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!

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!


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 8×8 or 9×9-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.

Only Eats

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!

136 comments on “Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting”

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

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

  4. 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. 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!

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

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

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

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

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

  21. 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!

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

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