Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars


Cinnamon rolls meet sugar cookies meets a quicker method and what do you get? These amazing Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars. Sugar cookie bars were one of the first recipes I posted and back then I had all these ideas for different sugar cookie bars that I wanted to make. Time went by I sort of forgot about that cinnamon swirl version I wanted to create then suddenly one day I remembered again. Yeah that’s how I work I guess.

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars | Cooking Classy

If you like cinnamon rolls and if you like sugar cookies then put these on your must try list. No, scratch that. Don’t just put them on the top of some list to make them soon. Go make them, right now. Even if it’s 6:00 am :). Okay, really you probably shouldn’t make them for breakfast because you’ll want to just sit down with the entire pan full in front of you with a fork and knife, a napkin wrapped around your shoulders, with a tall glass of milk standing near by – you know start your day out right :). Really these are intended to be more of a dessert but they are completely breakfast inspired. Could we ever get enough of those warm from the oven, cream cheese frosting covered, stick, fluffy and soft cinnamon rolls? I know I can’t so that is why I find a way to make them into something other than just what they are intended to be.

The dough for these is fairly sticky. The first time I made them the dough was more dry and easier to work with, but of course what did that result in? A drier sugar cookie bar. The second time around I added in more moisture and a little less flour – which of course made a sticker dough but a softer cookie with more moisture and a hint of chew. So, just slather your hands generously in butter (consider it your spa experience for the day) and it should be much easier to work with despite it’s sticky texture. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars | Cooking Classy

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars | Cooking Classy


Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: About 16 bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 1/4 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp powdered milk
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter , softenend
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 6 Tbsp salted butter , softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and powdered milk for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl occasionally. Add in eggs one at time mixing until combined after each addition. Blend in sour cream and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Butter and 13 by 9-inch baking dish, then with buttered hands gently press and spread cookie dough into an even layer in dish. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 17 - 21 minutes. Allow to cool completely then frost with cream cheese frosting. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.
  2. For the cream cheese frosting:
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy, occasionally scraping down sides and bottom of bowl. Stir in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in powdered sugar and continue to mix until fluffy.
  4. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Averie Cooks: These look insanely good! I have a sugar cookie/snickerdoodle cookie bar recipe with pink frosting on it that gets popular around Valentines every year….LOL…but this is perfect for fall weather and the cinnamon, cinnamon roll flavor, mmmm – pinned! August 17, 2013 at 11:17am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: Mmm so fun! Loving the look of these bars! August 17, 2013 at 1:21pm Reply

  • Wendy: I follow MANY Food Blogs and have to say you are, by far, my favorite! Thank you for ALL of your delicious recipes!! August 17, 2013 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That is like the greatest compliment ever to me Wendy :)! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like my blog! August 19, 2013 at 3:54pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): 1-these are SUPER pretty. 2-I love how gorgeously cinnamon-packed they are! August 17, 2013 at 4:22pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Amazing! You really do get the best of cookie world and bar world with these. And the sprinkling of cinnamon there as a garnish – GORGEOUS! August 17, 2013 at 9:56pm Reply

  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe: These look oh, sooo good! I love combining baked goods I like to create new flavors and mixing cinnamon rolls with sugar cookie bars is pure genius! These totally scream fall to me :)

    xo, Elisa August 17, 2013 at 10:53pm Reply

  • Renee: These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them. August 18, 2013 at 7:57am Reply

  • Madison: These look amazing…I love cinnamon stuff so much and am bookmarking this to bake soon! August 18, 2013 at 8:54am Reply

  • leah: any substitution for the dry milk?
    these look really good!! August 18, 2013 at 11:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t think there’s really a good substitute for it in this recipe, I added it to give the the light milk flavor that’s in cinnamon rolls (without having to add all the liquid). You’d probably be okay to omit it. August 18, 2013 at 1:49pm Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: These look awesome! I need to definitely try them. August 18, 2013 at 2:52pm Reply

  • Becca @ Crumbs: Oh yum! These look just as yummy yet less fuss than cinnamon rolls themselves August 19, 2013 at 2:05am Reply

  • Madison: Oh yummy yum! These look so good. I love snickerdoodles, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake and anything cinnamon. So these will hit my taste buds beautifully! August 20, 2013 at 8:31am Reply

  • Dina: like a snickerdoodle bar with cream cheese frosting! yum! August 20, 2013 at 12:39pm Reply

  • Michele: WOW. I just made these and they are one of the best cookie/bars I’ve ever had. It is impossible to eat just one. Thank you for posting this recipe!! August 20, 2013 at 4:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Michele! I agree – just one is not gonna happen :). Thanks for leaving a comment! August 20, 2013 at 7:38pm Reply

  • Jenny: Bookmarked for the weekend! Can’t wait to make these, they look amazing. August 21, 2013 at 8:13am Reply

  • Lin M.: I just found this link from a friends Pinterest page. This recipe is the perfect combination of sweetness I love – I hear angels singing! :)
    I am definately going to try this recipe this weekend! August 21, 2013 at 3:56pm Reply

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  • Jett Whitfield: Wow! Found this on Two Peas & Their Pod’s blog. Shared it on Twitter!
    @get2whit August 22, 2013 at 5:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for sharing Jett!! August 22, 2013 at 10:10am Reply

