Sugar Cookie Cake Bars – Soft and chewy bars topped with decadent buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles ~ perfect for a party and makes enough for a crowd!
So, who doesn’t love sugar cookies? They’re soft, they’re chewy, the frosting is amazing and you can never eat just one. Right? Right. What I don’t love as much is the time it takes to bake them, frost them AND decorate them.
There are only so many hours in a day and let me tell you what. . .when the holidays are approaching, there’s a lot to get done. Although sitting down and frosting a cookie (or 200 of them) can be therapeutic, I’d much rather make a pan of these Sugar Cookie Cake Bars to impress my guests. . . as well as keep my sanity in check. 😉
This recipe makes a big pan of bars. I actually use a jelly roll pan. If you’re looking for dimensions, a standard jelly roll pan is 12½ x 17½ by 1 inch. You can see that it’s certainly enough to feed a crowd. I usually get about 30 bars out of the pan, however, it all depends on how large or small you cut your bars. I say go bigger. 😉
Texture-wise, these bars are a combination between a cookie and a cake, thus their name. Soft, chewy and topped with a sweet buttercream frosting. SO GOOD. Oh, and don’t forget the sprinkles, right? Because they just make everything taste and look EVEN better (according to my 4-year-old).
The frosting is just heavenly. I sent a pan of these bars along with my hubby to share with his deer hunting crew this past weekend. Well, almost the whole pan of bars. I did squirrel away a few to keep here at the house.
A few notes about these bars. . .they don’t need to be refrigerated. Also, once the frosting sets, the bars can actually be layered on top of one another for serving off of a platter. The key phrase there is, ONCE THE FROSTING SETS. . .or you may have a bit of a mess on your hands that you would need to
eat clean up.
That could very well be why I make so many messes. 😉 After I frost these bars, I normally just allow the frosting to set and I cover the entire jelly roll pan with aluminum foil or cling wrap until I’m ready to cut and serve them.
These sugar cookie cake bars are an awesome addition to the holiday dessert platter. . .and they go a long way. I think I’m going to make another pan of these to take to Thanksgiving with the family this week. You should, too!