Sugar Cookie Cookie Butter Bars

These Sugar Cookie Cookie Butter Bars are a decadent but easy dessert with the rich and wonderful tastes of cookie butter!
These Sugar Cookie Cookie Butter Bars are a decadent but easy dessert with the rich and wonderful tastes of cookie butter!

Have I told you about “Yellow Car” yet?No?There is probably no better way to demonstrate to you how we are turning our child into a crazed competitive game player than by the story of “Yellow Car.” I’m not exactly sure when or how it started, but I think it was last summer.  Whenever our whole family was in the car we would play this game where everyone got a color car and you had to call it out when you saw your color.  The more cars you saw and called the more points you got.Because we aren’t total monsters, we allowed Gavin to have the color red.  Do you know how many red cars there are on the road??  I always had yellow, and Nathan always had orange and because Gavin and I are super generous, we gave him a second color too . . . . purple.

These Sugar Cookie Cookie Butter Bars are a decadent but easy dessert with the rich and wonderful tastes of cookie butter!

Needless to say, Nathan lost, pretty much every time.  And Gavin always won.   And Nathan, while he can tolerate (just barely), losing to Gavin, losing to me was pretty much unacceptable. So he would start making up rules.  Adding and taking away points on a whim.  This rubbed off on Gavin pretty quickly. Before long, we would hear from the backseat: “Daddy, that wasn’t really the right color orange.  Negative eight thousand points!” “Red stop sign, ten million extra points for me!” “Mommy, are you even playing any more??”

These Sugar Cookie Cookie Butter Bars are a decadent but easy dessert with the rich and wonderful tastes of cookie butter!

We had to put a ban on “Yellow Car.”  It was getting too ugly. But . . . . then today, when Gavin and I were in the car, he saw like eight red cars at a stop light, and asked me if I wanted to play “Red Car.”  And I figured . . . . well, that’s not even the same game.  It doesn’t even have the same name!  Surely this won’t be a problem . . . It’s kind of like these bars.  You know that too much of it isn’t entirely healthy, and it might cause some bad habits, like licking your plate or yelling “NEGATIVE TWO MILLION POINTS!” but it’s so good, you just can’t help yourself.

These Sugar Cookie Cookie Butter Bars are a decadent but easy dessert with the rich and wonderful tastes of cookie butter!

Seriously, these bars turned out better than I could have imagined, but that’s not a huge shock with such a good sugar cookie recipe and the addition of Cookie Butter.  Be sure to bring them to room temperature before cutting into them, cut small pieces given how rich they are, and if you are going to teach your child to be super competitive, then at least try to teach them the value of sharing by not eating the whole pan yourself. Or just make the bars at night and hide the evidence. In your belly. **Edited to add:  Cookie Butter (pictured here) can be found at Trader Joe’s.  Another variety is Biscoff Spread which can be found at Walmart and Target!  Happy Eating!!** 

Sugar Cookie Cookie Butter Bars


  • For The Sugar Cookie Layer*
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • For the Cookie Butter Layer
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup cookie butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • For the Chocolate Layer
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. On medium low speed, beat the butter and sugar for about three minutes, until it is light and fluffy. Then add the vanilla, and one egg at a time, combining for about thirty seconds after each addition.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture until it is well combined, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as necessary.
  5. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Let it cool on the counter for about 10 minutes, and then put it in the refrigerator for a half hour.
  6. While the Sugar Cookie layer cools, make the next layer. Soften the butter in the microwave for about thirty seconds. Add the cookie butter and put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds at half power. Whisk in the powdered sugar until it is smooth. Put it over the cooled (it does not have to be completely cooled) sugar cookie layer, and spread it until it is even. Put it back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.
  7. While the Cookie Butter layer cools, melt the butter and chocolate together, either over low heat on the stove top, or in the microwave on half power. Once the Cookie Butter layer is set, spread the chocolate layer over it and let it set for another 30 minutes to an hour.
  8. When yo go to cut the bars, make sure they come to room temperature, or the chocolate will crack and break.

*Based on America’s Test Kitchen’s Sugar Cookie recipe

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    • says

      Tara, it’s this amazing butter made from cookies!! Like make peanut butter, but take out the peanuts and add cookies instead! :O You can buy it (as “Cookie Butter”) from Trader Joe’s or (as “Biscoff Spread”) from Walmart and Target!

  1. says

    Lisa, I LOVE these! I might have to make a batch of these to take to work one day. I wouldn’t be able to keep them at my house. I might eat too many of them!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  2. says

    You are quickly becoming one talented dessert blogger! We, sadly, play the “dead deer” game on the way to and from Illinois. But in my defense, there is not much to do on that stretch of 90! BOR-ING. The husbands are always the car game cheaters, aren’t they?!?

    • says

      OMG. Just laughed so hard I spit out my breakfast! LOL. That is AWESOME Sarah. You are a mom of boys, that is for sure. Totally something we would have done in my family growing up. 🙂

  3. says

    Hmmmm… I am thinking of making these today, but may try reducing all the butter in it. 😉 You are getting all Paula Deen over here with 4 sticks of butter, lady! lol! I will let you know how it turns out.

  4. says

    From Canada our Wal-Mart has no Cookie Butter, never heard of it, and Target just opened but provinces away. Is there something else I could use. Love your recipes BTW.
    Hugs, Doe

    • says

      Kim, this is maybe my favorite comment so far on this post! And I totally agree. I usually send off the desserts I make for the blog with my husband for coworkers or with my son for his teachers, but this one I totally kept a ton for myself and just sliced off a little bit each night for like a week. 🙂

  5. says

    You have totally enamored yourself to me with your yellow car story! We have played that game – but only with yellow cars – with our kids for years! I know exactly where all the Penske lots are and that usually guarantees me the win on those trips!

    These bars look amazing. Usually cookie butter is reserved for apple dipping in my house – I have to temper the bad with a bit of good! But we are harvesting right now and I am going to make these despite there being a POUND of butter in the recipe. My hard working guys deserve some decadence!

  6. Shaily says

    I was visiting my boyfriends family last weekend made these to take over there.. As soon as I got they were gone in about 5 minutes! They were such I made a second batch that same day! Thanks for the amazing recipe! Looks like I’ll be making these a lot from now on 🙂

  7. Shelly says

    It seems like there must be a typo in the topping. 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup chocolate chips? It seems like that would just taste like butter. A couple of tbsp of butter should do it so the chocolate will set.

    I can’t wait to try these, and yes, I will eat the whole pan myself!

  8. Leigh says

    I found my way to your blog looking for a recipe for something with Buffalo chicken. Typically me, I wound up on the Cookie Butter page. OMG. I cannot wait to make these!!!

  9. MM says

    I was looking for a recipe to use up some cookie butter I have left and I was glad I had pinned this one awhile ago. (For some reason I feel less guilty about cookie butter when I put it in another recipe rather than eating it straight out of the jar 😛 ) I halved the recipe and made them in a 9×9 inch pan baked for about 16-17 minutes and they turned out great!

    • says

      Lol! I’m so glad you liked them! And smart to just halve the recipe too, since this is such a eat the whole pan tiny slice by tiny slice kind of recipe, lol!


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