These soft and sweet funfetti sugar cookie bars are the perfect dessert for your next celebration. These soft, tender cookie bars are topped with a crunchy sugar crust.
You're going to love this recipe for Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars because they are soft, moist, and making them is a cinch. Plus, who doesn't love a sprinkle-filled cookie bar?
Do you love a classic soft sugar cookie? This bar version is just as delicious. These sugar cookie bars are moist, tender, and have a crunchy sugar crust on top.
Perfect for your next birthday party, family gathering, or celebration.
Ingredients and substitutions
Baking is an exact science, so I don't have many substitutions to offer for this recipe. Each ingredient serves its purpose, so I don't recommend omitting anything (other than the sprinkles if desired).
Rainbow jimmies are the best sprinkles to bake into any baked good. While stirring them into the batter, their colors don't run like some other sprinkles will. Use any color of jimmies sprinkles to match the occasion - red and green for Christmas, pink for Valentine's day, or your favorite sports team's colors for the Sunday game.
Unsalted butter and salt can be substituted with salted butter.
Make sure you're using baking powder for this recipe, not baking soda. The two ingredients are not interchangeable and baking powder must be used for this recipe.
Make ahead and storage
Dessert bars are perfect to make a day or two ahead of an event. Because you can leave them whole in the pan, they lose less moisture than if you were to make individual cookies.
Keep your bars whole and they'll stay fresh for several days. Keep them tightly sealed in a container until you're ready to serve them, then slice into individual portions.
Have extras? Store them in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.
Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup rainbow jimmies sprinkles
- ¼ cup granulated sugar (reserved for topping)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs until light and fluffy, about a minute.
- In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until combined.
- Add rainbow sprinkles and stir to combine.
- Pour into prepared pan and use a spatula to spread evenly to the edges. Batter will be thick.
- Sprinkle up to ¼ cup of reserved granulated sugar evenly over the top of the batter.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes, then test with a toothpick for doneness. Insert toothpick into the center of the pan. If toothpick comes out with wet batter, the bars are not done. Continue checking every 2 minutes. If toothpick comes out with a few crumbs, then the bars are done. Bars will be lightly browned around the edges and beginning to lightly brown on top.
- Place pan onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely before cutting and enjoying.