Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Frosted Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars

Hi everyone today I'm posting a recipe for these yummy Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter,I know I did. The kiddos had a great time hunting eggs and having their traditional Easter Scavenger Hunt. We had a cookout with friends, so our day was filled with great food, good friends and lot's of fun. I even brought a new recipe home that I cant wait to share with all of you but, that will have to wait for another day. 

I don't know about you but my favorite cookie is Sugar Cookies. I have to admit though I don't always have the time to make them. All that fuss of cutting out all the shapes and getting them frosted and decorated it can get very time consuming. Well Easter Sunday was no different, time was the one thing I really didn't have a lot of. I had 4 other dishes to get prepared to take over to a friends house.
But the kids still wanted Frosted Sugar Cookies. Well I'm not one to disappoint! So instead of making cookies we simplified the whole project and made sugar cookie bars instead. I have to say this really is so much easier than traditional frosted sugar cookies.This sugar cookie recipe is also a bit different, because cream cheese is added to the cookie dough as well as in the frosting.

 So double the cream cheesy goodness. I was really surprised on how fast this recipe came together. I prepared and baked the bars the night before Easter. Then on Easter day I just had to prepare the frosting and decorate the bars. Just like that we had sugar cookies in a snap. I also frosted the sugar cookie bars in two festive Easter colors. If you love sugar cookies you need to try this recipes. I'm also sharing a few photos from our Easter fun. I hope you enjoy the recipe. 

Here are a few photos from the Kiddos doing their Easter Scavenger Hunt.

They were so excited to find Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakual as their Scavenger Hunt Prize.
Hunting Easter eggs

Mackenzie enjoying her Easter day eats

Festive Sugar Cookie Bars. When I was done frosting the sugar cookie bars. I used a chop stick and made lines in the frosting to score the bars for easy cutting.

Frosted Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Bars


1 1/2 - cups sugar
1 - cup butter, softened
1 - 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 - egg
1/2 - teaspoon almond extract
1 - teaspoon vanilla
1/2 - teaspoon baking soda
1 - teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 - cups all purpose flour

1/2 - cup butter softened
4 oz - cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 - cups powdered sugar
3-5 - tablespoons milk
1 - teaspoon vanilla
food coloring or icing paste


In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and egg until nice and frothy. About 4 minutes. 

Add the vanilla and almond extract and beat for 1 minute more. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. 

Mix them around so that all ingredients are well incorporated. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat for about 2 minutes.

Press the dough into a large jelly roll (baking sheet with a rim) pan (12 x 16) that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Let the pan cool completely. To make the frosting, in a medium sized bowl (or your stand mixer) combine the butter and cream cheese. 

Beat for about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring. Mix for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Frost your pan of cookies. Cut the cookies into bars and serve!

As a fun decorative option, you could pipe a bit of white frosting onto the bars. Just take about 1/4 of the frosting out of the mixer before you add the food coloring. 

Put the white frosting into to sandwich sized zip loc bag. Carefully snip the tip and pipe some fun decorations onto the bars.

If you don't have time for all that you can just use festive sprinkles. 

Store frosted bars in the refrigerator.

adapted from: Jamie Cooks It Up

Cook's Note: If you don't want to use almond extract you can substitute with all vanilla extract.


Tiffanee said... #

Yum! I also love frosted sugar cookies but do not have the patience to roll and cut. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing!!

Home Is Where The Heart Is said... #

Those look so YUMMY!

SnoWhite said... #

I'm with Tiffanee -- I never make sugar cookies (even though I love them) because they are so time consuming! Thanks for this great recipe.

Farmhouse prims said... #

You have the best recipes, I just wish you could come to my house and make them for me. Yummy!!! Love your blog!!!!

D Martinez said... #

I really like the idea of the sugar cookie bars instead of cookies! Maybe I will use it for Christmas! :)

Leah T said... #

Those look amazing! I can't wait to try them!!!

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

I love this idea! And your Easter pictures are just so sweet. Glad you all had such a fun day...

