Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars


Nothing says summer like a refreshing fresh lemon dessert! We all know I’m a sugar cookie addict and yes I’ve already posted a lemon sugar cookie but I’m starting to convert to making sugar cookie bars more often because they are easier and they don’t require dough to be chilled, plus they are easier to travel with for parties.

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These are definitely one of the best sugar cookie bars I’ve ever tasted! They are brimming with vibrant lemon flavor. This isn’t one of those “hmm what’s this flavor I can’t quite put my finger on it?” desserts. With one small little nibble you’ll know they’re lemon. If you are making them for your kids and they don’t love a strong lemon flavor you can cut back on the zest and omit the lemon extract, but for the true lemon lover leave them just as they are. I absolutely love fresh lemon in anything so these were incredibly hard for me to resist, I kept going back and trimming off little piece after little piece the entire day. Not to mention they are so soft and moist. They are Lofthouse style cookies turned lemon sugar cookie bar – and they’re made with real butter none of that margarine (and countless other additives) you’ll find in the Lofthouse cookies.

I’ve already made these twice and I’m sure I’ll make them many more times this summer. I dare say they are my new favorite summer cookie and they will likely become yours too! They’re perfect infusion of lemon flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture is simply dreamy!

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Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

5 from 1 vote

A delicious sugar cookie recipe made in bar form and flavored with bright lemon. A fun summery treat everyone will enjoy!

Servings: 20
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups (354g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (210g) granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 10 Tbsp (5 oz) unsalted butter, softened partially*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups (297g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Yellow food coloring and sprinkles (optional)


  1. For the bars:
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 13" x 9" baking dish, set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  4. Add sugar and lemon zest to the bowl of an electric stand mixer and with your fingertips rub lemon zest with sugar until sugar is slightly yellow and fragrant. Add butter and whip butter and sugar mixture until pale and fluffy. Stir in egg then egg white. Add sour cream, lemon extract and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Slowly add dry mixture and mix just until combined.
  5. Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray or rub with butter and gently press mixture into an even layer prepared baking dish. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and bars are set, about 15 - 16 minutes. Cool completely, then frost add sprinkles and cut into squares.
  6. For the frosting:
  7. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until light and fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice and mix until light an fluffy. Tint with food coloring if desired.
  8. *You want the butter to still be cool, this is so the dough isn't too warm and sticky to work with when pressing into the baking dish.
  9. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sugar Cookie Bars
Author: Jaclyn
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  • Lisa: Making these right now for a bake sale! The batter and now the icing tastes so lemony I can’t wait to try it all together. Thanks for posting and for the decorating ideas. Love the mini lemon slices on top! November 19, 2017 at 9:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks! Hope you love it! November 20, 2017 at 11:26am Reply

  • meemz: Hello,
    Can I use yogurt instead of the sour cream? March 27, 2016 at 12:44pm Reply

  • kat: oh so pretty!! hate to cook these days, but you just might turn me around with all the “easies and quickies”!!!

    also, could these be made with the rolled sugar cookie dough – if so, would you just let it sit at room temp and squish into the pan?

    Thanks! September 21, 2015 at 4:02pm Reply

  • Amanda: How long can these keep? Also, do I only frost them before serving?
    I’m having a great time trying out all your lemon recipes, they are all so delicious! :) September 15, 2015 at 8:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: They’re good for probably about three days and you don’t need to wait before serving to frost. I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my lemon recipes :)! September 15, 2015 at 9:10am Reply

  • Stephanie freeman: Do you think these would freeze well? June 19, 2015 at 6:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: As long as they are stored well in an airtight container they probably should. June 20, 2015 at 10:26pm Reply

  • Tracy: Thanks for letting us sample these! They were delicious. June 16, 2015 at 4:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Of course :)! I’m glad you liked them! June 17, 2015 at 10:43pm Reply

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