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Sugar Cookie Bars with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Sugar Cookie Bars with Vanilla Bean Frosting I have a sort of love/hate relationship with sugar cookies. Well, hate is much too strong; I guess it’s more of a love/fear relationship. So many times I’ve sugar cookies only to find them dry, bland, and disappointing.  Plus, they’re usually a ton of work to make! These Sugar Cookie Bars with Vanilla Bean Buttercream are pretty much the opposite of those cookies. They are super easy to make, and they taste so good! Both the cookies and the buttercream are sweet and buttery with a nice vanilla flavor. So, you get all of sugar cookie goodness without all of the effort.

Also, there are links to eight other great cookie recipes below if you’d like even more cookie goodness. Now, on to cookie week…

Sugar Cookie Bars with Vanilla Bean Buttercream


Sugar Cookies

  • 1 c . butter , at room temperature
  • 2 c . granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 T . vanilla extract
  • 4 c . all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp . baking powder
  • 2 T . cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp . Kosher salt

Vanilla Bean Frosting

  • 1 c . butter , at room temperature
  • 1 T . vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk (enough to make a spreadable consistency)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan. Set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy and well-combined.
  3. Add eggs and yolks. Beat until eggs are well-incorporated, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Add flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Stir until just incorporated.
  6. Add batter to prepared pan.
  7. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are very light golden brown. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
  8. Let the bars cool in the pan until they reach room temperature.
  9. To prepare frosting, beat butter until fluffy.
  10. Stir in vanilla paste or extract.
  11. Add powdered sugar and salt, and mix until combined.
  12. Stir in enough milk to make a spreadable frosting.

recipe lightly adapted from Love and Olive Oil

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  • Reply
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
    November 13, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I love that I can still enjoy a sugar cookie without all the work! Especially if vanilla bean is invovled.

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      November 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Thanks! I love vanilla bean, too! Those little guys make anything taste fantastic! =)

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    November 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I kind of feel the same way as you with sugar cookies! When I take one, I want to bite into a soft and pillowy cookie, not something that crumbles beneath me! I think these fit the bill though!

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    November 12, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Simple and sweet – just the way a sugar cookie should be.

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      November 13, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Thanks! =)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    November 12, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I usually feel the same way about sugar cookies, but I can tell these bars are different-they’re special. That vanilla bean buttercream=heavenly!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    November 12, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I have problems with sugar cookies, too. I love these bars! I bet they are loaded with vanilla flavor. Yum!

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