sugar cookie bars

simple sugar cookie bars | A Dash of Mum

I love baking with my little monkey so much, I think it’s a great learning experience for him plus we always have a blast when we’re in the kitchen together, it’s one of the things I hope to pass along to my children.  So far, so good, because the minute I’m in the kitchen getting measuring cups out, M drags his little chair over to the counter, stands on it and gives me the biggest smile.

Baking with small kids (M is almost 2) can be… challenging.  I make sure to chop up some veggies or fruit for him to snack on while I work away and I find this helps keep little fingers out of raw eggs and such.  I let him help scoop flour or pour milk, little things like that.  I think he mostly enjoys just being there with me and watching what I’m doing though 🙂

Anyways, the other day we baked a pan of these sugar cookie bars.  I made these last year too and they were such a hit.  I adore baking actual sugar cookies, but these bars are super easy to make, much quicker to throw together, and require zero chilling.  You must try these – they taste amazing!

simple sugar cookie bars | A Dash of Mum

Sugar Cookie Bars


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour (sift before scooping so the flour is light & fluffy)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla and mix together well.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine baking powder, salt and flour together.  Add in thirds to mixer, incorporating well after each addition.
  4. Grease an 8×8 pan and spread dough evenly.
  5. Bake 20 minutes (or until edges are light brown).  Cool completely before icing.

I made a simple frosting for these cookies and didn’t have any food colouring handy, so I have white  cookie bars this time.

For Frosting

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • tiny splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tb milk
  • pinch of salt
  • icing sugar

In a mixer, use the whip attachment to whip the butter until fluffy, add vanilla and approximately 1/2 cup of icing sugar.  Mix well and add milk and salt, then keep adding icing sugar until icing is thick and fluffy.

simple sugar cookie bars | A Dash of Mum

I’m not going to lie, these are already gone and I’m planning on baking another pan for us to enjoy some more! 🙂

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