Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe

Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe with Homemade Icing! Made From Scratch Thick, Soft, and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars for Christmas Parties!

Three stacked sugar cookie bars

Soft and chewy Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe with Homemade Icing!

Sugar cookie bar with a bite taken out

This is one of my favorite Christmas Dessert Recipes and it’s so easy to make! Perfect for a cookie exchange or Holiday Party!

Sugar cookie bars on plate

Plus, here are even more Easy Christmas Recipes and Ideas!

Three sugar cookie bars stacked

There are so many reasons to love these Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars! 

  • First, you can whip up a batch so fast in a 9×13″ pan. 
  • Simple and everyday pantry ingredients that you probably have on hand! 
  • Make the cookie ahead of time and frost it when you’re ready! If you’re in a hurry, this can save a bunch of time for the day of a party! 

Close up of plated sugar cookie bars


Here’s what you will need to make these Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars!

  • Besides basic pantry ingredients like flour, salt, baking items, and vanilla, you will need lots of butter!
  • The homemade frosting is super easy and is a mixture of butter, powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla.
  • Also, don’t forget Holiday Sprinkles! You can use any that you have on hand!

Sliced sugar cookie bars

How to Make Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars

Ready for Christmas? Well, these Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars are the PERFECT thing to get into the holiday spirit!

Egg and egg yoke added to bowl

First, cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Then mix in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract. (The almond extract really gives it that “Christmas” taste!)

Dry ingredients added to bowl

Next, add in the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) and mix until the dough is formed.

Red and green sprinkles added to dough

Sprinkle time! Stir in the red and green holiday sprinkles until they are mixed throughout the dough.

Cookie dough spread out in baking pan

Pour the dough into a prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to spread the dough out so that it bakes evenly. Then BAKE! When it is finished baking, set the cookie bar aside the cool completely.

Cookie bar cut into squares

Time to decorate! Frost the cookie and top it off with more holiday sprinkles. Slice into squares and enjoy!

Christmas sugar cookie bars ingredients

Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe

Yields: 12 Cookie Bars
Prep time: 12 minutes
Bake time: 23 minutes
Additional time: 10 minutes

Cookie Bar Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 cup unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons red holiday sprinkles (divided)
2 tablespoons green holiday sprinkles (divided)

Cookie Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Soften the butter in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 15 seconds.
Cream together butter and sugar with a fork (or you can use a hand mixer).
Add egg and egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract and mix well.
Slowly stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Once the dough forms, add 1 tablespoon red holiday sprinkles and 1 tablespoon green holiday sprinkles (save the rest for garnishing).
Pour dough into a 9 x 13” baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 23-25 minutes. The cookie is done when the edges start to look golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let the cookie cool completely in the baking dish so that it finishes baking completely and the center sets.
Once cool, lift the parchment paper out of the baking dish.
Make the frosting according to the directions, frost the cookie, and sprinkle with red and green holiday sprinkles.
Cut the edges off (optional) and cut into squares.



Close up of sliced cookie bars

How to make an Easy Homemade Frosting

Frosting Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Frosting Directions:
Let the butter come to room temperature or microwave for 10 seconds. If it’s not soft enough, microwave in 5 second increments. Do not melt.
Beat butter well to get rid of any lumps.
Add vanilla and salt and beat well.
Slowly add powdered sugar until combined. Be sure to mix well so the frosting is not lumpy. 

Creamed butter

Cream the softened butter to make it smooth.

Vanilla being poured into icing

Next, mix in the vanilla and salt.

Homemade icing

Finally, add in the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. (We don’t want the frosting to be lumpy!)

Homemade Icing Ingredients

How do I store the Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars?

I love this recipe because you can totally leave them on your counter and they don’t have to be refrigerated. 

Close up of bite taken out of cookie bar

Since there is no cream cheese in this recipe, they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days and do not need to be refrigerated. 

Four stacked sugar cookie bars

Can I take Cookie Bars to a Cookie Exchange?

Yes! Why not!? You can go ahead and cut your cookie bars into squares, or you can just leave them in the pan!

Plate of cookie bars

If you are wanting to add a little “extra” to your cookie bars, you can always add red or green food dye to the frosting to make it red or green!

Close up of sliced cookie bar with bite taken out

I love Easy Christmas Desserts and Recipes! These Triple Chocolate Christmas Cookies are probably on the top of my list as one of my favorites! 

Close up of bite taken out of cookie bar

If you are looking for an easy no bake recipe, this Sugar Cookie Dough Dip Recipe for Christmas is another favorite – no baking required!!! 


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