I’m always on the hunt for super simple desserts that not only taste fabulous, but look amazing, too. After seeing various recipes for Sugar Cookie Bars on Pinterest, I thought it was time to give them a try.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

I wrote a post for my friends at ProFlowers with tips on hosting a springtime luncheon (You can check that out here.), and the dessert ended up stealing the show! I took inspiration from a bouquet of orange tulips and created an ombre effect with the frosting on top of the bars. I think it turned out beautifully.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

And, since I know some of you are going to ask, I used AmeriColor gel food coloring. The darkest pink is fuchsia. The lighter pink is deep pink with with a teeny bit of fuchsia. The lighter orange / peach is deep pink and orange. And the orange is orange. To get the ombre look, I added each color separately, in rows, to the top of the bars with an offset spatula and then carefully blended them together. It looks and sounds much more complicated than it is.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

Aren’t they gorgeous?

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

I used a larger baking sheet, but if you want thicker bars, stick with a 13×9-inch pan. I also highly recommend lining the pan with aluminum foil. This makes it a breeze to get the bars out of the pan!

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

OK, here’s the recipe.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Here's what you will need:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup half and half (or whole milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
pinch of salt
food coloring and sprinkles (optional)

Begin by lining a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet with aluminum foil. (You can use a 13x9-inch pan for thicker cookies.) Grease the foil with cooking spray. Also, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Then, incorporate the egg, sour cream, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture until well combined.

Very gently press the dough into the foil-lined baking pan. Bake for 14-17 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Allow to cool in the baking pan.

For the frosting, begin by creaming the butter. Then, slowly add the confectioners' sugar, alternating with half and half until you achieve the desired consistency. Then add the vanilla and almond extract along with the salt. Food coloring can also be incorporated at this time. (I used four different colors to create an ombre effect.)

Once the sugar cookie bars are cool, spread on the frosting. To achieve an ombre effect like I did, spread on the four different color frostings leaving about a half inch gap in between each. Then, blend them together. If desired, top with sprinkles before the frosting sets.

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

And that’s it, friends! Another super easy and totally delicious dessert recipe to tuck in your back pocket. I think you’re really going to like this one!

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

If you want to read more about the Springtime Luncheon I put together for ProFlowers, you can check that out here.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | Inspired by Charm

Have a fabulous weekend!

Comments

  • silownia at

    Right away I am going to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming over again to read
    other news.

  • Terri at

    They are beautiful. I think I may try these for our first cookout of the season…..assuming we will have warm weather sometime this year 😉

  • sharon at

    oh my gosh…….these are the prettiest cookies you have ever made.
    i’m making these for mother’s day. thank you soooooooooo much!!

  • Shelly at

    In LOVE! These look beautiful! I wanted to let you know that your site isn’t formatting correctly for my screen. It’s been like this for a week and I thought it was just me but it hasn’t been happening with any other sites. You might check it out on someone else’s computer to see if it’s running HUGE or if I’m just weird. 🙂

  • Jaclyn at

    These are gorgeous! Love the ombré – I’m obsessed!

  • Wendy at

    Gorgeous and that frosting recipe sounds awesome! Have to try it. There’s nothing better than good looking AND good tasting.

  • Mary Ellen Barrett at

    I made these this afternoon for my children. I am now the most loved mother on the planet. I used shades of pink, I was out of orange dye. The effect was still lovely. Thanks for sharing such a lovely dessert.

  • Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle at

    This look sooo yummy! I love quick and simple recipes! You can change these up to match any holiday or event! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jenn at

    If it said how much frosting the recipe makes, it would be helpful.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Jenn, It’s enough to cover the bars. Thanks.

      xo Michael

  • Brenda at

    Michael, I am looking forward to making the cookies, they are beautiful. Does the icing harden enough so they can be stacked?

    I have just come across your site and wanted to let you know I am enjoying it ever so much.

    Thanks,
    Brenda

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Brenda,

      Thanks so much! Yes, it’s gets a harder “shell” on it so to speak, but the frosting is still soft. If that makes sense.

      xo Michael

  • Heather at

    Love these bars! One of my favorite recipes! Thanks for sharing it!

  • Melissa at

    Hey Michael! I was wondering how much of a difference it’d make if I subbed the sour cream for Greek yogurt & the whole milk for 2%? Sorry, I’m just trying to use what I have on hand. Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it! I just hope it comes out just as beautiful!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I would assume it would make a difference as they are not the same ingredients. However, you’re welcome to try whatever you’d like.

      xo Michael

  • laura {not a trophy wife} at

    Just found your blog via dimples and tangles! OMG these are gorgeous bars! PS love the blog layout, design, etc etc etc…. laura

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