Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

I love cookies of all kinds but I have a soft spot for snickerdoodles cookies.

However, it’s faster to make bars than it is to make cookies.

As I always say with bars, they are wham-bam-slap-it-in-a-pan whereas cookies require individual loving and more one-on-one attention.

And the frosting on top makes me extra happy.

I do like sugar cookies but I like snickerdoodle cookies more so I tweaked the ingredients and reduced the yield to an 8 x 8 pan because I didn’t “need” a 13 x 18 pan of bars.

I knew this post was going to be revealed on the day before Valentine’s Day, so I made pink vanilla cream cheese frosting, sprinkled the bars with red sanding sugar, and added red, white, and pink candy bits.

I hope Cupid approves.


These bars are like snickerdoodle cookies, but in bar form.

The cinnamon and sugar and the vanilla undertones tickled my snickerdoodle fancy.

The texture is soft and chewy, like a deep dish cookie.

The frosting is vanilla-infused, and has a little bit of a tang from the cream cheese, balancing the sweetness.

And everything tastes better when it’s pink and has candy bits and sprinkles on top.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - Soft and chewy bars that taste like snickerdoodle cookies! Perfect for Valentine's parties!

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy, no-mixer bars that taste like snickerdoodle cookies. Soft, chewy, moist and topped with tangy cream cheese frosting. They're perfect for Valentine's Day!

Yield: about 12 bars (8x8 or 9x9 pan)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 minutes

Total Time: 1+ hour, for cooling


Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour

Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 to 4 1/2+ cups powdered sugar

splash of milk or water, if needed

(pink) food coloring, optional


Bars - Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a 8x8 or 9x9-inch pan by lining it with foil and then spraying it with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and mix until combined. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. The batter will be very thick and sticky, like cookie dough. Use your hands if necessary to spread it evenly. Bake at 375F for 19 to 22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out clean. While the bars are baking, prepare the frosting.

Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and cream cheese until combined and it begins to fluff. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar (one-half cup at a time after 3 cups) and mix until desired frosting consistency is reached. I like very thick frosting and used 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar with a splash of half and half. Carefully add the food coloring, one drop at a time, until desired color is reached. After the bars have cooled, frost them. Optionally, garnish with sprinkles, candy bits, sanding sugar, or any optional garnish of your choice. Consider storing the bars in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese and butter in the frosting; the bars freeze well and will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

If you prefer Snickerdoodle cookies in cookie form, try these White Chocolate Snickerdoodles that are dead ringers for the Mrs. Field’s Snickerdoodles I used to eat in the food court at the mall in high school.

And if you haven’t already completed your Valentine’s Day baking (or springtime, baby-shower, bridal shower, Easter, or girlie birthday party baking needs), there’s:

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with PB Cups & PB M&M’s

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

And here’s a Valentine’s Day Roundup post with Food, Kitchen items, and shoes

Happy Valentine’s Day!


134 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 13, 2012 at 1:12 am (#

    “I’d rather have $50 bucks to spend on shoes than roses, truth be told.” – couldn’t agree more, flowers are so overpriced on Valentine’s Day that it’s such a waste. I’d much rather have something I could get some good use out of. Although that being said, I wouldn’t turn down a box of chocolates!

  2. Kathryn — February 13, 2012 at 2:06 am (#

    What a good idea – I love how chewy and delicious that cookie looks and the pink frosting is just too cute!

  3. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — February 13, 2012 at 2:11 am (#

    DROOOOOOOOOL! I love, love, love the THICK layer of frosting. That is gorgeous. I want to sink my teeth into it. Yum. :)

  4. Luv What You Do — February 13, 2012 at 4:10 am (#

    Those look amazing!
    My mouth is watering as I eat my boring cereal with blueberries for breakfast (would much rather a cookie bar). It is great to have bar recipes for when time doesn’t allow for drop cookies. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Paula — February 13, 2012 at 4:12 am (#

    Frosting is simply the best part of any dessert. I swear nothing is ever too rich or sweet for me so those bars appear to have an appropriately thick layer for my taste! No Valentine’s Day plans–we are both working and I don’t want to be out in a crowded restaurant. A quiet evening at home is where it’s at for me!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 8:55 am (#

      nothing is ever too rich or sweet for me either! I like my frosting about as thick as the dessert itself!

  6. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — February 13, 2012 at 4:15 am (#

    Those look dense and delicious!!

  7. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — February 13, 2012 at 4:34 am (#

    Look at that dense buttery moisture in those bars! These look like just the right kind of cookie bar.

  8. shelly (cookies and cups) — February 13, 2012 at 4:38 am (#

    Thanks for the linky love!
    I am a snickerdoodle addict, is that a thing?

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 8:55 am (#

      I pinned your 2 ingredient ice cream last night and everyone’s been loving it…seriously, it looks so good!

  9. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — February 13, 2012 at 5:12 am (#

    I have no idea how you come up with all of these amazing treats

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 8:53 am (#

      I wish you lived closer and you could be my taste tester and I could send stuff home with you for your kiddos!

