Sugar cookie bars are sweet and scrumptious, thanks to a thick layer of buttercream icing. The icing and the sprays can be matched to any celebration you have actually prepared!

Recipe Summary.

Why you’ll enjoy it: The bars are simple to make and enjoyable to embellish.

The length of time it takes: 1 hour
Devices you’ll require: mixer, bowl, 9 x 13 pan
Portions: 24, depending upon how you cut them

Cookie bars with pink frosting, viewed from above.

Plainly I’m consumed with vanilla: vanilla bean whipped cream cheese, vanilla buttercream icing, almond vanilla granola, vanilla bean whipped butter, homemade vanilla pudding, homemade vanilla ice cream– vanilla, vanilla, vanilla!

I understand I’m not alone in my fixation with vanilla. Vanilla is a baker’s good friend due to the fact that it includes a sweet warm taste to practically any baked excellent, from cookies to muffins. Vanilla is likewise a popular aroma for candle lights, air fresheners, and body care items.

I simply enjoy seeing those little specks of vanilla in whatever I’m consuming. It’s practically a guarantee that whatever you will take into your mouth is going to taste fantastic.

So, what about these cookie bars? The buttery sugar cookie base is seasoned with vanilla bean paste, however I do not stop there. The abundant velvety icing layer is likewise highly improved by more vanilla bean paste. These soft and chewy dessert bars have enough vanilla goodness to please everybody!

What is Vanilla Bean Paste?

Vanilla bean paste is a sweetened mix of vanilla extract and vanilla beans. The consistency is rather like honey, more of a syrup than a paste, and there show up vanilla bean flecks.

Vanilla bean paste can be found in tubes or plastic containers. It’s generally offered in the baking aisle by the other vanilla items.

  • Easy to make: Bar cookies need less effort and time to bake than private batches of cookies. The active ingredient list is brief and fundamental: flour, powdered sugar, butter, and so on. And vanilla, naturally!
  • Enjoyable and joyful: These sweet deals with can be tailored to fit any celebration, from birthdays to Christmas to Halloween. Timeless white with pearly sprays is best for bridal showers, green icing with red sprays for Christmas, orange frosting with chocolate jimmies for Halloween, and so on. All it takes is a capture of gel food coloring and colored sprays.
  • Crowd-pleasing: Everybody enjoys these sweet deals with! Cookie bars are generally a huge frosted vanilla cookie.
Three cookie bars with vanilla bean frosting stacked on each other.

What You’ll Require

  • Butter: Constantly utilize saltless (sweet) butter for baking. You’ll require a cup of butter for the bars and an extra 1/3 cup for the icing. That’s somewhat less 3 sticks of butter.
  • Powdered Sugar (Confectioner’s Sugar): Both the cookie base and the icing are made with carefully ground powdered sugar rather of granulated sugar for the best texture and consistency.
  • All-Purpose Flour: I generally utilize natural flour due to the fact that it isn’t processed as much. Bleached flour is lighter in color and is completely appropriate.
  • Vanilla Bean Paste: See the note above for additional information about vanilla bean paste. If you choose, you can replace pure vanilla extract or scrapings of a vanilla bean, on a 1:1 basis (see Nielsen Massey, seller of vanilla items).
  • Eggs: Just the yolks are utilized for the cookie bars; cool the whites for another usage.
  • Milk or Cream: A number of tablespoons are required to provide the icing a smooth spreadable consistency.
  • Gel Food Coloring, Sprays: If you wish to embellish the cookies, make certain to have these products on hand. It’s optional; the cookies are fantastic unadorned too.
Ingredients needed or cookie bars on left, frosting on right.

Vanilla bean cookie bars include 2 layers: a vanilla cookie base that is baked and cooled, and a thick buttercream icing layer. (Obviously, if you choose, you can make a no icing sugar cookie bar.)

Cookie Layer:

Begin by pre-heating the oven and prepping the pan. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan gently with nonstick spray, then line the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang. Gently spray the paper-lined pan once again.

Parchment paper lined baking pan being sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Cream the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla utilizing a hand mixer on medium speed. The mix ought to be fluffy and light colored. Include the egg yolks; beat once again till integrated.

Include the flour and salt; beat or stir simply till the flour is integrated into the cookie dough.

Put the dough into the ready pan. Spread it out equally to the edges, utilizing your fingertips.

Cookie dough being pressed into pan.

Bake for 20 minutes. Eliminate the pan from the oven and set it on a cooling rack. Let the bottom layer cool totally prior to frosting.

Baked cookie bars without frosting.

