These Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars are a delicious and easy-to-make treat recipe! The basic sugar cookie base is topped with a sweet and fluffy buttercream frosting and sprinkles – it’s the perfect kid friendly dessert that the whole family will love!
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You guys, it’s taken me more than 2 years to share these Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars with you and it’s about time!! This was actually the very first recipe I ever tried after joining Pinterest so many years ago. I had a family function to attend, I’d just had a baby a month before and I needed a quick dessert to make. I executed my very first Pinterest search and these Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars were the winner!
I originally found the recipe on High Heels and Grills but I’ve made it several times throughout the years and put my own spin on it, changing a few of the ingredient amounts to make them even softer and chewier and the frosting just a bit fluffier. And of course, I add sprinkles to mine because when you’re making a dessert with THIS much sugar in it, what’s a few more little balls of sugar on top, am I right?
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Truth be told, I have never actually made these just for fun to keep around the house (I’m not that crazy…) – I’ve only ever made them for parties and gatherings and, of course, for sharing with friends and family. My kids love to help me make these Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars (which is why these ones are pink…I have 2 pink-loving girls) and because you can colour the icing any shade you desire, they’re perfect for any season! Try them in green for St. Patrick’s Day, in red and pink for Valentine’s Day, orange and black for Halloween, or even in Red and Green for Christmas!
I just love how simple this recipe is – the sugar cookie base is so soft and chewy even after it cools and the frosting is so soft and fluffy, thanks to the addition of a little bit of whipping cream instead of milk. This is in no way a light dessert…make no mistake, these Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars are ultra sweet and indulgent so they’re perfect for parties and special occasions. And they are SO unbelievably delicious you’ll probably have trouble stopping at just one. Trust me!
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I really hope you like this Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars recipe as much as we do! Let me know in the comments below, what’s your favourite family friendly dessert recipe? Please share it with me in the comments!
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Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars
These Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars feature a tender sugar cookie base topped with fluffy frosting and sprinkles!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons full fat sour cream
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
For the frosting:
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons whipping cream
- a splash vanilla extract
- a pinch sea salt
- food colouring if desired
- sprinkles if desired
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch rectangular baking pan with butter.
- In a large bowl using a hand mixer or in the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on high speed for several minutes until they're creamed together (fluffy and smooth and pale in colour).
- Beat in the sour cream, egg, and vanilla extract until well incorporated.
Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix on low speed just until combined. The mixture may appear slightly crumbly but this is totally normal.
Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan with your hands or a flat kitchen object like the bottom of a measuring cup.
Bake the sugar cookie base at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 16-17 minutes, making sure that no browning occurs on the edges. If the edges start to brown, remove the base from the oven immediately.
Let the sugar cookie base cool completely to room temperature while you make the frosting.
In a large bowl using a hand mixer, or in the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the butter on high speed until it's ultra smooth and pale in colour.
Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until it's well incorporated.
While the mixer is running, add the whipping cream in a steady stream until the desired consistency is reached (spreadable, but not too thin). You may only need to add 4 or 5 tablespoons of whipping cream.
Add the vanilla and sea salt and food colouring and whip on high speed until the frosting becomes light and fluffy (about 4-5 minutes).
Spread the frosting over the completely cooled sugar cookie base and top with sprinkles.
Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before slicing to allow the icing to set (this will create clean slices).
These bars keep at room temperature in an airtight container for several days (although they're so delicious they probably won't last that long!).
Store them in the fridge for a few days before serving if you wish (in an airtight container).