These Sugar Cookie Bars are a great way to make sugar cookies for a crowd. No rolling, no cutting out. These Sugar Cookie Bars are a great way to make sugar cookies for a crowd.
I love getting recipes from readers. I feel like if someone takes the time to email you a recipe, they must really love it.
I have acquired quite a few recipes over the last couple of months and I’m determined to try all of them as time and my thighs allow it.
BreeAnn emailed me this a while ago and I finally tried them and loved them. It seems like I’ve seen them bouncing across the food blogs a ton just recently so I may not be the first but here’s my go at them.
They are dangerously easy and great for holiday themed cookies or baby showers with half of the effort! No rolling and frosting individual Sugar Cookies.
Someone couldn’t wait for me to chill these and dug right in…
They should be less work although my kids were being high maintenance and wanted half yellow, half pink…and half normal icing, half almond flavored frosting. I actually preferred the almond frosting.

Sugar Cookie Bars

4.62 from 18 votes
Sometimes dishing out cookie dough gets old fast. Pressing your dough into bars is quick and easy, and these sugar cookie bars are wonderful!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20 servings


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, optional


  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • food coloring, if desired


  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla and almond extract and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder and stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased baking sheet or parchment lined sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan). Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean (they won't look done so do the toothpick test). Cool completely and frost.

For the frosting:

  • Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla, almond extract, and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk if needed. Spread over cooled cookie bars.


Source: BreeAnn Fankhauser
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
 These Sugar Cookie Bars are a great way to make sugar cookies for a crowd.