Frosting Layer:

Integrate the icingingredients Utilizing a hand mixer, beat the mix till it’s light and fluffy. Tint with gel food coloring as wanted. Take care, a bit goes a long method! Spread out the icing equally on the cooled cookie base.

Include sprays instantly. If you wait, the icing will solidify somewhat on the top and the sprays will not stick. Chill the bars in the freezer or fridge prior to cutting into squares.

Light pink frosting with multi-colored sprinkles.

To cut the bars, raise them out of the pan, utilizing the parchment paper manages. Utilize a sharp knife to cut the bars into even squares.

Sugar cookie bars cut into squares.

Tips For Success

  • Soften the butter: Take the butter out of the fridge a minimum of an hour ahead of time to soften. Ice cold butter will not mix well with the otheringredients If you forget to soften the butter ahead of time, microwave it at extremely low power (10%) in one minute increments till it’s soft enough, however not melted.
  • Determine the flour properly: Constantly utilize a flour scoop or big spoon to fill the determining cup. Level the cup utilizing a straight edge (such as a butter knife) to get rid of the excess. Do not utilize the determining cup to scoop the flour out of the storage container or shake the cup to level the flour.
  • Do not overbake the bars: Understanding when cookie bars are done can be a little more difficult than typical cookies. You do not wish to overbake a cookie bar due to the fact that they solidify as they cool. How do you understand when cookie bars are done? Inspect to see if they are embeded in the middle (company, not gooey) and golden brown around the edges.
  • Cool the cookie base totally prior to frosting it: This is truly crucial! If you put the icing on while the cookie base is still warm, the icing will melt and become a gooey mess! It’s not quite.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the distinction in between sugar cookies and shortbread?

The ingredients are generally the exact same however the ratio varies.
Sugar cookies have greater percentage of flour than shortbread, and less butter. Cut-out cookies are sugar cookies. Attempt my recipe for sugar cookies!
A shortbread cookie consists of less sugar however has more butter, and is extremely tender. The dough is typically rolled into a log and cut into pieces to bake. Attempt my among my piece and bake cookies (I have more than 10 recipes!).

Cookie bar with pink frosting, bite taken out of it to show texture.

Storage Tips

Should you cool cookie bars? The buttercream icing can soften and even melt a bit if your cooking area is hot. The bars will keep at space temperature level however I certainly suggest refrigeration for longer storage. They’ll keep for approximately a week in a resealable container.

Freezing: Sugar cookie bars can be frozen for approximately 3 months in an airtight container. They are a relatively tough cookie that makes them perfect for longer storage. Put parchment paper or waxed paper in between the layers if you stack them.

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Sugar cookie bars with pink frosting and sprinkles, stacked three high.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Prepare Time: 14 minutes

Chilling Time: 30 minutes

Overall Time: 59 minutes

24 bars

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Sugar cookie bars are sweet and scrumptious, thanks to a thick layer of buttercream icing. The icing and the sprays can be matched to any celebration you have actually prepared!


  • Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. Prepare a 9 × 13 inch pan by spraying it gently with baking spray, lining with parchment paper and spraying once again.

  • Include butter, sugar and vanilla bean (or paste) to big blending bowl. Cream together utilizing an electrical hand mixer, on medium speed. Include egg yolks and blend well. Include the flour and salt; mix simply till a dough types.

  • Press the dough equally into the bottom of the ready pan.

  • Bake for 20 minutes or till company and no longer glossy on top. Eliminate and let cool totally on a cake rack.

  • On the other hand, integrate all of the icing ingredients in medium blending bowl; whip till fluffy. Tint with gel food coloring if wanted.

  • Spread the icing over the cooled cookie base and instantly leading with sprays.

  • Chill in the freezer for a minimum of thirty minutes prior to slicing into bars and serving.


  • The icing can be tinted with gel food coloring, or left as is. Embellish with wanted sprays or jimmies.
  • Alternative to vanilla bean paste: You can utilize pure vanilla extract or include the seeds scraped from one vanilla bean as a replacement, on a 1:1 basis (1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste= 1 tablespoon vanilla extract= 1 vanilla bean).

Nutrition Info

Serving: 1 bar, Calories: 215 kcal, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 11 g, Hydrogenated Fat: 7 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 0.4 g, Cholesterol: 43 mg, Salt: 52 mg, Potassium: 19 mg, Fiber: 0.3 g, Sugar: 19 g, Vitamin A: 338 IU, Calcium: 8 mg, Iron: 1 mg

This site offers approximate nutrition info for benefit and as a courtesy just. Nutrition information is collected mostly from the USDA Food Structure Database, whenever readily available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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