Vanilla Sugar Cookie Bars

Vanilla Cookie Bars

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Vanilla Cookie Bars

I really wanted to post these earlier this week, but things have just been TOO crazy with little Coco-bean. But I couldn’t resist sharing these with you.

Vanilla Cookie Bars

They were the brain child of reader Kristin, who thought to transform these Candy Cane Sugar Cookie bars into green minty treats for St. Patrick’s day using green starlight mints. I thought it was such a great idea, that I decided to re-invent them too- but just as plain old Vanilla Cookie Bars.

However, it turns out plain old Vanilla cookies are pretty dang great.

Vanilla Cookie Bars

I tinted the frosting green and added green sprinkles because I just had to indulge myself and the kids for St. Patty’s Day.

Vanilla Cookie Bars

In case you are doing something fun, or even just having dinner with the family, this would be a fun dessert for Sunday’s festivities!

Vanilla Cookie Bars

Other recipes for your St Patrick’s Day Fun:

The Guinness Series:

Guinness Cheddar Biscuits Chicken Guinness Vegetable Soup Dark Chocolate Guinness Cookies Guinness Brownies Chicken Guiness Pot Pie Guinness Float

Guinness Cheddar Biscuits

Guinness, Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cookies

Guinness Brownies

Chicken Guinness Pot Pie

Guinness Ice Cream Float

The Green Series:

Spinach Totellini Soup Creamy Basil Pasta Salad with Peas and Feta salsa verde Spring Salad Brussels Sprouts Pesto Green Macaroni and Cheese IMG_0035 Crab and Spinach Ravioli with Chili Oil

Spinach Tortellini Soup

Creamy Basil Pasta Salad with Peas and Feta

Salsa Verde

Spring Salad

Brussels Sprouts Pesto

Green Macaroni and Cheese

Beet Arugula and Goat Cheese Pizza

Crab and Spinach Ravioli

Recipe: Vanilla Cookie Bars

Summary: makes 24 bars


  • -1 cup butter
  • -½ teaspoon salt
  • -¾ cup powdered sugar
  • -2 egg yolks
  • -2 1/4 cups flour
  • Vanilla Frosting:
  • -½ cup butter
  • -3 cups powdered sugar
  • -1/3 cup milk
  • -2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • -2 drops food coloring (optional)
  • -sprinkles (optional


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter, salt and sugar. Add the yolks and mix well. Add the flour and mix until you have a uniform dough.
  3. 3. Press the dough evenly across the bottom of the pan.
  4. 4. Bake the dough for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove and let cool.
  5. 5. While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting:
  6. 6. Combine all of the frosting ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer and whip until fluffy and light green (or whatever color you desire.)
  7. 7. Transfer all of the frosting to the cooled sugar cookie dough and spread evenly.
  8. 8. Immediately sprinkle with the candy sprinkles and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  9. 9. Slice into bars and serve.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 12 minute(s)

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  1. Gail says:

    I’m going to use these without the icing as a base for banana pudding

    • Gail- If you get a second- let me know what that recipe looks like! Banana pudding with a sugar cookie bar base sounds wonderful!

  2. Vicki B says:

    These look incredible! Having so much fun going through this list of recipes. Hope little Cocoa is on the mend. Kids are so resilient. Years ago my kid’s pediatric nurse said to me she could always tell how sick a child was by how exhausted the parents were.

    • Amen to that Vicki! I look like I got hit by a truck :)

  3. Tieghan says:

    WOW! these are so delicious looking and seriously all the other recipes you posted are awesome! I cant just choose one!

  4. Heather, these look simply yummy!!!

  5. Amanda says:

    Yum! These bring me back to my childhood! Such a simple treat, but an easy delight! I love the green hue! I hope you don’t mind, but I used one of these pictures for one of my weekly features (all credit to you with it, of course!) Thanks for the yummy share!

    You can see the post here:

    Can’t wait to read more of your blog. :)

  6. Amy says:

    THANK YOU! I can’t wait to try these!!! I will change them with the seasons- I can see them at EVERY holiday! 😉 I am thrilled to find a non-cream cheese frosting.