Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

5 from 1 vote

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These soft and chewy Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars melt in your mouth. They taste like Lofthouse sugar cookies.Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars. Super soft and chewy, these Lofthouse style bars melt in your mouth and are so easy to make. www.justsotasty.com

I absolutely love sugar cookies. Especially the soft, melt in your mouth variety with a thick layer of frosting.

You know…. the kind you buy at the grocery store a la Lofthouse??? (No, I’m not afraid to admit loving store-bought cookies).

Unfortunately, most of the time I can’t be bothered to make my own sugar cookies though. The process of making the dough, chilling it, rolling it out, cutting it into tiny little shapes, and painstakingly decorating each cookie is an entire afternoon process.

And frankly – a lot of work that really tests my patience.Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars. Super soft and chewy, these Lofthouse style bars melt in your mouth and are so easy to make. www.justsotasty.com

This my friends, is why we’re making Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars. They’re deliciously soft with a thick layer of creamy frosting and 1000X easier than making cut-out sugar cookies.

(Ok – maybe 1000X is a bit of an exaggeration….) But these are absolutely delicious. Plus there’s no dough chilling and no need to tirelessly decorate 30 cookies.

Instead we make our dough and bake it in an 8×8 inch pan, frost the entire thing with creamy buttercream, then cut into bars. Way less work and so tasty.Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars. Super soft and chewy, these Lofthouse style bars melt in your mouth and are so easy to make. www.justsotasty.com

The gorgeous sprinkles I use are from Sweetapolita and my absolute favorite because they make everything look pretty, even if you aren’t an expert decorator.

Ok – now onto the details of our recipe.

The sugar cookie bars are super soft for a few reasons.

  1. We’re starting with real butter.
  2. Adding a little cream cheese keeps them extra soft.
  3. Then cornstarch and cream of tartar makes them melt-in-your mouth.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars. Super soft and chewy, these Lofthouse style bars melt in your mouth and are so easy to make. www.justsotasty.comThe flavor is buttery with a hint of vanilla and almond extract for the perfect soft sugar cookie taste.

Then the best part: the creamy, smooth frosting. No hard, overly sweet royal icing here. Just super smooth, fluffy, creamy buttercream style frosting.

I like to add a little cream cheese to the frosting to cut the sweetness. It isn’t enough to taste like cream cheese frosting, but it adds delicious creaminess and keeps the frosting not too sweet. Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars. Super soft and chewy, these Lofthouse style bars melt in your mouth and are so easy to make. www.justsotasty.com

If you love Lofthouse cookies or sugar cookies that are soft and chewy  – or if you just don’t have the time to make cut-out sugar cookies – these frosted sugar cookie bars are the perfect thing.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars. Super soft and chewy, these Lofthouse style bars melt in your mouth and are so easy to make. www.justsotasty.com
5 from 1 vote

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

These soft and chewy sugar cookie bars melt in your mouth. With creamy frosting - they'll remind you of Lofthouse cookies, only they're way easier to make. 
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 squares
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Ingredients 

For the Sugar Cookie Bars

  • 1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, , spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, , softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, , softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, , softened to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, , softened to room temperature
  • 2 to 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar, , sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • food coloring, , optional
  • sprinkles

Instructions 

Make the Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking pan with aluminium foil and grease lightly with non-stick cooking spray or butter. 
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt. Set aside
  • In a separate large bowl using a stand or hand-held electric mixer on medium speed beat together the butter, cream cheese and sugar until evenly combined and no lumps remain. Add in the egg, vanilla and almond extract and continue beating until combined. Then turn down the mixer to low speed and carefully beat in the flour mixture about 1/2 at a time until mixed. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. 
  • Spread the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 22-25 minutes or until the top is set and the sides are just beginning to pull away from the edges of the pan. Allow to cool fully before frosting. 

Make the Frosting

  • In a medium bowl using a stand or hand-held electric mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese until evenly combined and no lumps remain. Turn the mixer down to low speed and carefully beat in 2 cups of powdered sugar and the vanilla. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and beat in the whipping cream 1 tablespoon at a time, adding an additional 1/2 cup of powdered sugar as necessary to get the desired sweetness level and consistency. The frosting should be smooth and thinner than the consistency of peanut butter. Finally beat in the optional food colouring about 2 drops at a time.
  • Remove the bars from the pan, and frost with a flat-edged knife. Optionally decorate with sprinkles and cut into bars. 

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal
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