Anonymous said... #

Looks really good. The pan they are in looks really big.Is it a standard jelly roll pan..

Tina Butler said... #

Anonymous the pan is size 12 x 18.

Live.Love.Eat said... #

They look so cute. Nice job. I love that they're easier.

Velva said... #

My favorite cookie is a sugar cookie, to be specific, I think snicker doodles top my list :-)

Looks like you had a wonderful Easter. Your frosted sugar cookie bars look wonderful.

Lynn said... #

These sugar cookie bars are so cute! What a great alternative, for when you don't have time to make the cookies. Very creative :)

FAVREAU said... #

These all look DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Anonymous said... #

I just made there today, and I don't have my 13x9 pan, my MIL has it right now, and so I used my 9x12 didn't think it would make that big of a difference. Ummm ya it is the size of a cake and spongy too although tastes just like a cookie. Haven't frosted yet was sctually thinking doing a strawberry short"cookie" type dessert. I had to bake it too for 45 mins. Next time I will use the correct size pan :)!! Thanks for sharing def a keeper!!

Amy said... #

Just found your blog a few days ago and I LOVE it!!! We are getting hit with the big snowstorm tonight so my kids and I decided to make the chocolate covered peanut butter hearts (YUM) and these cream cheese sugar cookie bars. The only problem is I didn't see that the frosting has cream cheese in it also and I don't have any more. Since I am likely to be snowed in for a couple days I was wondering what you recommend I frost these with? Thanks for any advice you can give me!!!

Tina Butler said... #

Hi the amount for the cream cheese is listed in the frosting ingredients. (4 oz) I also checked the recipe for the printable version and it is listed on there as well. I am not sure if you are not seeing the amount or asking to substitute because you do not have any? If you do not have cream cheese for the frosting I would just leave it out. You may have to increase the milk a bit.

Amy said... #

Thanks for getting back with me!! The recipe does include the cream cheese I just didn't see it so I didn't buy it. We ended up eating them without any frosting because all the kids thought they were delicious even without it!!! Thanks for all the great recipes!!! I can't wait to try more :)

Anonymous said... #

I can't wait to try making these! Do they need to be refrigerated since there's cream cheese in the frosting? --Saralyn

Tina Butler said... #

I will add that to the recipe. I think since it does have cream cheese in the frosting then yes it would be best to store in the refrigerator.

Anonymous said... #

I am so glad that i found your website :)..i to have always wanted to learn how to make homemade butter milk biscuits..my grand mother made the best i have ever tasted..i have not tried your's yet..i just found your site today..but i will comment back after i do..thank you.:)

Ashley said... #

OMG Those cookies look so good! I just want to eat them! Im making them for my kids school Easter party Friday! Thanks so much for the recipe!! :D

Anonymous said... #

Cookies in the oven as we speak (or read, as the case may be). Can't wait to try them as the cookie dough was so delicious I wasn't sure the kiddos were gonna let me put any in the pan to bake...Thank you for so many great recipes!

Nadine said... #

One of my friends made these to go along with Easter dessert. They were yummy - but most people found the icing to be a bit too sweet. We decided the recipe is a keeper but we will play with the icing part of it.

Anonymous said... #

...For the 4th of July, I topped my sugar cookie bars with fresh cut strawberries and blueberries....Delicious...

Jeanet said... #

for the frosting you use vanilla is that vanilla sugar or extract?

Tina Butler said... #

It's vanilla extract.

Kroosreads said... #

Can you freeze these after they have been frosted? They smell fabulous!

Unknown said... #

Tina...made these for a family that just had a baby and they said it was the best thing they ever ate!!!.. another fabulous Mommys Kitchen Recipe!

Unknown said... #

I made these for a family and they said it was the best thing they ever ate!!!..another fabulous Mommys Kitchen recipe!!

Anonymous said... #

Can't wait to try these! Just wondering if you greased the pan or not. Thanks!

Anonymous said... #

Has anyone tried making these without the egg? Just curious how they would turn out.
Egg allergy in the family.