These sugar cookie bars have the flavor of holiday sugar cookies, but without all the work! Almond extract in the bars and frosting provide the classic sugar cookie flavor, and it’s all topped with festive sprinkles.
Sugar Cookie Bars
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature*
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Salt, to taste
- Sprinkles (optional, but encouraged!)
Sugar Cookie Bars
- Preheat oven to 350°F and prep an 8×8″ pan with aluminum foil, making sure that it hangs over the sides a bit.
- In a medium bowl, whisk to combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth and creamy, about a minute.
- Add sugar and beat again until fluffy and light in color, about another minute.
- Add egg, almond and vanilla extracts and beat again until combined.
- Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture a little at a time, mixing on the lowest speed. Increase speed a little if needed as the dough gets thicker.
- Press into prepared pan into an even layer – you may need to use your hands as it will be thick and sticky.
- Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top is just starting to turning lightly browned on the top. You want the bars to be soft, which means they’ll be a tad underbaked. Place pan on wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes, then lift the bars out of the pan by the edges of the aluminum foil and place directly on wire rack to cool completely.
- In a large bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed until creamy.
- Add powdered sugar, heavy cream, almond extract and vanilla extract and beat on low speed, increasing speed as powdered sugar incorporates. Beat until well combined and fluffy.
- Taste test and add salt to taste to cut the sweetness. If the frosting is too thick, add a little more cream and beat again to combine.
- Frost cooled bars with an icing spatula and top with sprinkles. Slice into 16 bars (4 rows of 4), serve and enjoy!
*Amount of egg: If you like a moist, but cakey texture, stick with 1 egg. If you prefer a chewier, richer bar, add 1 room temperature egg yolk as well.
Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: sugar cookie bars, frosted sugar cookie bars, festive cookie bars, christmas sugar cookie bars