Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars.

Soft and chewy sugar cookie bars loaded with extra sprinkles and topped with thick vanilla frosting. And more sprinkles… of course.

Frosted sugar cookie bars with delicious vanilla frosting and lots of birthday cake sprinkles! Recipe on

These gorgeous pastel sugar cookie bars are about 5 years in the making. I’ve been dying to make sugar cookie bars with light ‘n sweet frosting for ages now. And I finally got around to it this past weekend. Let’s just call it my TV celebration treat. 🙂

In all their soft-baked, mile high frosting, sprinkles-to-the-max goodness… I can honestly say that these charming little treats were well worth the wait. I mean, just look at ’em.

The frosting is as thick as the cookie!! Have mercy.

Frosted sugar cookie bars with delicious vanilla frosting and lots of birthday cake sprinkles! Recipe on

Today’s recipe is as soft as my favorite soft-baked cookie, as chewy as my favorite blondie, and as sprinkly as my entire cookbook. You’ll find sprinkles in the cookie bar base AND on top of the frosting. Is there such a thing as too many sprinkles? Because I’m pretty sure we test those limits here on my blog.

To make the frosted sugar cookie bars ultra soft, I add a touch of cornstarch. Trust me on this! Think about it: often used as a thickening agent, cornstarch gives your gravy, pie fillings, soups, and glazes a more bodied and full texture. The same goes for your cookie dough – cornstarch will help your dough remain soft, thick, and puffy during the baking process. The small 1.5 teaspoons used is certainly a heavy lifter in this recipe!

To make the cookie bars ultra chewy, I add an extra egg yolk. I do this with a few of my cookie recipes because that little extra yolk adds so much moisture, tenderness, and chew to the cookie. And it does the same thing to the sugar cookie bar base in this recipe. You’re going to love their rich, tender texture.

Frosted sugar cookie bars with delicious vanilla frosting and lots of birthday cake sprinkles! Recipe on

What’s great about this recipe is that you don’t have to chill the cookie dough. Just press the dough into the pan and bake right away. Bake the bars in a square baking pan – 8 inch or 9 inch is fine. Only about 25 minutes. You want to slightly underbake the cookie bars in order to avoid the edges from getting too crispy and brown.

Allow the bars to cool completely before frosting. This will feel like an eternity.

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If you’re the kind of person who eats cake just for the frosting, you’re going to love this recipe. And we would also get along very well. I may or may not have eaten the frosting off this cake before actually getting to the cake underneath. Uh, can you blame me?

You’ll use my basic vanilla frosting recipe for these bars. Classic, fluffy, and simple. I like to add a touch of salt to cut the frosting’s sweetness. With the sweet sugar cookie bar underneath, that tiny pinch of salt will help tame a sugar rush. Don’t get me wrong, these bars are still plenty sweet! Don’t bring them to your dentist.

And as you can see, the frosting layer is just as thick as the cookie layer. In some spots, even thicker – those were the best bites. The frosting recipe as written makes a ton, so don’t be afraid to frost the bars with a heavy hand.

Don’t want that much frosting? It’s ok, I forgive you. Feel free to halve the frosting recipe.

Frosted sugar cookie bars with delicious vanilla frosting and lots of birthday cake sprinkles! Recipe on

Ordinary ingredients can produce extraordinary desserts. Only simple, straightforward items used in this recipe and yet, the results will blow your mind!

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars


  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk1
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) spoon & leveled all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup (80g) rainbow sprinkles (not nonpareils)2

Vanilla Frosting

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (270g) confectioners' sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream or half-and-half3
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt, to taste


  • food coloring for frosting (I used 1 drop red for this pink frosting)
  • extra sprinkles for decorating on top


  1. Make the bars: Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, making sure to leave enough overhang on the sides. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Get it nice and smooth, then add the sugar on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough is quite thick. Once combined, gently fold in 1/2 cup sprinkles using a rubber spatula (or by mixing on low speed).
  4. Press the cookie dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 25-26 minutes or until very lightly browned on top. You want the cookie bars to be extra soft, so careful not to overbake. Allow the bars to cool completely on a wire rack at room temperature before frosting. The center will slightly sink - that's normal.
  5. Make the frosting: If you don't want a super thick layer of frosting as pictured, halve the frosting recipe. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy - about 2 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, cream, and vanilla extract with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes. Add more confectioners' sugar if frosting is too thin or more cream if frosting is too thick. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet. I usually add anywhere between 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Beat in food coloring, if using.
  6. Remove cooled bars from the baking pan using the aluminum foil overhang on the sides. Frost the bars with a thick layer of frosting and decorate with extra sprinkles if desired. Cut into squares. Use a very sharp knife and wipe off with a paper towel between each cut to make neat, even cuts. Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days and in the refrigerator up to 5.

