Valentine’s Day Vanilla Pudding Sugar Cookie Bars

Valentine’s Day Vanilla Pudding Sugar Cookie Bars – A sugar cookie crust topped with creamy vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and sprinkles!! A luscious and EASY Valentine’s Day dessert that will put everyone in festive spirits!!

If you’re in need of a luscious, crowd-pleasing Valentine’s Day dessert, this one is perfect and tastes like a million bucks but uses plenty of baking shortcuts so it’s super easy to make.

How To Make The Valentine’s Day Vanilla Sugar Cookie Bars

First make the sugar cookie crust by combining a packet of sugar cookie mix with butter, an egg, pressing it into a pan, and baking it off.

A big tip here is not to overbake the sugar cookie layer or the finished bars will be overly chewy and hard. Err on the side of underbaking is my recommendation.

Top the baked sugar cookie crust with a mixture of cream cheese, milk, and instant vanilla pudding mix. I used regular pudding mix rather than sugar-free and cannot comment on how these will turn out if you use sugar-free pudding mix.

If you don’t have pudding mix in your area or don’t want to order it, I’m sorry to say this is probably not the recipe for you, but check out all these other fun and festive Valentine’s Day recipes.

After a stint in the fridge that enables the pudding mixture to set up, top the bars with whipped topping and sprinkles. I used these Sweetapolita sprinkles because all of her stuff is just so cute.

How Do The Bars Taste

My 12 year-old daughter gave these a 10 out of 10 and I would have to agree. The sugar cookie crust is soft but plenty chewy which is a great contrast to the cream cheese and pudding layer.

That layer has rich vanilla flavor that complements the sugar cookie crust and it’s squishy, light, and airy. If you like lush-style desserts, you will love these bars.

I don’t get much cream cheese flavor nor did my daughter, but it’s there to help give the pudding some body and oomph rather than just being pudding.

Since I could eat whipped topping by the spoonful, it’s perfect and not to be missed, along with the color and festiveness that the sprinkles add.

Great For Valentine’s Day Parties

If you’re in charge of bringing a dessert to your office or school Valentine’s Day party, or are the mom on duty making a Valentine’s Day dessert for your child’s school party, this is such an easy dessert to make.

It makes a 9×13-inch pan and you can slice the bars smaller than I did and really get some mileage out of one pan.

And of course, if you’re trying to impress that special someone, the bars will do the Valentine’s Day trick.

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Valentine's Day Vanilla Pudding Sugar Cookie Bars

Valentine’s Day Vanilla Pudding Sugar Cookie Bars – A sugar cookie crust topped with creamy vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and sprinkles!! A luscious and EASY Valentine’s Day dessert that will put everyone in festive spirits!!

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  • one 17.5-ounce pouch sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • two 3.4-ounce boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold whole milk, divided
  • one 8-ounce container whipped topping, thawed (I used lite)
  • sprinkles, as desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350F, line a 9×13-inch pan with foil for easier cleanup, and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add the sugar cookie mix, butter, egg, and mix with a handheld electric mixer to combine. If necessary, mix by hand for the dough to fully come together.
  3. Turn dough out into prepared pan and pat into a smooth, even, flat layer. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes; do not overbake. Allow crust to cool completely before adding the filling.
  4. To a large bowl, add the cream cheese and beat until very smooth.
  5. Add 1 cup milk and beat to incorporate.
  6. Add the pudding mix and beat to incorporate.
  7. Add the remaining 2 cups milk and beat to incorporate. Beat for about 5 minutes on high speed to encourage mixture to thicken up.
  8. Turn mixture out over the sugar cookie crust, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until set. I refrigerated overnight.
  9. Before serving, evenly top with whipped topping and evenly sprinkle the sprinkles. The bars will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week, noting that some sprinkles may have a tendency to bleed into the whipped topping as time passes.
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