Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

You know those frosted sugar cookies that you can buy at the grocery store? They are usually in the bakery section in a plastic container, two rows of cookies, about 10 or 12 altogether. Each season or holiday they come in different colors and are usually decorated with sprinkles. And they are so good. These bars remind me of those cookies. They aren’t exactly the same, but they put the same smile on my face as those cookies do! These would be fun for Valentine’s Day, Easter, a birthday or anytime.

I want to start by giving credit where credit is due. I don’t know for sure whose recipe this actually is, but here’s how I found it. I received it via a recipe email discussion list. That email gave credit to Mommy’s Kitchen, but no link was included. A quick google search brought me to this post on Mommy’s Kitchen. She had a link to Utah Mama. There’s no mention of where the recipe came from on Utah Mama’s blog, so maybe it’s hers, not sure.

I have seen sugar cookie bars on quite a few different food blogs, but none of those were this recipe. This recipe has cream cheese in it and so does the frosting. And it’s delicious!

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In case you are wondering why I go to such lengths to give credit whenever I can, it’s because I believe you should. I blog with integrity, and I think everyone should. I owe it to my readers, to those whose recipes I try, and to myself. I can only hope that others feel the same way. :)

NOTES: I followed the recipe on this, the only thing I did differently was add more powdered sugar to the frosting because mine was too thin. I also used 5 different colors of paste food coloring. I cut the pan into five sections first using my dough cutter, then frosted one section and added sprinkles. Then I frosted the second section and sprinkles, third section and sprinkles, etc. After all the frosting was added I cut the sections into bars, again using the dough cutter.

Frosted Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars
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1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 t almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

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1/2 cup butter softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I used 4 1/2 cups)
3-5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring or icing paste

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and egg until nice and frothy. About 4 minutes. Add the vanilla and almond extract and beat for 1 minute more.

In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix them around so that all ingredients are well incorporated. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat for about 2 minutes. Press the dough into a large jelly roll (cookie sheet) pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let the pan cool completely.

To make the frosting, in a medium sized bowl (or your stand mixer) combine the butter and cream cheese. Beat for about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring. Mix for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Frost your pan of cookies. Cut the cookies into bars and serve.

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  1. Laura says

    My husband would love these! I never let him by the grocery store cookies, so maybe I need to surprise him with these soon. Great colors!

  2. Cookie Madness says

    The picture makes me want to try them. Nice colors! Maybe you could do a St. Patrick's Day version with different shades of green and different green & white sprinkles.

  3. Fallon says

    I love the frosted sugar cookie bars. I've made them before from Recipe girl. Super easy and delicious to make. And I know about the ones you see at the grocery store… I can never just eat 1 of those. LOL

  4. Shelby says

    These are very eye catching! Love the colors….its making me think of spring which I just can't wait for since I'm waking up in below zero temps this morning (ugh).

  5. Kristen says

    As I was looking at this, I was thinking about all the time it would take to frost each one individually, but then seeing the pan with all of the colors, I breathed a sigh of relief. I love cookie bars (in fact, I have been put on a strict no cookie bar regime by my family for the next few weeks), but these are going on the list for the future. Come on over and link up to my Monday blog "Your recipe, My kitchen" where we feature recipes we have made from other blogs.

  6. Meaghan Luby says

    ZOMG! those cookies were so popular with my group of friends in high school that they were called "make out cookies" because they were supposed to be better then making out.

    …i know, super clever. but we were in high school, afterall. anyway! i am going to have to make these and dedicate it to the crew ASAP. thanks for posting, really! my gang will get a kick out of these ;)


  7. sugarswings says

    love the colors! and great way to make a big pan and frost with different colors in that….these are my recent fav…and lately been doing the same with brownies :)

  8. thecompletecookbook says

    I agree with you on the giving credit where it is due – it also makes people feel special and important when they are mentioned plus it creates a bigger blogging network.
    Your cookie bars look just perfect and I love your choice of colours for your frosting.
    :-) Mandy

  9. Sweet And Crumby says

    What a fabulous cookie for a kid's valentine's Day party in school. I wouldn't mind a plate of these either. Your cream cheese frosting sounds so much better than my typical sugar cookie glaze. YUM!

  10. says

    These look delish! And they look like spring! Which…since I have snow all around me, is a welcome sight to see!

    I am your newest follower! What a cute blog you have!

    I have a weekly Friday link party if you are interested in linking up, I'd love to have you!


  11. sheila @ Elements says

    They're just beautiful…and so festive!!! I'm sure your treats make everyone's eyes light up…not to mention make their mouths water! I know mine is! :)

  12. MrsJenB says

    I was attracted first to the colors in the photo – how did you know I was just dying to see pretty, spring colors right now? So lovely!

    And the recipe…! Sounds amazing! I'd love to make these for my sweetie for Valentine's Day! :-) And I'm sure he'd love them as well!

    Visiting from Tasty Tuesdays!

  13. alissa says

    What a delicious treat! I love the colors too. Reminds me of Spring.

    Thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesdays!

  14. Chris says

    Wow, these look fabulous. I've never seen anything like them. Must try! Thanks for sharing and for being so careful to give credit where it's due.

  15. Cindy ~ My Romantic Home says

    Those look so good! My daughter and I love those grocery store frosted sugar cookies so I'll have to try this sometime (when I'm not dieting)!

  16. Michelle @ Loving Every Second says

    I am making these as we speak! Can't wait to try them :)


  17. Sadie says

    MAKE THESE. I am not kidding, seriously one of the tastiest baked goods to ever come out of my kitchen! I'm so excited, they are sooo good. Didn't change the recipe at all and they turned out great.

  18. Anonymous says

    I really want to try this recipe but my husband is allergic to almonds. Should I just leave it out or do you think there is a good substitution?


  19. Laurie says

    I was goggling around looking for bar recipes. I had baked up a storm for a holiday part that I went to tonight. When I say this recipe at about 3:30pm…I couldn’t resist and since I had everything on hand (except some decorative sprinkles), I made a batch to bring to the party. They were easy to make and were a hit at the party. The only thing I might do is line the pan with parchment…longer than the pan so I can lift the cooked dough out and then frost and cut when it’s out of the pan. They did come out of the pan and looked fine, but I think that would help (me at least) neaten it up. Thank you so much for posting this. I rarely buy store bought cookies, but once a year, I buy those bakery ones that you cite in your write up….I will definitely make these again and think there’s a lot of fun to be had with decorating them for different seasons/holidays.


  20. roseann says

    hi, what size is your jelly roll pan? i have two jelly roll pans. one is 10×15 and the other is 12×17… which size did you use? i dont want to end up w bars that are too thick or too thin. id like em to turn out like yours!

  21. roseann says

    hi again. i followed the links to your ‘sources’ (although i truly am curious where this recipe actually came from! i really wish others were more like you and gave proper sources…) and it seems that i need to use the larger pan. wow, thats a lot of cookie bars!

  22. Laura says

    I made the cookie bars and they are super good (haven’t iced them yet), but I guess I was expecting more of a cookie texture instead of a cake/bar texture. Did I do something wrong, or are they supposed to be cakey?

    • says

      Hi Laura! They do come out a bit caked, but not super soft like a cake. Kind of in between. Once they are frosted and you bite into them, they should taste like a Lofthouse cookie :)

  23. Stephanie Moeller says

    Great idea. Working full-time and to tired at night to make the cut-outs this is perfect. I can’t wait to try them


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