Halloween sugar cookie bars are so easy to make and way faster than rolling and cutting sugar cookies! They’re easy to decorate, too.
You’ve seen those sugar cookie decorating videos online, right? The absolutely mesmerizing ones you can’t look away from? While I admire the artistry involved, I have one overwhelming response to those cookies: ain’t nobody got time for that! In fact, I’ve been avoiding making sugar cookies lately because even though they taste amazing, they take a long time! All that rolling and cutting and baking sheet after sheet of cookies…honestly it’s hard for me to devote an entire afternoon to a dessert that doesn’t even involve chocolate.
Last week I decided to try something new (for me, at least). I made my mom’s famous sugar cookie recipe into sugar cookie bars, and they turned out great! Mix, bake, and frost, and about an hour later I had 48 sugar cookie bars just waiting to be shared with friends. I even added a few extras to turn them into Halloween sugar cookie bars.
Making these was so fast! I mixed up the dough and pressed it into an 11×17 inch cookie sheet with high sides (also known as a jelly roll pan). Twenty five minutes later it was cooked through – no need to refrigerate the dough or worry about rolling it to the right thickness or anything!
Same soft, cakey cookie with delish cream cheese frosting, just in bar form:
I sliced the cookie bar into quarters before frosting with four different colors. Each color got cut into 12 bars for 48 total bars.
Watch this quick video to see how I made them:
Sugar cookie ghosts: just white frosting and a couple of candy eyes.
Sugar cookie pumpkins: orange frosting, green m&m, candy eyes.
Sugar cookie Frankenstein: green frosting, melted chocolate chips piped for hair, candy eyes, and brown m&m bolts.
Sugar cookie bats: purple frosting, candy eyes, and an Oreo, split and sliced in half for wings.
These would look pretty cute out on a tray for a Halloween party!
How to make Halloween sugar cookie bars
Sugar Cookie Bars
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1 cup Butter
- 3 Eggs
- 6 tablespoons Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 5 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/2 cup Butter Softened
- dash Salt
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- 3 teaspoons Milk
- 6 oz Cream Cheese Softened
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
- Add eggs, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
- Press into a greased 11x17 cookie sheet with high sides (jelly roll pan).
- Bake 20-25 minutes until top is just barely beginning to get golden brown and center feels cooked through.
- Beat all the ingredients together until they come to frosting consistency. Cool cookie bar completely before frosting.
Note: Once you have sliced and decorated the cookie bars, you will want to keep them in a covered container so the edges don’t dry out too much. If you have lids for your large cookie sheets you can spread the bars out between two cookies sheets and put a lid on to keep them fresh.
Looking for more fun Halloween treats? Try these: