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3 sugar cookie bars with pink frosting stacked on top of each oth

Sugar Cookie Bars

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  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16-20 bars (depending on size) 1x


Yummy sugar cookies in bar form topped with a delicious sour cream frosting . . .so simple to make.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Sour Cream Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • Half-n-half or milk (if needed to get to desired consistency)
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Sprinkles, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, almond extract (if using) and sour cream. Mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Press into a greased 9×13 pan.
  4. Bake for 14 to 17 min or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. (Do not over bake!).  Cool completely before frosting.


  1. Cream together butter and sour cream, vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar. and mix until smooth. (Add half-n-half or milk if needed to get your frosting to the desired consistency. I like mine on the thick side so I usually don’t add any half & half). Add food coloring, if using. Spread evenly over cooled sugar cookie bars and sprinkle with sprinkles, if desired


UPDATED 10/20/2018 – I used to make these in a large cookie sheet, but after making them several times and deciding I don’t usually need that many cookies, I’ve adjusted the recipe to make them in a 9×13 pan. If you need a larger batch, you can always double it and divide it among two 9×13 pans or use a large cookie sheet (17×12 or 18×13).

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Cuisine: American