Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars. Soft and chewy sugar cookie bars with a sweet cream cheese frosting.  The perfect sugar cookie bar recipe! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword sugar cookie bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Author Modern Honey


  • 1 cup Butter (softened)
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 large Egg Yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup Butter (softened)
  • 8 ounce Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream or Whole Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract (or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whip together butter, cream cheese, and sugar for 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. 

  2. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and whip for 1 minute longer.  

  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix just until combined. Press sugar cookie dough into a 9 x 13 baking pan (I use an aluminum pan). You may use parchment paper on the bottom of the pan for easy removal. 

  4. Bake for 24-28 minutes. Watch carefully because you want them to be slightly underdone as they will firm up as they cool. Set aside to cool. 

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese for 2-3 minutes. Add powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla extract and whip for 2-3 more minutes. Fold in food coloring, if using.  

  2. Spread over cooled sugar cookie bars. Cut into squares and serve.