg yolk (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1 stick of butter (room temperature)
  • 1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Food coloring (optional)



  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF
  2. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper hanging off the sides, so that you can easily lift the bars out of the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed (hand or stand mixer) until the butter is very creamy. About 2-3 minutes. Then add the in the sugar and beat until completely combined — another minute or two. Mix in the egg and egg yolk, vanilla extract. Stir at a high speed for 1 minute.
  5. Dump the flour mixture into the large bowl and stir on low-medium speed for about 1 minute, until combined.
  6. Press the dough in the prepared pan, taking care to make sure the dough is evenly spread across the pan.
  7. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Place the pan on a wire rack and let the bars cool in the pan.

Make the frosting!

  1. In a medium bowl, whip the butter on medium-high speed until creamy and smooth. Dump in the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, heavy cream and pinch of salt. Stir on low speed to moisten the mixture, then turn the mixer to high and whip the ingredients for another 2 or 3 minutes until smooth. If the frosting seems too firm, add heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. If you’re using food coloring, add it now and mix one final time.
  2. Remove completely cooled cookie bar from the pan.
  3. Decorate the bars! Either pipe the frosting onto the bars or spread a generous layer of frosting and sprinkles. Cut the bars and enjoy!