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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Soft and Sweet Sugar Cookie Bars

Super soft sugar cookie bars topped with super chocolaty sweetened condensed milk buttercream are a fun, easy and popular treat!

square pieces of sugar cookie bars with chocolate frosting and star sprinkles on top piled on baking sheet

     Sugar cookies are one of my favorite treats to make.  My go-to sugar cookies have made an appearance at so many parties. It is my favorite cut-out recipe and makes cute and tasty cookies.

        I have also tweaked that recipe to make super fun cinnamon bun cookies that have been served at both my cousin's bun in the oven shower and my sister's bridal shower brunch.

       But sometimes the chilling, rolling, cutting and baking tray after tray of cookies is a bit much.  That is where cookie bars come in!

Big sheet of sugar cookie bars with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, some bars cut and one slightly pulled away from the rest

    All you have to do is whip up some dough, press it in a pan and run!  Plus with no worries about spreading or holding a shape, you get to make softer cookies filled with the good stuff!

     I pretty quickly decided to make these cookie bars with a recipe from one of my favorite cookie experts, Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies.  Hers look so pretty with the pink frosting, but I had chocolate on the brain. So I topped ours with chocolate sweetened condensed milk frosting instead.

chocolate frosted sugar cookie bars on pink platter

     I love that recipe! There is so much cocoa powder that it keeps it from getting cloyingly sweet.  I was in a hurry to get these frosted, cut, stacked and packed to leave the house.

   So I made the frosting a bit thicker than normal so they would stack immediately. Next time I'm hoping to have more time so I can make nice fluffy frosting. Darn busy schedules!

mixing bowl full of chocolate sweetened condensed milk frosting

     When I  saw Julie from The Little Kitchen was doing a fundraiser for Cookies for Kids' Cancer, I couldn't wait to participate. I love the organization and told you about some of the reasons why in my chewy maple cinnamon cookie post.

sugar cookie bar with bite missing

       I love the chance that I get to bake to spread awareness for such a great cause.  I also believe in the cause and was happy to donate.

    Thanks to some generous matching sponsors, my donation got matched not once but three times! That means that much more money is going to find cures for the littlest cancer warriors.

       If you would like to learn more about the organization or donate yourself, you can find more here.  You can either donate directly or find out about so many other fun ways to help out.

close up of chocolate frosted soft sugar cookie bars

     I love cookies and cookie bars for any occasion, but when they are supporting such a worthy cause they are even sweeter.  What are your favorite kinds of cookies?

  If you like soft cookies, you may also like cookies and cream gooey butter cookies. They are loaded with cream cheese and those chocolate sandwich cookies we all know and love!

sugar cookie bars, soft cookie bars, frosted cookie bars
Yield: 36 Servings
Soft and Sweet Sugar Cookie Bars

Soft and Sweet Sugar Cookie Bars

Super soft sugar cookie bars topped with super chocolaty sweetened condensed milk buttercream are a fun, easy and popular treat!
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 30 M


  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature.
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 recipe chocolate sweetened condensed milk buttercream or frosting of your choice.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 10x15" rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, beating until combined.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until just combined. Press into parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges just start to take on a golden color.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.
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graphic for fundraiser for cookies for kids cancer

This is the second year for our Valentine’s event! We want to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer!

Did you know that cancer is the #1 cause of death of children by disease in the U.S.? There are 40,000 U.S. children actively battling cancer right now. With less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget going to all childhood cancer combined, I knew it was important for me to get involved.

Help us make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids' Cancer! Our goal is to raise at least $3000. Because these three companies: Dixie Crystals, Mediavine and OXO have each pledged to match our donations raised through this campaign up to $3000!!!

Thanks to many of you, we have reached our goal. You can still donate and help us make an even bigger difference!

Donate here.

Super soft sugar cookie bars topped with super chocolaty sweetened condensed milk buttercream are a fun, easy and popular treat!


  1. Hi Carlee, what a fun way to help raise money for a very worthy cause. I can't begin to imagine what it must be lie to be the parent of a little cancer warrior, but I'm pretty sure they will appreciate every dollar raised... As much as I love chocolate I would have to say that my favourite cookies are the buttery, melt in the mouth kind.

    1. Buttery cookies are definitely yummy too! I am very happy to be able to support such a worthy cause. Thanks, Debbie!

  2. Yummy! You had me at Sweetened condensed milk buttercream! and chocolaty at that!! What a great idea for a great cause, some of the most difficult funerals I ever had to attend have been those of a child lost to cancer.

    1. The frosting is a must make for sure! I have been lucky enough to not have to attend a funeral, but watching the fight has been hard enough. I can't imagine what it would be like fighting the fight, but have seen it close enough to know it is a cause I am very happy to help support!

  3. I'm with you on the sugar cookie bars. They are so much faster. Thank you for supporting such a good cause and for sharing your recipe.

    1. The perfect way to feed a crowd without rotating so many trays through the oven!

  4. Love the cause and love the bars!

  5. Cookie bars with chocolate condensed milk frosting and sprinkles!! This is the cutest sweet treat! I love sugar cookies, and this is even better to have them in a bar form :)

  6. What a good thing to raise money for and in such a delicious way- My kids would love this recipe!

    1. Cookies are even better when they are for a good cause!

  7. Love that you baked these for such a great cause!
    I made a pan of these this weekend and made them with your frosting! So delicious! I love that it wasn't so sweet, but a lovely chocolate. You are the frosting guru!

    1. Thank you so much!! xoxox we really enjoyed your cookie recipe!

  8. Yummy! I need to make these : ) Thanks for linking up to the friday frenzy--we appreciate you!

  9. Your Cookie Bars look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I LOVE sugar cookies but I don't enjoy making them - they can be so fussy and time consuming. Love that you turned them into bars!!

    1. It makes it so much quicker, no rolling and they all bake at once!

  11. These would disappear quickly!

  12. A great recipe for a great cause! I love simple recipes like this, sometimes you just need to whip up a treat ASAP - plus those sprinkles are adorable. :)

    1. I am a big fan and quick and easy too! And thank you, sprinkles definitely make things better!

  13. Oh, wow! I know the kids are going to love this one! Dangerous to my skinny jeans, though!

    1. They are a bit dangerous to those skinny jeans, but that's why they made jeggings, right?!

  14. Will you please post your recipe for chocolate butter cream frosting? I want to make these and the chocolate frosting sounds wonderful! Thank you

    1. Of course! It is here: and I also linked to it in the recipe card so you can click over. It is the perfect combination! Thank you!

  15. Great recipe and such a noble cause. This recipe of sugar cookie bars is so simple, I am sure kids would love these bars. I am bookmarking this recipe to try with my kids.

  16. Congratulations!
    Your post is on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you enjoy your new Red Plate, I am pinning your post to our Features Board!
    Miz Helen


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