  10. Katie — February 13, 2012 at 5:17 am (#

    I love that the frosting layer is nearly as thick as the cookie. :D

    I have no V-Day plans and couldn’t care less. I’m not anti-VDay, but not pro either. It’s kind of like President’s Day to me. In college, my roommates and I used to go to Rocky Rococo’s for their heart-shaped pizza every year. That was the only reason I really liked it.

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 8:54 am (#

      Rocky Rococo’s…BLAST from the past. Havent thought about that place in about 20 years!

      I love thick frosting…the thicker, the better. At least as thick as the dessert itself :)

  11. Heather (Where's the Beach) — February 13, 2012 at 5:22 am (#

    Those are so pretty – I mean really gorgeous Averie! When are you opening up a bakery???

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 8:53 am (#

      If only. But it would take care of some of the goodies that are busting out of the cupboards :) Good thing our friends and Scott’s coworkers aren’t complaining. Lol

  12. Erica — February 13, 2012 at 5:24 am (#

    So fun! What a great SRC recipe!! The bars are just perfect for Valentines day…I’m loving it! Those Toms are seriously so adorable, I want to get them! No vday baking yet- hopefully today

  13. Deborah — February 13, 2012 at 5:25 am (#

    We don’t do anything big for Valentines day – but I’d be happy to gobble up a few of these!!

  14. Kristi — February 13, 2012 at 6:01 am (#

    snickerdoodles are my favorite and these look extra delicious. :) I hope you have a wonderful valentine’s day!

  15. Maryz — February 13, 2012 at 6:38 am (#

    Just made your Snickerdoodle White Chocolate Chip cookies yesterday. The family raved! I think there is maybe 2 left :) No plans for Valetine’s Day here either. I’d much rather be at home all cozy with dinner and movie on the TV!

  16. Bev Weidner — February 13, 2012 at 7:35 am (#


  17. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — February 13, 2012 at 7:53 am (#

    Would you even believe me if I said I’ve never had a snickerdoodle? Sad but true. These look a million times better than the cookie version though! And love that pink frosting!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 8:49 am (#

      You need to start compiling this stuff…
      Never had a snickerdoodle
      Never made muffins til like 2 weeks ago.
      And a few others you told me but I’ve forgotten but considering how much you bake, I am floored by some of your factoids!

  18. katie @ KatieDid — February 13, 2012 at 7:53 am (#

    ohhh decadent! snickerdoodles are a great choice, and the pink frosting is obviously the cutest thing. Happy V day! I won’t be doing anything super special except hanging with friends, maybe indulging in a pint of ben and jerrys ;) only half kidding.

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 8:49 am (#

      enjoy your B & Js. Sounds a lot easier and cheaper than a big fancy restaurant meal out. And probably much more enjoyable :)

  19. Cassie — February 13, 2012 at 8:23 am (#

    I am making these the MOMENT I get a chance. I love everything about it, the texture looks so dreamy!

  20. jackie @ marin mama cooks — February 13, 2012 at 8:28 am (#

    Another amazing dessert created by Averie. Love all your creativity and Skyler must love how everything you make is pink! A little girl’s dream :)

    My hubby and I have never been big Valentines Day celebrators. We call it the “Hallmark Holiday.” I do make sure i have a box of candy and a little something on the side for the kids, since Valentines Day means a lot to them. I will be picking up their cupcakes from my favorite bakery tomorrow (so sad) since I have no time to bake this week. I wish you lived closer by so I could grab some treats from your house :)

    I will be making dinner though, so that makes up for store bought cupcakes, I guess :)

    Happy Valentines Day Averie.

  21. Cara Craves... — February 13, 2012 at 8:41 am (#

    I love all your festive treats! Now I just have to decide which ones to make!

  22. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 13, 2012 at 9:11 am (#

    I love these, Averie!

  23. Anna @ On Anna's Plate — February 13, 2012 at 9:28 am (#

    Your pink desserts are making me very excited for Valentine’s day :-)

  24. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 13, 2012 at 9:41 am (#

    Oh wow, what a dessert! You’ve taken one of my favorite cookies and made it even better, Averie! So glad to have found you through your gorgeous guest post on Marla’s blog. Thanks for sharing and happy Valentine’s day!

  25. Jenny — February 13, 2012 at 9:47 am (#

    What a great Valetine’s day recipe! I love cookies, but I love cookie bars even more!

  26. Amber K — February 13, 2012 at 10:36 am (#

    I felt bad for Aubrey when we were first dating because he had no idea what to buy me for Valentine’s Day. I don’t get a whole bunch of candy or flowers and I don’t really wear jewelry. Thankfully, he now knows we just need to spend the day together, doing nothing particular at all.

  27. Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous — February 13, 2012 at 11:27 am (#

    What a gorgeous bar for V-day!

