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Sugar Cookie Bars

Great for any occasion!


Cookie Bar Ingredients:

  • 2 cups real butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles (optional)

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients (optional):

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Cookie Bar Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a half sheet baking sheet. 
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 
  • Add eggs, vanilla extract and almond extract.  Mix.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  • If adding sprinkles into the cookie bars, add now and mix well.  This is totally optional.
  • Press the dough into the baking sheet.  Don't worry about some bumpiness.  Frosting will cover it.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden brown.   Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Instructions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and butter until combined.
  • Add the milk a bit at a time until desired consistency is reached. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.  If too thick, add more milk.
  • If desired, add a few drops of food coloring.


  • Once the cookie bars are cool, cover with frosting and sprinkle (if desired).  Cut into squares.


The frosting is optional.  In fact, I usually don't make it.  The bars are wonderful as is and without the frosting, they're easier to eat!