Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars

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These easy homemade Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars taste exactly like everyone’s favorite store bought cookie! Bake delicious cookies in 30 minutes without the stress!

Can I tell you something?  I haven’t made one single Christmas cookie this year.

I mean, I am constantly making cookies, but none that I can deem Christmasy.

I haven’t created one cookie tray to give to neighbors for the holidays, or even thought about a holiday bake list.

 

I feel like a flunkie-baker.

 

Isn’t the holiday season supposed to be my time to shine?  To pull out all the stops?

Apparently not.

 

You know what I would like?

I want someone to make ME cookies.

Wouldn’t that be nice, HUSBAND?  Cookies for ME?

 

I think I will just give myself a pass this year on holiday baking.

Do you believe me?

Snort.

I’m not a future-teller or anything, but I would bet that if you were to come to my house next Friday around, say…3:00, you will be sure to see me beneath a cloud of flour, smack-dab in the middle of a holiday guilt-baking session.

I know myself.   My resolve is weak.

 

I have to say, though, that these bars I am gonna share with you today, are the perfect treat for those of you who don’t have a lot of spare time (me!), but still have embraced the holiday baking thing.  Just thinking about getting out my piping bags and decorating sugar cookies gives me a meringue-powder-migraine, so let’s keep it simple.

These taste like the famous Lofthouse cookies that are sold at every supermarket…and have a generous layer of buttercream slathered on top. Plus, the recipe makes a whole heck of a lot of bars, so one batch will go around the block and back!

Your neighbors will be happy to get a plate of these 🙂

 

The batter is insanely delicious.  I might have had a spoonful or 20.

Prepare a jelly roll pan (15×10) by lining it with foil.  Spray it very lightly with cooking spray.

Spread the batter evenly on your pan…it’s sticky stuff.

Bake it for 20 minutes until the edges begin to golden.

On a side note…I am loving my new Frigidaire Gallery Range Double Oven for all the non-holiday baking that I have been doing. What’s so great about it is that even for small batches of cookies it’s really perfection.  Preheating goes faster and I can still fit multiple cookie sheets in the top oven alone!

Moving on, let your bars cool completely before frosting.

Now make some buttercream.

You can tint your frosting any color you’d like.  I like to add my coloring into the mixer and mix it up that way.

Then spread it all over. You’ll use about 3 cups of frosting…but I’m not gonna set a limit on you here.  I’m not one to turn away frosting.

You’re done!  If you want to fancy the bars up with sprinkles, knock yourself out!

Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars.

Click here for my favorite buttercream recipe.

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Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 12 Bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description:

These easy homemade Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars taste exactly like everyone’s favorite store bought cookie! Bake delicious cookies in 30 minutes without the stress!


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a jelly roll pan (15x10x1) with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. In your mixer cream butter, cream cheese and sugar together. Add in egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  4. With mixer on low, add in your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Mix until just combined.
  6. Press dough evenly into your prepared pan. (dough will be sticky)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until edges begin to golden.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.

Notes:

recipe adapted from Today’s Mama

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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72 Responses
  1. These look so good!!

    Also, just wondering – do you still use the email address you have listed on you ‘contact me’ page (cookiesandcups@live.com)? I sent you an email but haven’t gotten a reply … just wondering if you have a new email address?

    1. shelly

      How weird! I didn’t get the email, and yes I use that address. When did you send it? It’s possible it went to my spam folder, as I have my filters set high. I get a ton of junk. Send me another one and then leave me a comment and I will check immediately 🙂 THanks!

  2. What I really love about these is that you can tint the color for any holiday and use fun sprinkles for that holiday, too! I’m thinking chocolate with Halloween sprinkles at Halloween and green or red with Christmassy sprinkles for Christmas. These would be great Easter bars.

    It’s like an all-in-one recipe. If they’re half as good as they look…. which I’m sure they are. Recipes don’t post here unless they’re dangerously good.

  3. I was just thinking about these cookies the other day…they look so good!!!

    I’ve not made holiday goodies for my house yet either. I keep telling myself tomorrow. And then tomorrow. And then tomorrow…

    It. Will. Happen.

  4. Oh I do know the cookies you are speaking of from the grocery store. Yours look just like them except they are square. Thank you for sharing! I cannot wait to try these.

  5. I have baked for a LOT of cookie swaps but have frozen exactly ZERO cookies for future cookie trays…so I think that kind of makes me a flunkie also. Oops.

    maybe that cloud of flour will extend from NJ to NYC and cover both of us?

  6. I love that you made cookies in bar form. Bars are soooo much faster and easier than cookies; total time savers.

    And the flavor of these…mmmmm, perfect. Love the THICK frosting layer.

    “I feel like a flunkie-baker.” <— umm, hardly. Your stuff is the most re-pinned stuff on pinterest that I see!!!!

  7. Sometimes I wish I would come home from work and there would be a pile of cookies just waiting for me… or bars. Would you like my address? You can ship me some. Im juuuust sayin!

    1. shelly

      You cream it in with the butter, it’s there in the instructions…but I have had glitches before, so let me know if you can see it 🙂

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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