I love a good sugar cookie! This sheet pan of sugar cookies, with a cream cheese frosting, is the perfect patriotic dessert for Fourth of July or Memorial Day holidays. Add fresh red, white and blue berries on top for these festive 4th of July Sugar Cookie Bars!

easy sugar cookie bars in a pan with white frosting and summer berries

Fruit pizza is one of my favorite summer desserts. It’s so versatile with the berries or fresh fruit you can put on top. This Sugar Cookie Bars recipe is a fruit pizza recipe–with a dreamy cream cheese frosting! I promise, it’s a family favorite, and a real crowd pleaser (serves a lot).

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4th of July Sugar Cookie Bars

I grew up enjoying every kind of summer berry, and many types of desserts that my mom would make. I was the blackberry picker and I’d sell them to my mom’s friends. This dessert has a variety of berries on top, but of course you can add your favorites (strawberries are great, too).

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a baking sheet of sugar cookie bars with frosting and berries

I’m a huge blueberry fan, and when I came across this exert I had written in my journal awhile back from Jack London in 1906, it made me smile.

“I shall never forget the first time I saw blueberries served on the table. I had never seen blueberries before, and yet, at the sight of them, there leaped up in my mind memories of dreams wherein I had wandered through swampy land, eating my fill of them. My mother set before me a dish of the berries. I filled my spoon, but before I raised it to my mouth, I knew just how they would taste. Nor was I disappointed. It was the same tang that I had tasted a thousand times in my sleep.” –The Complete Novels by Jack London

close up of sugar cookie bars in a pan, with fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and white frosting

Why I love this recipe

  • It feeds a lot (up to 12)
  • You can make it ahead
  • Add whatever toppings you prefer (berries, shaved chocolate, funfetti, chopped cookies, nuts)
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Gather these ingredients:

This recipe crust is made up of 5 ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Almond extract

The cream cheese frosting is made up of:

  • White chocolate chips
  • Heavy cream
  • Light Cream Cheese
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How do you make Sugar Cookie Bars

  1. Prep your pan with cooking spray. Grease either a quarter sheet pan, a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, or a 12-inch round pizza pan with cooking spray.
  2. Make the sugar cookie dough with 3 simple ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon—no hand or standup mixer needed!
  3. Press the dough into the baking pan.
  4. TIP: Spray your fingertips with cooking spray as you press the crust.
  5. That’s it—bake and cool!
a baking pan of easy sugar cookie bars (crust) with white cream cheese frosting and fresh summer berries

How to make the cream cheese frosting

  1. Whisk together the frosting ingredients until smooth. I like to melt (on 50%) in the microwave the chips to get them soft, and then do the same for a few seconds with the cream cheese.
  2. The frosting comes together very nice and smooth.
  3. Spread on top of the cookie crust.
  4. Prepare your fruit (wash and dry) and lay down on the bars. Do this while it’s semi-wet, so the berries will stick to the frosting.

Best served immediately, but okay to make a few hours ahead.

a baking sheet of sugar cookie bars with frosting and red and blue berries

Tips and substitutions (ways to serve for various holidays):

  • 4th of July: Festive red and blue berries. Or get creative and make a flag, with white coconut or bananas, and berries.
  • Valentine’s Day: Red cherries, strawberries, or raspberries in the shape of a heart. Or, add anything chocolate, or candy!
  • Easter: Make an egg with fruit or berries or pastel M&Ms.
  • Halloween: Candy corn!
  • Thanksgiving: Use fruit or candy to spell out “GIVE THANKS”.
  • Christmas: Make a wreath or tree on top with candy or fruit.
  • Sugar Cookie Bars are baked on a cookie sheet, and then frosted with a thick white chocolate chip frosting.
  • Change up the frosting color and sprinkles, or the seasonal berries, according to the occasion or holiday!
  • We love this dessert with fresh berries!
  • Dessert should be served within 24 hours (or the crust gets soft).
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge.

How do you serve Cookie Bars?

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Sugar Cookie Bars

The pan size we used was a 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 baking sheet.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 16
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Ingredients
 

Cookie:

  • ¾ cup butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp almond extract

Frosting:

  • 11 oz. package white chips
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, we used light cream cheese
  • Berries: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries

Instructions
 

For the crust:

  • Mix the first 5 ingredients well and press onto a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Bake at 300° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

For the filling:

  • For the filling (next 3 ingredients): Melt the chips in the microwave or stove top; soften the cream cheese. Mix together and add the cream. Stir until smooth. Spread onto the cooled crust.
  • Arrange a variety of berries (or favorite toppings) on top while the frosting is soft.
  • Dessert should be served within 24 hours (or the crust gets soft).

Notes

Reposted from June 2020.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 291kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 136mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 532IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 1mg
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4th of July sugar cookies bars