  28. Christine (The Raw Project) — February 13, 2012 at 11:47 am (#

    Fabulous recipe and great pics, the colors are so pretty! I haven’t made anything for vday yet, but will hopefully change that tonight. :-)

  29. Cate — February 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm (#

    I had to laugh when I saw that you wrote that you don’t ~need~ a 13 x 18 pan of these :) They look so cute (I’m a sucker for pink baked goods). Let’s see whether I can get my act together and make a gluten-free version tonight! And how cute are those Toms?

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm (#

      9 x 11 or 9 x 13 is my max size these days, so 13 x 18 was out of the question! I like VARIETY in my desserts :)

  30. Jasper @ crunchylittlebites — February 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm (#

    love this and LOVE your comment over on cr…thanks for such PERFECT looking treats averie!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm (#

      I’m guessing CR meaning Gena’s site? But anyhoo…just checked your site, great lookin’hummus!

  31. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes — February 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm (#

    These look so pretty..too good to eat!

  32. Amanda — February 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm (#

    I love the bars instead of cookies idea, I think I am just going to quit making cookies and go bars all the way!!! I am eternally busy and any way I can save time is a great thing. These look fantastic, I was the snickerdoodle queen in high school, haha, my home economics teacher used to pull me out of class (like science and math yay!!) to make my famous snickerdoodles :)

  33. Sarah @ The Healthy Diva — February 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm (#

    I also have a soft spot for snickerdoodles. Fond childhood memories and me, my grandma, and mom in the kitchen making these for school bake sales. I haven’t made any in a while though! No plans for valentine’s day…just eat some chocolate or some of my mocha muffins with the family and cheers to love! hope you enjoy ur day :)

  34. Jennifer (Delicieux) — February 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm (#

    Wow, these look amazing….almost too pretty to eat! And I’m with you on the shoes comment too…as much as I love flowers I love shoes even more. My wardrobe is testament to that!

  35. Kilee — February 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm (#

    Yum! These look delicious! I wasn’t planning on baking anything for Valentine’s Day, but might be making a quick run to the store!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm (#

      Hopefully there’s almost nothing you “need” that you don’t have on hand (you can use storebought frosting, too, obvi if you’re short on time). LMK if you do make ’em!

  36. Sunny — February 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm (#

    saw these this morning while sipping my coffee and just had to give ’em a whirl – so festive! ;) I was home visiting for the weekend, and my three younger brothers (all in their super-hungry teen years) DEVOURED them. This recipe would be perfect to send in with the kiddos to school, too – the recipe came together quickly & easily!

  37. Lindsey — February 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm (#

    I’ve noticed the sugar cookie bars making the rounds on the blogs I read. Turning them into snickerdoodle bars is a great idea! Love snickerdoodles!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm (#

      Yes, so many sugar cookie bars…I wanted to mix it up plus I prefer snickerdoodles so it was a win-win.

  38. Tony D — February 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm (#

    Quick recipe question. Is that supposed to say “1 cup white sugar”? It currently says “1 1 cup white sugar.” Just wanted to be sure, because I’m making these tonight. Thanks!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm (#

      Yes fixed to one cup. Thanks for the catch. I re-read my posts like 19 times and still manage to apparently type too fast for my own good :)

      Please report back and LMK how you like them if you end up making them! Thanks for reading :)

    • Tony D — February 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm (#

      I made them and they turned out so delicious. They were a great alternative to traditional brownies and cookies that everyone else makes for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the idea and recipe!

  39. Kiran @ — February 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm (#

    MMmmmmm… I want all of those delicious snickerdoodle bars, please?

    Your wood board is perfect. Great photos :)

  40. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm (#

    So pink and pretty. Love it!

  41. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — February 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm (#

    Love this twist on the ordinary sugar cookie bar! So festive and delicious – such a great choice!

  42. Rayna — February 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm (#

    I love this idea! Snickerdoodles are my favorite and they must taste even better with frosting and sprinkles.

  43. Heather @girlichef — February 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm (#

    Those bars are SO pretty -and I’m a huge Snickerdoodles fan, so I know I’d love them!

  44. Kalee — February 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm (#

    These look so good and moist!!

  45. Miz Helen — February 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm (#

    Hi Averie,
    Your Sinckerdoodle Bars from Crumbs and Choas look awesome, I love the pink touch for Valentine Day.
    It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen
    SRC #7

  46. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — February 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm (#

    I agree, bars are so much easier than cookies. These are gorgeous and i love the pink! My daughter is squealing for me to make these!!!

  47. Jolene ( — February 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm (#

    No valentines day plans really … I am not a huge fan of valentines day. The hubby and I will probably cook dinner together and then I am going to work on my thesis. We go out together all the time, so no need to fight the crowds tomorrow!

  48. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — February 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm (#

    Thanks for mentioning me, Averie! I *love* the thought of snickerdoodle cookie bars. And that pink cream cheese frosting, yum!

  49. Fallon — February 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm (#

    Oh yum!! Definitely cupid and Fallon approved over here!

  50. Amelia — February 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm (#

    Oh man those bars look like mouthwatering goodness!

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