Add some American pride to your summer bbq or potluck with these easy Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars! They’re thick, soft and chewy Fourth of July cookies decorated with red, white and blue sprinkles and candy. They have all of the great taste you love from a homemade sugar cookie, but they’re much easier and faster to  make since you don’t need to chill or roll out the dough. These are the perfect easy cookie bars to make for a crowd!

Three stacked, frosted sugar cookie bars decorated with red, white and blue sprinkles and candy on top.

 

When I’m trying to think of a dessert to bring to a summer party of BBQ I usually always turn to cookie bars. They’re easier than cookies (no rolling or chilling) and they’re great for a crowd. You can even transport them in the pan you baked them in, and cut them and serve them at the party.

A glass 9x13 inch pan lined with parchment paper with baked sugar cookie bars in it, next to another photo of the same cookie bars spread with white frosting with red, white and blue candy on top.

Just like with sugar cookies, be careful not to over bake these sugar cookie bars. They will be pale in color, just barely set and will continue to set up in the pan as they cool.

Once they are cool you can smooth the frosting on top and add red and blue M&M’s, sprinkles, and white chocolate chips.

The beauty of sugar cookie bars is that they’re just as delicious as sugar cookies, without all the work! No chilling, no rolling, or cutting. The frosting is homemade and we all know that store-bought frosting doesn’t hold a candle to an easy homemade frosting. Add some red white and blue sprinkles and candy on top and you’ve got yourself the easiest Fourth of July summer treat!

A patriotic sugar cookie bar with white frosting and red, white and blue sprinkles and candy on top.

 

 

 

Looking for more Red, white and blue dessert ideas? Try these:

Fruit sparkles

Almond sheet cake with berries

Red velvet bundt cake

 

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Recipe

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars are my FAVORITE! Super soft and chewy sugar cookie bars with the best homemade frosting. | Tastes Better From Scratch
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 30 mins
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Ingredients
  

For the bars:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks), room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Frosting:

  • 8 Tablespoons butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • Sprinkles, m&m's and white chocolate chips , for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13'' baking pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. 
  • Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix just until combined.
  • Press the sugar cookie mixture gently into an even layer into the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes--DON'T over-bake! You'll be tempted, but the bars should just be barely set in the center and the edges wont be browned at all. 
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  • Add the butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar to a mixing bowl and cream together with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. 
  • Add remaining powdered sugar and vanilla. 
  • Add as much milk as needed to reach a good soft frosting consistency. 
  • Smooth frosting over the bars and sprinkle with toppings.
  • Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days and in the refrigerator up to 5.

Notes

To make ahead:
The bars and frosting can be made one day in advance. Store the bars covered at room temperature and store the frosting covered in the fridge.  You could also freeze the unfrosted bars for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, frost, cut, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 134mgPotassium: 53mgSugar: 37gVitamin A: 475IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.9mg

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*I originally shared this recipe June 2016. Updated June 2018.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was awesome. First dessert to disappear. Easy to make. Will be making this one many times again.

    1. They will keep well stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days and in the refrigerator up to 5. Hope you enjoy them!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these cookie bars twice recently and both times they were gobbled up! Great recipe and so much easier than making rolled sugar cookies. Everyone loves how soft they are!

  3. 5 stars
    Since seeing this recipe just before the Memorial Day weekend 2017, I have now made these bars 3 times and each time, I get rave reviews! They are soft and so tasty. Definitely a go-to for me from now on…

  4. I made these yesterday, and they are absolutely delicious! Even my mom, who usually only really likes desserts with a ton of chocolate in them, really enjoyed them!

  5. Thanks for the recipe! I made this and made a flag out of M&Ms and white sprinkles for July fourth weekend. Really delicious!:)