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Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars

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!

Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars with green frosting on a napkin

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?


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


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!


  • 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


  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.


recipe adapted from Today’s Mama


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 296
  • Sugar: 26.3 g
  • Sodium: 274.1 mg
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.7 mg

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72 comments on “Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars”

  1. I was thinking of making these, but then using a cookie cutter to make shamrocks. Would that work for this recipe or are they too thick?

  2. I made these for a party to celebrate my friend graduating with her law degree – a guest said that they taste even BETTER than lofthouse! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I made these & they were delicious however I seemed to have too much batter for the pan & had some spillage. I used the 10×15 like the directions said. Could I use a 9×13 or would they be too thick? Just curious. They were a hit with the family & disappeared quickly. Thanks

  4. These just came out of my oven. Look and smell delicious. They were very easy to make, but very difficult to get spread out in the pan! Can’t wait to frost and taste.

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