Make ahead tip: You can make these bars and the frosting 1 day in advance-- store the bars, covered, at room temperature overnight and store the frosting, covered, in the refrigerator. Frost before cutting and serving. You can also freeze the unfrosted bars for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, frost, cut, and serve.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Room temperature egg and egg yolk preferred. To bring the egg to room temperature quickly, place in a warm glass of water for about 10 minutes as you get the other ingredients ready. Or just set out when you set out the butter to soften 1 hour ahead of time.
  2. Use regular sprinkles (aka "jimmies") in the cookie bar base. Nonpareils (the little balls) will bleed their color and turn the sugar cookie dough green/purple/brown. I order my sprinkles in bulk here.
  3. Cream or half-and-half is preferred for creamiest, fluffiest frosting. Keeping that in mind, milk would be an OK substitute if you do not have either on hand.

Larger batch: You can double this recipe and bake in a 9x13 pan; the bake time is about 35 minutes.

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  1. lisa g. on June 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Wow those look good! I was thinking of baking the cookie, then sprinkling chocolate heath toffee bits on top while its still warm. Then after the cookie cools I would spread a no-bake cheesecake filling on top. And if feeling nawty maybe more choc toffee bits to finish it off. Then fridge it until cold and set. What do you think?

  2. Holly on June 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    These were delish! I added just a touch of raspberry extract to the frosting and it was delightful! I will be making these again for sure! Thank you for sharing! 

  3. Kiersten on July 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I am going to try these! They look so yummy!! Question, will the flat sprinkles work okay in the dough?

    • Sally on July 3, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Yes, definitely!

  4. Neha on July 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Sally

    Do you just use a spatula to apply the frosting on the cookies?
    These look so pretty!!

  5. Keshia on July 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I use this site to find recipes all the time. I recently ventured off to another site and made a recipe similar to this. I was very disappointed in it. The recipes on this site never let me down. This recipe turned out great! I would definitely recommend it. 

  6. Grace on July 21, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    thank you! These were absolutely delicious!

  7. Niki on November 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I made these for a party this past weekend and used Halloween sprinkles and tinted the icing green, orange and purple.  They were so good.  I think my 4 year-old would eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I let her!  thanks for another great recipe.

  8. Marcy on January 15, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I used this recipe to make a Crunchberries cookie bar. I made the sugar cookie bar base but instead of sprinkles used 1/2 cup of crushed Captain Crunch Crunchberries and 1/2 cup of whole Captain Crunch Chrunchberries. I topped it with the frosting and sprinkles. They were amazing. I’ve made this recipe twice and for some reason the egg yolk thing threw me both times. The first time I forgot it completely so it just had one egg…tough around the edges but still amazing to eat. The second time I forgot to only add the yolk so it ended up with two whole eggs. Still amazing. I love your site and have added your cookbooks to my birthday want list. 🙂

  9. Mariana on January 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Is there a way I could replace the cornstarch? Love your recipes!

  10. Regina on February 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I made these today for Valentine’s Day and they are perfect!  I sampled one and YUM!  They will be a great surprise for my boys. 

  11. Maggie on February 12, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Hi Sally! Just wondering – how do you determine how many days these will keep?  Does it have to do with freshness or is it because of the ingredients in the frosting?  They turned out great btw, another Sally’s Baking Addiction home run!

    • Sally on February 12, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Just based on past experience with similar foods. Happy you love these frosted sugar cookie bars!

  12. Darby on March 2, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Sally! I want to make these for a bake sale at work and I’m going to double the recipe. Do I need to double the frosting recipe too? Also, I am going to make with gluten free all purpose flour, any recommendations? Has anyone used cup4cup? 

    • Sally on March 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      I would 1.5x the frosting– doubling would be a little much.

      • Darby on March 2, 2016 at 3:43 pm

        Thanks! I look forward to making these! 

      • Darby on March 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm

        I have another question..if my GF all purpose flour blend already has cornstarch in it, am I ok to add the same amount of cornstarch to this? 

