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stacked vegan sugar cookie bars

Soft & Chewy Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars with Pink Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 26
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These soft, chewy, and deliciously sweet sugar cookie bars are made entirely without eggs and dairy, and topped with the creamiest vegan cream cheese frosting! No chilling required- all of the sweet sugar cookie flavors without the hassle of cutting out the cookies!


  • 3/4 cup (168 g) unsalted vegan butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup (300 g) organic granulated sugar or coconut sugar*
  • 1/3 cup (84 g) unsweetened applesauce or dairy free yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional, omit if nut-free)
  • 2 1/4 cups (300 g) all purpose flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour*
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 1/2 cup vegan sprinkles, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 batch vegan cream cheese frosting
  • 12 drops vegan red food coloring or beet powder


  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and oil. Measure out all ingredients.
  2. Whisk: In a large bowl, whisk together the vegan butter, sugar, yogurt, vanilla extract and almond extract.
  3. Fold: Add in the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and sea salt, and use a silicone spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet, JUST until the wet are incorporated.
  4. Add in the sprinkles: Pour in the sprinkles, and fold again just until evenly distributed.
  5. Bake: Spoon the dough into the prepared baking dish and use the back of your spatula to spread to the edges of the pan. Bake for 25-26 minutes, or until the edges are just lightly golden. Remove from the oven.
  6. Cool: Cool the bars in the pan for 10 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack to cool COMPLETELY before frosting. There should be no warmth whatsoever! 
  7. Make the frosting: Make the vegan cream cheese frosting according to instructions, adding in the vegan food coloring along with the vanilla. 
  8. Frost and serve! Spread the frosting onto the bars. You can chill the bars for 20-30 minutes in the fridge to set the frosting more before slicing. Sprinkle additional sprinkles on top, slice and serve!
  9. Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container or bag for up to 5 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.


Gluten Free: I recommend using King Arthur measure for measure gluten free flour. It produces the most consistent results!