Having a recipe like these Sugar Cookie Bars that’s super simple to put together, uses typical pantry staple ingredients, and bakes up quickly and perfectly every time is my kinda recipe!
These sugar cookie bars are chewy with a slightly crisp top and a super soft, tender interior. Colorful sprinkles add the finishing touch to these easy beauties, if you choose to add em in!
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What makes these the Perfect Sugar Cookie Bars?
When I was creating this recipe I was going for the following:
- use only (or mainly) pantry staples
- super tasty
- chewy and not cakey
With a couple of batches of practice, I finally nailed it with this recipe. I found this recipe to have the ideal ratio of granulated sugar to butter to flour to create that slightly crisp top with that perfectly chewy inside.
Omitting leavener such as baking soda or baking powder helps to contribute to the texture of these cookie bars. Adding them in would create more cakey sugar cookie bars, which was not on the list of criteria.
Frosted or Unfrosted Cookie Bars?
I choose not to frost these sugar cookie bars, but instead add sprinkles to the batter. I find that these are sweet but not overly sweet. And, in keeping with bullet point number one in my list above, I wanted to keep these super easy.
You can, of course, frost these if you’d like. Or, switch out the sprinkles for other types of mix-ins, such as nuts, chocolate, or candy. You can also try omitting the sprinkles or mix-ins altogether and go the purist route. The world is your oyster, I’m just hear to provide you the recipes!
Ingredients Needed to Make Sugar Cookie Bars
To make these sugar cookie bars, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
- Granulated Sugar
- 1 Large Egg + 1 Large Egg Yolk
- Vanilla Extract
- All-Purpose Four
- Sprinkles (optional, but highly recommended!)
Tips for Making Sugar Cookie Bars
- The best part about these sugar cookie bars is their texture. To maintain that chewy texture and just a hint of crispness on top, I recommend baking these just until they look baked and no more. This means, the edges are just starting to turn golden brown and the center no longer looks wet. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool in the pan, so they continue baking for another couple of minutes
- If you do, however, want cakey sugar cookie bars, I suggest baking these for an additional 5 minutes longer to achieve that texture
- Let these sugar cookie bars be your canvas for creating fun mix-in combos! Feel free to leave out the sprinkles if you’re a purist or add in other mix-ins in equal amounts, such as nuts, chocolate, leftover Halloween or Easter candy. Have fun with them!
Useful Kitchen Tools for Making Sugar Cookie Bars
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Looking for more cookie bar recipes? Give these a try:
- Chocolate Chip Blondies
- Brown Butter Blondies with Salted Caramel Buttercream
- Biscoff Blondies
- Sweet & Salty Brown Butter Blondies
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