Lets celebrate America with these yummy, patriotic sugar cookie bars! The best sugar cookie recipe made into a bar, frosted with lots of delicious buttercream, and decorated with simple store-bought gel frosting, these cookie bars will be the hit of your July 4th picnic this summer!
Summer always brings many opportunities for back yard BBQ’s, cookouts, pot-lucks and get-togethers. For the last several years our neighborhood does a July 4th cookout that is always top-notch! Each family brings a dish or two to share, along with lots of burgers and dogs on the grill. We always have plenty of food, friends, beer, yard games, kids running around, and at the end of the night we light our own fireworks. It’s an all-American neighborhood cookout at its best!
As we celebrate America’s birthday, we can always use a yummy red, white and blue treat perfect for the dessert table at our July 4th picnics and pot-lucks. These delicious sugar cookie bars are AMAZING! Similar to my Funfetti Frosted Sugar Cookie bars, these Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars not only taste amazing, but are really easy to make!
The recipe starts with my easy Sugar Cookie recipe. To add a patriotic flare, I’ve added these pretty red, white and blue star sprinkles to the batter. Instead of spending time rolling out the dough, and cutting with cookie cutters, this simple and delicious dough is pressed into a 9×13″ pan and baked. The dough is so simple, it’s typically ready to go before the oven is done preheating!
Once the bars are out of the oven and have cooled, I then frost with a thick, delicious layer of butter cream frosting. To me, this frosting makes the bars extra special! To go along with the patriotic theme, I picked up some store-bought sparkle gel frosting in red and blue. I added alternating lines of the gel to the top of the frosting, about 1/2″ apart, and then used a toothpick to drag through, making the cool design on top.
These bars are really hard to resist! The cookie layer is soft and chewy and the thick layer of frosting makes them amazing! I really love the addition of almond extract to my sugar cookies, which many people love. However, if you don’t prefer the almond extract flavor, simply omit, and replace with vanilla extract.
Here’s the recipe for these amazing Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars:
I hope you get to enjoy a batch of these patriotic treats with your friends and family this summer. They’re the perfect treat for your next summer get-together! Have a happy, safe and fun July 4th, everyone! ~Erin
Ready for some more Red, White and Blue? I teamed up with some of my fellow bloggers and we put together a fantastic collection of everything Red, White and Blue – perfect for celebrating America!