Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sugar cookies are such a classic holiday treat.

But sometimes around the holidays I’m so busy I don’t even have time to bake cookies. Enter a pan of bars.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sugar cookies in bar form with SPRINKLES baked in and on top!! So much faster than making cookies and a great holiday baking SHORTCUT!!

I love making bars because they’re faster and easier than cookies, there’s no dough to chill, and no need to form individual cookies with a cookie scoop. Just press the dough into a pan, bake, and you’re set.

To make this recipe even easier, I used a box of Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix that I doctored up with sprinkles. Use flat sprinkles (jimmies) because they’re nice and soft.

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Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sugar cookies in bar form with SPRINKLES baked in and on top!! So much faster than making cookies and a great holiday baking SHORTCUT!!

The bars are buttery soft in the middle with a bit of chewiness around the edges and have nice texture from the baked-in sprinkles.

After baking I frosted the bars with cream cheese frosting. Everything is better with cream cheese frosting. And more sprinkles.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sugar cookies in bar form with SPRINKLES baked in and on top!! So much faster than making cookies and a great holiday baking SHORTCUT!!

You can cheat and use a tub of storebought cream cheese frosting if you’re extra pressed for time.

Aren’t we all around the holidays.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sugar cookies in bar form with SPRINKLES baked in and on top!! So much faster than making cookies and a great holiday baking SHORTCUT!!

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sugar cookies are such a classic holiday treat but sometimes around the holidays I’m so busy I don’t even have time to bake cookies. Bars are faster and easier than cookies, there’s no dough to chill, and no need to form individual cookies. Just press the dough into a pan and bake. The bars are buttery soft in the middle with a bit of chewiness around the edges and have nice texture from the baked-in sprinkles. After baking I frosted the bars with cream cheese frosting and you can use storebought to save time.

Ingredients:

Bars

  • one package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup red, green, and white holiday flat sprinkles (jimmies)

Frosting

  • one tub storebought whipped cream cheese frosting
  • OR
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened (lite okay)
  • 1/4 cup (half of 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red, green, and white holiday sprinkles (jimmies or your favorite)

Directions:

  1. Bars – Heat oven to 350F, line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl aedd the packet of cookie mix, butter, egg, and mix or stir to combine.
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22 comments on “Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. So festive, this really is the best time of the year. And yes to cream cheese frosting making everything better!

  2. I love the cream cheese frosting on these and the sprinkles look so festive!

  3. These are so festive and delicious looking!

  4. Brilliant! Too bad the kids want to make cut out cookies–I hate that job!

  5. Wowza. These look like soft sugary squares of perfection… probably because they are!! Need these in my life ASAP!

  6. These are so pretty! And I love that mix so much.

  7. Wow, love how festive and gorgeous these bars are. I’m definitely gonna try and make these during the holidays!

  8. Can’t stand it when not all the recipe is included and you have to go somewhere else to get it completed . Makes no since to me at all. Why not put it all so cant print it all at one time .Sorry just the truth.

    • I can understand your frustration and I have spoken with Krusteaz about possibly letting me post the recipe on my site as well. I am not sure yet what they will decide. Thanks for your patience and continuing to visit my site.

  9. hey girl these look amazing! Yummy!

  10. I’ve been craving sugar cookies like crazy but haven’t sat down and made any! Perfect timing finding this delicious recipe!

  11. I could eat that frosting with a spoon! Loving this fun way to jazz up a ready mix!

  12. These look YUMMY YUMMY!
    Do you know if they can be frozen?

  13. Looks yummy. Can you use cookie cutters to cut the bars?

  14. I put the sprinkles in the batter and mixed with beater.  It turned the cookie batter green!  Maybe I should have not used electric mixer.  I combined red and green sprinkles but batter is green.  Still Christmas looking!.

    • That is why you have to STIR them in, not mix them in with a mixer. Mixers tend to pulverize, hence the green batter. Also some brands of sprinkles have dye that just bleeds more. Hey, they still look Christmasy and I’m sure taste great but yes stir in next time :)

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