  13. Lee on March 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Sally, I’m planning on making a double batch of these for a party this weekend and I was just wondering if I would be able to stack the bars on top of each other like in that top photo?  Or would the frosting on the bottom bar get messed up and I should just keep them in one layer?  I need to transport these and I want them to be as pretty as yours!

    • Sally on March 19, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Hi Lee. The frosting would get a little messed up after traveling– stacking isn’t ideal for a long period of time.

      • Lee on March 19, 2016 at 1:16 pm

        Thank you Sally! They are in the oven right now and smell amazing.

  14. Kyla Hookey on March 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I just made these to travel for Easter Weekend (2 years after the original post, I know – this was on my Bucket List) and they turned out really well! I’ve never had a cookie bar before – it reminds me of a sugar cookie + funfetti cake + a blondie.  Luckily I doubled the batch so there was a surplus to taste (but I did not double the frosting).   These are a great idea for anyone baking for little ones, looking for something other than Angel Food Cake or whatever other boring traditional desserts that are the usual go-to.  Good job, Sally!

  15. Mary on April 12, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I made these and they were amazing! Do you think that this recipe could be used for cake pops? 

    • Sally on April 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      I’m not sure they’d hold up well for cake pops. I’ve made them with this cake before and they’re really good!

  16. madisonH on April 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Can i replace almond milk for the heavy cream in the frosting?

  17. Lauren on May 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Hey Sally these look great! I just made a batch and they are in the oven . Can’t wait to take them out and taste . Thanks for such an awesome blog ! I love it:)

  18. adrienne on June 24, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    i just did a double batch of these for my daughter’s first birthday party.. and made a small batch of frosting to test out the whole thing. they are AMAZING. i used a glass 9 by 13 pan and cooked them for 35 minutes. i might take them out around 28 minutes next time, they rose almost like a cake but they are still SO chewy and delicious. the frosting is OUT of this world, best homemade frosting recipe i have ever made… thank you so much for this gorgeous recipe!! 

  19. Lindsey on June 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Sally! I have a question. Instead of the butter being softened, can I just melt it? Because whenever I bake with the butter softened, it never mixes well. It would be great if you could get back to me, thanks!

  20. Betsy on October 25, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Hi Sally, would this recipe work for a round cookie cake instead of bars? I was thinking about making this for Breast Cancer Awareness day at our office. Otherwise, could this recipe be doubled for a 9×13 pan?

    • Sally on October 25, 2016 at 9:21 am

      A round 9-inch pan could definitely work! And yes, you could double for a 9×13 as well.

  21. Judy on November 11, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Hi Sally,

    I completely lost track of time and accidentally baked these for an extra 5 minutes, hey are cooking now but will they be to hard?

  22. Melissa on November 21, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Could I replace the granulated sugar with brown sugar?

    • Sally on November 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm


  23. Justine on December 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Any adjustments for high altitude?

    • Sally on December 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      I’ve had a few readers living at high altitude make these (as is) with success.

  24. Natalie on February 12, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Hi! Do you know if I’d be able to use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes after baking, before frosting? Thanks!

    • Sally on February 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Sure can!

      • Natalie on February 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

        Awesome thanks! Oh forgot to ask – the foil doesn’t need to be greased does it? 

  25. Jackie on February 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm

     I would like to know how firm does the icing turn out. 
     I think it would be a cute idea for Easter to make the cookie bars and after they are iced take an egg shaped cookie cutter to cutout the shape. I would like to do it like this as to have the nice straight edge  but I need to know of the icing comes out Stiff enough. 

  26. Lisa on April 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I just made these without the icing (because they are for 4th graders) and they were great. Thanks!

  27. dkny on April 28, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Sally, do you think the freeze dried strawberry frosting would work well on this Cookie Bar?

  28. Heather Dresen on May 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Sally, these are SO GOOD. I’m about to eat the whole pan….

  29. Bixie on May 20, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I made these today for my Dad’s birthday – oh my goodness sooooo delish! I had someone ask for the recipe! Was excited when four bars were left on the plate so i could share them with my little family of four, and then two people grabbed two each!! Loved them Sally! This is one that i will make again and again.

    • Sally on May 20, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Thanks Bixie!

  30. Katherine on May 26, 2017 at 7:49 am

    These look incredibly delicious and I am totally making them sometime!
    I particularly love the fact that the icing is as thick as the bars. 😀



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