  • Glynis Steel: Looks great, I would love to try these but I don’t have any powdered milk, could I use vanilla protein powder as a sub. What would you do? August 22, 2013 at 7:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would just omit it if you don’t have it and don’t want to make a special trip to the store for it. I wouldn’t recommend the protein powder as I think that could alter the texture of the cookies. I hope you love them! August 22, 2013 at 9:58am Reply

    • Jett Whitfield: Yes please – they look wonderful Jaclyn! August 22, 2013 at 10:04am Reply

  • Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More: I’m just dying over theses Jaclyn! August 22, 2013 at 8:33pm Reply

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen: These look delicious – a cinnamon roll marries a sugar cookie? A nuptial made in heaven – oh yes! August 23, 2013 at 5:34am Reply

  • Tieghan: Amazing! You are so incredible! Every recipe is a triple winner in my book! These bars look so good and my whole family would love them! August 23, 2013 at 8:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Tieghan :)! August 24, 2013 at 7:22pm Reply

  • Deborah: Can you please let me know when a house in your neighborhood is for sale? I would love to be your neighbor! ;) September 3, 2013 at 10:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha, yes :). I’d love to be your neighbor too! September 3, 2013 at 11:56am Reply

  • Jett Whitfield: I love when others post comments so I can pop in and drool again!!! LOL September 3, 2013 at 12:08pm Reply

  • Annemarie Gray: I followed this recipe to the letter and was very disappointed. It looks nothing like the picture. My cake/brownie was horribly dry and crumbly. I am positive I followed the directions. Are the ingredient amounts incorrect? September 18, 2013 at 4:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They definitely shouldn’t be dry and crumbly these are one of the moister sugar cookies I’ve made. It sounds to me like yours may have been over-baked or possible something was left out? September 29, 2013 at 12:47pm Reply

      • Lena: I too followed them to a T. Even removed them from the oven before the toothpick came out completely clean (hoping for a touch soft, ever so slightly gooey) and got incredibly dry cookies. Nothing left out from what you listed, double and tripled checked. Any other thoughts? I really wanted to love these! September 21, 2014 at 11:07am Reply

        • Jaclyn: I would recommend carefully scooping and leveling the flour when measuring and make sure the flour isn’t packed down in the first place. It can be easy to over-measure flour so that is possibly what happened. Sorry that yours were dry though, next time you could even add in an extra 2 Tbsp of butter. October 15, 2014 at 10:34pm Reply

  • Sandra :): I made these a couple of days ago for hubby and the kids – I made them without frosting as that’s how they prefer their sweets (freaks! :D). They were really moist and had just the right amount of “chew” – the pan didn’t last very long :) Recipe has been added to the dessert rotation – they were simple to make (yes, that batter was definitely sticky!) and just right for packed lunches, but they’d also make a lovely dessert for company. Great recipe – thank you! September 21, 2013 at 2:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome :)! September 29, 2013 at 12:54pm Reply

  • Linda: Just found your site in the last week or two and I am loving all the great ideas and fun treats. I’d like to make 20 or more already!!!

    Thank you also for not following the popular trend of posting recipes in all lowercase letters. I’m not sure who started this practice but the loss of accurate grammar is SUCH a sad thing.

    I look forward to enjoying more of your blogs and great recipes!!! September 28, 2013 at 6:58pm Reply

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  • Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen: Can’t wait to try this recipe. Glad I found your blog! October 24, 2013 at 8:26pm Reply

  • Connie: Delicious!!!! October 29, 2013 at 12:30pm Reply

  • Nikki @Seeded at the Table: Made these for a recent Pinterest party with my girlfriends and they were a HIT. A few named them as their favorite of the night. Perfectly delicious! :) November 10, 2013 at 9:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s awesome Nikki! Thanks for letting me know they were enjoyed :)! November 10, 2013 at 9:09am Reply

  • Deb: Just made these for the first time today. Didn’t have the powered milk, so I left that out. I didn’t think it would make too much of a difference, but apparently it might. They’re drier than I would have liked, you can even see it in the pic – I’d post it if I knew how!
    The frosting is delicious though! Thanks! December 6, 2013 at 8:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d recommend using less flour next time and maybe baking for a shorter period of time and that should help :). December 7, 2013 at 10:31pm Reply

  • HG: Can these be prepared ahead of time and frozen until ready to serve? December 9, 2013 at 9:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would be fine as long as they are in an airtight container. December 15, 2013 at 11:02am Reply

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  • robinlexi: I made these yesterday after work. they were so GOOD! I made them in mini muffin tins ( this seems to be my new thing to do in 2015). They were so moist! I stuffed them with Marshmallow crème as I had to transport them and didn’t want to make a mess. They are now a part of the potluck rotation. February 20, 2015 at 7:43am Reply

  • Amanda Hill: Any suggestions for powdered milk substitutions?? June 11, 2015 at 7:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you can’t find it I would just omit it since it’s not crucial it’s more for light flavor to imitate the milky flavor in cinnamon rolls. August 5, 2015 at 11:08pm Reply

  • Eia: I was wondering if there was any way that I could substitute some thing else, instead of sour cream. Thank you so much, the recipe looks so good! February 15, 2017 at 5:41pm Reply

  • Chantele: How long do these stay fresh? I am wanting to make on a Monday night for Wednesday morning 😊 August 2, 2017 at 11:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: They should stay fresh for a couple of days in an airtight container in refrigerator. Then let rest at room temp before serving. August 2, 2017 at 11:39am Reply

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