This post was most recently updated on February 18th, 2022
Bakery sugar cookie bars are buttery, soft, and melt in your mouth delicious! Frost with vanilla buttercream and add mini sprinkles and they are the perfect dessert to serve for any occasion! This post contains affiliate links.
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If you like our Bakery Style Sugar Cookie recipe you will LOVE these bars! They are so soft, buttery, and have just the right amount of almond and vanilla flavoring. We started making these in cookie bar form and they are so irresistible. Perfect for any holiday, but this robin’s egg frosting and mini egg sprinkles make them perfect for Easter. A pale yellow or lavender shade of frosting would be beautiful too!
Bakery Sugar Cookie Bars
These are so great to bring to parties. One sheet pan makes 40 bars, so there are plenty to share.
The combination of butter and shortening create the perfect texture. You can taste the hints of vanilla almond extract and they are rich with a buttery flavor. When made into bars they are even easier to make—no cutting or rolling out the dough! As an added bonus, you don’t need to chill the dough!
Frosting these sugar cookie bars couldn’t be simpler, just wait for the cookie crust to cool then spread with frosting. No special technique required and they turn out perfect every time.
Tips and frequently asked questions for making Sugar Cookie Bars:
Note: If you use salted butter, no additional salt is required. If you use unsalted butter, add 1 tsp. of salt in with your dry ingredients.
Tip: sprinkle dough with a small amount of flour as you are pressing into the pan to prevent it it from sticking to your hands.
Tip: when you cut the bars, use a sharp knife and clean the frosting off with a paper towel after each line of cutting. This makes for clean edges and beautiful sugar cookie bars when they come out of the pan.
Tip: Use an angled frosting spatula for perfect spreading!
Tip: I like using sheet pans instead of a casserole dish. These are my FAVORITE sheet pans to use for baking.
Can you use margarine instead of butter to make sugar cookie bars?
I don’t recommend using margarine in baking EVER. It just doesn’t produce the same results, but you could substitute it for the butter. Just don’t come back and give my recipe a negative review if they aren’t as soft. 😉
How many bars does this recipe make?
This recipe makes 40 bars.
Can you use store-bought frosting on the cookie bars?
Absolutely, but my vanilla frosting recipe is super easy and super delicious! I definitely recommend trying it!
How do you store sugar cookie bars?
Store the cookie bars in a container with a lid. You can also freeze them. They are best eaten the day they are made, but will stay delicious and fresh for 2-3 days.
Bakery Sugar Cookie Bars Printable Recipe
Bakery Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe
Sugar Cookie Dough
- 1 cup butter* room temperature
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 3 cup powdered sugar sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 Tbsp. milk
- food coloring (a few drops)
- In a large bowl combine butter, shortening, and sugar. Beat until fluffy (I use my stand mixer, but an electric hand mixer works great too).
- Add egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix.
- In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until a soft dough forms. Dough will be soft, but slightly crumbly.
- Scrape dough out of the bowl with a rubber spatula and press dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet/baking pan (13" x 18").
- Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
- Cool unfrosted bars completely.
- Mix frosting ingredients together until fluffy. Frost cooled cookie bars in an even layer and add sprinkles.
naomi winkel says
I need a quick and easy recipe for this Sundays Luncheon. I’m making this, it looks yummy
Made these today and they are quick and easy. A big hit with my family and much easier than making drop or rolled sugar cookies. I love almond and may add just a bit more next time.
Awesome! So glad you liked them!
Susan Keenan says
If some family members are allergic to tree nuts, can you substitute all vanilla for the almond extract? If so, is it the same amount of extract? Or would the combo of vanilla and maybe lemon extract be better?
Thanks! Susan K
Hi Susan! Yes, absolutely! The almond extract can be swapped out. I’d probably just use 1 T. of vanilla for the recipe.
I don’t want to use shortening. What’s an alternative?
Just use more butter.
I don’t see mention of food coloring for the frosting. I’m assuming you used blue. How much?
Hi Gina! Just a few drops. I used a few drops of blue and a drop of yellow for the robin’s egg blue color.
My buttercream always comes out grainy and I can figure that out. Any suggestions?
Rebecca Evans says
Hi! I am new to baking 🙂 Do I use self-rising flour or plain flour in your recipe? Thanks!
Hi Rebecca! Regular (all-purpose) flour works great!
Deb W says
Do you need to grease and flour your pan?
No, you can use an ungreased baking sheet. 🙂
Hi Brandy, would using parchment paper work as I don’t want knife marks on my cookie sheet. Is there another way to prevent scratching when cutting with a sharp knife as you suggest.
Hi Ronee! You can absolutely use parchment paper!
My bars came out so flat! I used the correct size pan. What did I do wrong?
They are fairly thin, slightly thicker than a sugar cookie. If they turned out thinner than that I’m not sure what could have gone wrong!
lori wooden says
Is the 1/2 cup of cornstarch measurement correct?
Monica Bolin says
Have you ever made these with only butter? I just can’t personally do shortening 😔
You can make them with all butter or use coconut oil instead of shortening.
Jennifer Hilton says
Just regular Crisco?
Could these be made with all butter? I don’t like shortening 🙂 thanks!
Hi Melissa! You can use all butter or use coconut oil instead of shortening. Might change the texture a little, but will still be delicious!
Sandra J. Bylsma says
Have you made these using GF flour? If so which brand?
I’ve never baked with Gf flour. I’m sorry!