Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars topped with fluffy lemon frosting and sprinkles are a fun dessert that everyone will love. Easy treat to make for potlucks, picnics, and parties!!!
Recently I started using a sugar cookie body butter and boy, does it smell amazing!
Let’s just say that’s not the best idea when you are watching what you are eating and trying to stay on track with healthy food to coat yourself in cookie smelling lotions. Why?
Because the smell of the lotion slathered on your body will cause you to want to gnaw your arm off, instead of eating more broccoli. Ok, maybe that’s a little drastic, but seriously, this lotion is amazing smelling stuff!!
Although, I really do not recommend using it before working out. I was running one day, and I kept smelling marshmallows. It took me a while to realize that the marshmallow smell was actually coming from me.
Do you know what else is pretty amazing? Being able to make and frost sugar cookies in less than an hour!
Do you love making sugar cookies, but feel like you do not have enough time to roll, cut, bake, and frost every single cookie? I know the struggle. Or I just know how lazy I am about having to roll out cookie dough…
Maybe one of these days I be inspired to cut out these Cinnabon Sugar Cookies again. Until I get that urge for cute shapes, I will be making sugar cookie bars in a pan every.single.time.
They are so much easier and faster! Plus, they are so easy to change up and customize your flavors.
Sugar Cookie Bars
Since we are not spending time rolling out dough, cutting cookies, baking, frosting, and then cleaning up a big mess, we have time to think up new and fun cookie bar flavors.
Over the years we have added different flavors to different frosted cookie bars.
Pineapple and coconut adds a fun twist to these Pina Colada Sugar Cookie Bars!
Use your favorite color of sprinkles to make these Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars. Lots of sprinkles make these easy traditional cookie bars so fun
Trust me when I say these Salted Caramel Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars are amazing. Soft chocolate cookie bars topped with a homemade salted caramel frosting will disappear in a hurry
I’m a fan of s’mores all year long. So these S’mores Sugar Cookie Bars with gooey marshmallow frosting and chocolate candy bars always make me smile.
These Vanilla Unicorn Sugar Cookie Bars have been a fan favorite ever since we shared them. Swirls of colorful frosting and lots of bright sprinkles make these an easy treat to share
Have you thought of any other flavors that would be delicious in an easy cookie bar? I have a few other versions here on the blog and also swirling in my head.
This time I decided to make a pan of easy lemon bars using my sugar cookie method. Since The Best Lemon Bars always get rave reviews, I knew another lemon bar recipe would be a hit.
How to make Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars:
Make sure to set out the butter out ahead of time, so it is soft when you start to make your cookie dough.
Spray a 9×13 pan with with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Beat the butter and sugars until light and creamy. Add the lemon juice and egg and beat again.
Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt and slowly mix it into the butter mixture.
Spread the cookie batter into the greased pan with a spatula and bake for 14 minutes. Let them cool completely.
Now the lemon cookie bars are completely delicious as is, so if you are anti-frosting and sprinkles, go ahead and dig in.
But if you want to add even more lemon flavor to these easy lemon cookies, I suggest a batch of this fluffy lemon frosting!!!
Homemade Lemon Frosting on Lemon Bars:
- Beat the butter, lemon juice, and salt until creamy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream until light and fluffy.
- Spread the homemade frosting on the cooled bars.
- Next add lots of colorful sprinkles and yellow sanding sugar to the top.
Adding lemon juice to the dough and the frosting is the perfect way to add a little bit of cheery goodness to these lemon sugar cookies.
Other easy cookie bars you may like:
- Congo Bars
- Gooey Oreo Brownie Bars
- Salted Butterscotch Bars
- Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars
- Peanut Butter S’mores Bars
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For the Cookie Bars
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- colored sprinkles
- yellow sanding sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick baking spray.
- Beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg and lemon juice and beat again.
- Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly mix this into the butter mixture until a soft dough forms.
- Spread the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 14 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Beat together the frosting ingredients until creamy. Spread on the top of the cooled bars.
- Top with desired amount of sprinkles and sanding sugar. Cut into 24 squares. Store in a sealed container on the counter.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g
*The post for these Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars was originally published on March 27, 2015. It has been updated and republished on February 4, 2019.