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Sugar Cookie Bars
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Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars taste just like sugar cookies but are so much easier to make. A soft, tender, and buttery sugar cookie dough is topped by a yummy buttercream. Scatter some sprinkles on top for a festive look.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 20


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk or half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9x13-inch pan with foil and lightly grease it. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add egg, sour cream and both extracts. At this point the mixture may look curdled. That is ok.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low, add flour mixture and mix just until incorporated.
  • Transfer dough to prepared pan and press evenly into pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. It will look a little undercooked, but it will continue to cook some after you remove it from the oven. Let cool.
  • Make frosting. Beat butter and powdered sugar until mixed well. Add extracts and milk and beat until smooth and creamy. 
  • Spread frosting on cooled bars. Sprinkle with sprinkles.


I use salted butter unless otherwise noted