4th of July Sugar Cookie Bars

These SUGAR COOKIE BARS are packed full of red, white, and blue sprinkles and topped off with a simple buttercream frosting and more colorful sprinkles. Perfect for your Fourth of July BBQ! 

My husband is a total cookie monster. 

He eats them for breakfast just about every morning, which means that as soon as our cookie jar empties out, he starts getting a little antsy. 

Of course, he also wants bacon and eggs or biscuits and gravy to go along with his cookies, but whatever. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Some of his favorite cookies include lemon cookies, macadamia nut cookies, and peanut butter oatmeal cookies

Today I’m sharing cookie bars, which I LOVE, because it’s so much quicker and easier than scooping out a ton of little dough balls and baking tray after tray of cookie. 

You just spread it in a pan, bake, and boom. Done. 

Did I mention that these sugar cookie bars have sprinkles inside the cookie part? They’re so cute! 

sugar cookie bars with white frosting.

How to make these sugar cookie bars: 

We’re going to whip up our cookie dough using some pretty standard ingredients: butter, sugar, egg, flour, vanilla, baking soda, and baking powder. 

The secret ingredient here is the cream cheese. It makes these soft and rich. So good!

cookie dough with sprinkles.

You’ll also stir some red, white, and blue sprinkles into your dough. Festive and fun! 

Spread the batter into a foil lined half sheet pan and bake.

When the cookie bars are done baking and have completely cooled, spread on some frosting.

You have a couple options here for the frosting…you can use store-bought frosting. You’ll get no judgement from me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

You could also use homemade buttercream. Either works great!

Add on a few more sprinkles, cut into bars, and serve!

I think these cookie bars will be the hit of your 4th of July get together! What a fun way to celebrate! 

red white and blue cookie bars.

More 4th of July recipes: 

4th of July Cookies: So easy and made with my FAVORITE cookie dough!

Broccoli Salad with Bacon: Perfect for serving at your cookout!

Crockpot Mac and Cheese: It’s not a cookout without mac and cheese, y’all. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Turkey Burgers: If you’re grilling out, you’ve got to give these a try!

Firecracker Cake: Simply gorgeous!

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Fourth of July Sugar Cookie Bars

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Servings: 16 servings
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of July, easy cookie recipes, easy dessert recipes, party recipes
Calories: 419 kcal

These sugar cookie bars are all dressed up for the 4th of July with sprinkles both inside and out!

Ingredients

For the cookies:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • 2 cups frosting canned or homemade
  • sprinkles for decorating

Instructions

To make the cookie bars:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐ
  2. Line a half sheet pan (15x10x1) with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well incorporated.
  4. With your mixer turned to low, add in the flour, baking powder, and baking soda, mixing until just combined. Stir in the sprinkles.

  5. Press the dough evenly into your prepared pan. The dough is sticky and it will look too thin, but it all works out. Just keep pressing it until you have an even layer over the entire baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until edges begin to turn golden.
  7. Cool completely before frosting and topping with additional sprinkles.

Recipe Notes

This homemade buttercream frosting or the marshmallow frosting from these marshmallow brownies work great!

Nutrition Facts
Fourth of July Sugar Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Potassium 84mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 37g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 11.3%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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