Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars

Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars

Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars – The BEST July 4th Cookies!

Lets celebrate America with these yummy, patriotic sugar cookie bars!  These July 4th cookies are made into a bar, frosted with lots of delicious buttercream, and decorated with simple gel frosting. One of the best red white and blue desserts you’ll find on the internet! 

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Red, white and blue sugar cookie bars, decorated with red and blue gel frosting, placed on a white platter

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!  The perfect way to end this day is with some amazing Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars.

Here’s how these patriotic, 4th of July dessert comes together

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!

Step 1: Start with the Sugar Cookie Dough and pressing into a 9×13″ Pan

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 cookie 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!

Sugar Cookie Bars FAQ’s:

Why are my sugar cookie bars dry? It’s likely because they were baked too long. Ideally, the sugar cookie bars should bake for just 19-22 minutes or until golden brown. Any longer and the bars will become very dry and hard.

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!

Step 2: Let the sugar cookie bars cool to room temperature, mix the frosting

Once the cookie bars are done baking, let them cool to room temperature.

Use this time to mix the frosting. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter, room temperature
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract
  • Powdered Sugar

Using a hand or stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla and almond extracts. Next, gradually add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl. The consistency of the frosting should be smooth and slightly thick.

Evenly spread onto the cooled sugar cookie bars.

Sugar Cookie Bars FAQ:

Why is my frosting lumpy? It’s likely because your butter was not at room temperature, and still too cold. The butter MUST be soft and at room temperature in order to make a smooth, lump free frosting.

Photo collage of using red and blue gel decorating frosting and creating a herringbone stripe on the sugar cookie bars

Step 3: Decorating the sugar cookie bars using gel frosting

Once the frosting has been evenly frosted over the bars, the next step is to make the decorative herringbone stripes using red and blue decorating gel. You can find almost any color of decorating gel at your local supermarket or discount stores near the cake decorating supplies.

Start with alternating the red and blue gels in evenly placed lines all the way across the pan. Next, using a toothpick drag a line in the opposite direction, going back and forth evenly over the gel lines. You’ll achieve this pretty red and blue stripe on top of the white frosting.

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!

The bars are now ready to slice into squares. To cut the bars, use a clean knife and clean the knife in hot water and wipe with a paper towel after each cut.

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!

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.

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!

Here’s a quick-reference shopping list for the ingredients you’ll need to make these fantastic sugar cookie bars:

  • Butter – 1 lb.
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Almond Extract
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Sprinkles – red white and blue
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Gel Frosting – red and blue

For exact amounts and complete directions, be sure to reference the recipe card below.

Frosted sugar cookie bar with bite taken out of it. Decorated with red and blue stripes and red white and blue sprinkles.

If you loved these delicious Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars, be sure to check out some of my other delicious cookie and bar recipes:

Red White and Blue Sugar Cookie Cake

Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie Bars

Funfetti Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

 

Here’s the recipe for these amazing Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars:

Nutrition

Calories

345 cal

Fat

11 g

Carbs

61 g

Protein

3 g
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Serves 20 bars

Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars

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!

20 minPrep Time

22 minCook Time

42 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. patriotic sprinkles or jimmies
  • For Frosting:
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp. milk
  • Red Sparkle Gel frosting in a tube (like Wilton Brand)
  • Blue Sparkle Gel frosting in a tube (like Wilton Brand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13" cake pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
  2. For the cookie dough: With a stand or hand mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla and almond extract and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients (about 1 cup at a time) to the wet ingredients, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Dough will be thick and slightly stiff. Fold in the sprinkles to the dough.
  4. Using your hands, press the dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 19-23 minutes until just golden brown. Do your best not to overcook, as the bars will become hard and overly crisp. (20 minutes seems to be the ideal time.) Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
  5. For the Frosting: With a hand or stand mixer, cream the room temperature butter along with the vanilla and almond extract. Gradually begin adding the powdered sugar one cup at a time, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl. As the frosting gets stiffer, add the milk one Tbsp. at a time as needed. Spread the frosting over the cooled bars. Add alternating lines of the red and blue gel frosting, about 1/2" apart. Using a toothpick, drag through the lines of gen to create a herringbone design.
  6. For easy cutting, refrigerate the bars until just before cutting and serving.

Notes

Serving: 1 2"x 2" bar, recipe yields approximately 20 bars/squares Recipe can be made with any color of frosting and an combination of gel decoration and sprinkle colors. Would be great for a birthday or any holiday celebration.

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seafood free
sulfite free
sesame free
mustard free
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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

Red white and blue sugar cookie bars with white frosting. Bar with bite taken out and bars on platter and stacked on table.

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!

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Comments

  1. These are so fun and they look so yummy!! Absolutely perfect for 4th of July! Pinned!
  2. Hi, Erin! These cookies look beautiful and fun! :)
  3. Amy Carver says
    What is the secret to the clean cut?
    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
      Refrigerating the bars so the frosting is more firm. A big, sharp knife is key. Once you make one slice, wipe the knife clean with some hot water and paper towel. This will help ensure you get a nice clean cut each time. Enjoy! ~Erin
  4. carolyn says
    Do they need to be refrigerated because of the icing? It looks unbelievably yummy!
    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
      Not necessarily. I do keep mine in the fridge prior to cutting, as it makes it easy to cut. However, you don't need to store in the fridge. Room temp is fine. Enjoy! ~Erin
  5. Jennifer says
    A friend made these for our 4th celebration. They were an unmitigated hit. Everyone loved them and I will be making them again soon.
    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
      Awesome!! So glad everyone loved them. You really can't go wrong with a delicious treat on July 4th. Enjoy the rest of your summer! ~Erin
  6. I made these yesterday for a Memorial Day picnic. They're awesome and great for any patriotic holiday.
  7. To make for the next day should I wait to frost it or frost it and then refrigerate over night or store on counter?
  8. Oh Erin - these are so pretty and festive! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!
  9. Those cookie bars look delicious!
  10. These perfectly cut bars are picture perfect and look delicious!
  11. Oh my goodness! These look amazing! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week.
  12. I love all the red white and blue food! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - hope the rest of your week is great!
  13. Wow, these sugar bars are just perfect for the 4th. Pinned and they are my feature at Over The Moon Linky party today. Hugs, Bev

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