Peanut Butter Frosted Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars

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Chocolate chip sugar cookie bars, slathered with creamy peanut butter frosting. This is what sugar cookie bar dreams are made of!

The Bug loves cookies. And chocolate. The Bug also loves peanut butter, and he also has no attention span. So for Mama Monday and the kickoff of #CookieWeek, the perfect recipe for he and I to bake together is Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting!

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Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting - an easy Christmas cookie recipe to make with the kids!

Welcome to Cookie Week my little cookie monsters! Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen and Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic have joined together this week with 23 of their blog friends to present to you a week of cookie treats! We have every type of cookie recipe you can think of listed this week, including something for our furry friends!

Now is the time to bookmark these recipes for the upcoming holidays and cookie swaps!

Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting - an easy Christmas cookie recipe to make with the kids!

Last year I told you about The Bug’s issues with baking, and why instead of the more detail oriented drop cookies or cut out cookies, we opt for Sugar Cookie Bars. Well this year I wanted to come up with a new version. And since it is something he and I do together, I wanted to use some of his favorite ingredients. And while I rave up and down about how much he likes things like cauliflower and roasted broccoli and salmon, but really, all he wants is chocolate chips and peanut butter.

One time. ONE TIME The Hubby made him a waffle with peanut butter and chocolate chips on top for breakfast, and now he asks for it all the time. Much to his disappointment, he gets a bowl of yogurt and fruit or some oatmeal. Sorry kid.

But, you know, cookies are a special treat, and I mainly only bake cookies for Christmas, so Christmas Cookies are a really special treat. Since these are destined for the freezer till closer to Christmas, they are, technically, Christmas Cookies! So I figured I’d turn plain old Sugar Cookie Bars in to The Bug’s Ultimate Sugar Cookie Bar – which naturally meant chocolate chips and peanut butter frosting!!

And of course his favorite part – sprinkling some mini chips and sprinkles on top! OK, I lied. His favorite part is eating them.

Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting - an easy Christmas cookie recipe to make with the kids!

I think my oven is heating unevenly, but to tell you the truth, I kinda love underdone cookies!

Look how seriously he takes his sprinkling duties! And how proud he was of the finished product! (Really he was just trying to get close enough to take a bite of what he thought was one giant cookie all for him. He did get to sample one or two, but the rest are now frozen till late December!

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Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting - Chocolate chip sugar cookie bars, slathered with creamy peanut butter frosting. This is what sugar cookie bar dreams are made of, and they're fun & easy to make! | |

What is your favorite cookie to bake during the holidays or for cookie swaps?

Chocolate chip sugar cookie bars with peanut butter frosting on top.
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Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars slathered with creamy peanut butter frosting are sure to be a hit with the whole family. This simple sugar cookie recipe is an easy one for kids to help out with!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes


For the cookies:

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature (or 2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Peanut Butter Frosting see below, or whatever frosting you like
  • Optional sprinkles mini chocolate chips or peanut butter cups, etc.

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (or 1 stick)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk


For the cookies:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F and grease or line a 13×18 inch baking pan with parchment paper (I use the parchment to make them easier to remove).
  • Sift or whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine the butter and sugars in a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and cream with stand mixer or hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  • Add the vanilla and mix well.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread the dough on the prepared pan (I spray a spatula and sometimes my hand with cooking spray to do this).
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean (it won’t look done, so use the toothpick test).
  • Cool completely, then frost and decorate as desired.
  • Cut into small squares.

For the frosting:

  • Beat together the butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy.
  • Reduce speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar.
  • Increase mixer speed, and add milk, 1 T at a time, to achieve desired consistency.
  • Beat until light and fluffy.


Sugar Cookie Bars adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Peanut Butter Frosting is from The Real Housemoms
Makes 6-7 dozen cookie bars.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 133IU3%
Vitamin C 0.001mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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    I love baking plain Gingerbread Cookies in all sorts of Christmas shapes; then I frost them for my son, nieces, and nephews ????????

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    My favorite cookie to make for the holidays or anytime is Sugar Cookies! I love that you can use cookie cutters and decorate accordingly for any holiday with Sugar Cookies!

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  8. My oven can be a little bit like that sometimes too, Brianne, so I try to remember to rotate the pan part the way through. “Try” being the operative word. 🙂 Your little helper is so cute! This summer I baked with my little six-year-old nieces and I think more sprinkles went in mouths than on cupcakes or sugar cookies. 🙂

    I love your cookies bars with that peanut butter frosting! Bars are so much quicker to bake too.

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    My favorite cookie to back with the kids is the candy cane sugar cookies with red and white dough twisted in the shape of a cane. The kids love to help!

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      1. Jennifer D.

        Here you go! No idea where she got the recipe but this is how I find it on my computer 🙂
        Jeanne Bruffy Gerber’s Date Skillet Cookies

        1 C butter or margarine
        1 C. brown sugar
        1 ½ C. pitted, chopped dates
        1 tbsp. vanilla
        1 egg, well beaten and at room temp
        3 C. crispy rice cereal
        About 3 C. shredded coconut

        Cook butter, sugar, salt, and dates over low heat until pasty, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool or you will cook the egg. then add vanilla, egg. Mix well. Return to low heat and cook for 2 minutes. Cool a little, then add cereal. After mixture has cooled so you can handle it with your hands, form into 1 inch balls and roll in coconut. Store in
        air-tight container.

  12. I’d have that big grin on my face too if I was staring at that big pan of cookie bars like the bug! Wow these just look insanely good. I’ll take a dozen. 🙂

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