How to “Tie-Dye” Sugar Cookie Bars


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Yet another short-cut recipe. This Sugar Cookie Bar recipe has been all over the world wide web and I clung to it because one; I love sugar cookies, two; I hate rolling, cutting, baking, and frosting them. Too much work. And then they break. Grrr. With this little recipe I am able to bang out about 5 dozen cookie bars all frosted beautifully in one fell swoop. I thought “tie-dying” them would look pretty cool for Easter and Spring-time.


To decorate cookies, reserve 2 cups frosting to remain white. Separate the other 3 cups into 1 cup individual portions and color each as desired. Spread the pan of cookies with 2 cups white frosting. Place the other 3 colors in their own pastry bag- no tip needed- or zip top bag with a small hole cut from a corner.


Pipe the 3 colors over the white frosting in an alternating pattern.


Cover with plastic wrap and smooth frosting using your hand.


Remove wrap and using a chopstick, score vertically through each color every 1/2 inch being sure to alternate directions. Wipe chopstick between each pass.


Cover with wrap again and smooth the new lines following the direction in which they were scored.


Store covered in the refrigerator until frosting is set. Cut into about 60 bars and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator or feezer. Bring to room temperature before serving.


Sugar Cookie Bars- adapted from My Baking Addiciton
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
5 cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

In a large mixing bowl cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy and smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Sift dry ingredients together and add to sugar mixture in small amounts. Mix batter until all flour is incorporated. Press into a large greased jelly-roll pan, 11×17 inches. Bake in 375 degree oven for 12 minutes.

Buttercream Frosting
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
3 T. light karo syrup

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and salt then one cup powdered sugar at a time, scraping down sides until well blended. While mixer is running on medium-high speed add in karo and beat frosting until light and fluffy. Makes about 5 cups frosting.

Note- You will use all of this frosting. The cookies are very thick and need that thick layer of frosting. It is a great ratio, trust me.

He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed,
Have a Blessed Easter.


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33 Comments

  1. avatar EAT!
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 6:55 AM | Permalink

    Putting on my tie dyed tshirt and making these for Easter.

  2. avatar Kelly
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 7:57 AM | Permalink

    Super cute! I've had my eye on that cookie recipe for some time now. I love the tie dye effect – lots of fun!

  3. avatar Greg and Donna
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 8:59 AM | Permalink

    Beautiful cookies and they look relatively easy! My girls will love this. Maybe they can do this over the weekend. I'll let ya know how they turn out! Thanks Robin. I hope you have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday with your family!

  4. avatar Laura
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 9:43 AM | Permalink

    That is a totally awesome way to decorate the sugar cookie bars! I'll have to give it a try

  5. avatar Fallon
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 10:34 AM | Permalink

    mmm those look like heaven!!! I love sugar cookies but the frosting is usually my favorite part. This recipe is definitely getting bookmarked!

  6. avatar Sandy
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

    Who eats all of this deliciousness? LOL.

    So fun and Easter-y! :)

  7. avatar ~Molly~
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

    how did I miss something called Sugar Cookie Bars??!! YUM!! And so festive too!

  8. avatar Natalie
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 1:26 PM | Permalink

    wow–so fun! you could do this for so many diff things–team colors, other holidays,love it! thanks for the great tutorial too

  9. avatar Maria
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

    What a fun idea for spring!

  10. avatar TeaLady
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    How cute is that??

  11. avatar Grumpy & HoneyB
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 2:17 PM | Permalink

    I love this!!!!

  12. avatar oneordinaryday
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

    So festive! You just can't go wrong with sugar cookie bars, can you? Delicious!

  13. avatar grace
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 3:50 PM | Permalink

    brrrrrilliant! the end result is simply stunning and so pretty. you're my short-cut guru, robin sue. :)

  14. avatar theUngourmet
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 5:27 PM | Permalink

    This is too fun! Thanks for the step by step instructions! You have a blessed Easter as well. :)

  15. avatar Melissa
    Posted 03/31/2010 at 9:15 PM | Permalink

    These were delicious! Thanks for sharing. I think I'm going to make a batch. =)

  16. avatar the domestic mama
    Posted 04/01/2010 at 5:58 AM | Permalink

    U keep seeing these everywhere and must make them… they look heavenly!

  17. avatar Ingrid
    Posted 04/01/2010 at 9:41 AM | Permalink

    I already had this recipe because you know I'm not about cookie baking. BUT I didn't have any brillant ideas on decorating them other than a bit of frosting. Thanks! I'll be giving this a try. I know a fifth grade class that would enjoy these!!
    ~ingrid

    Hope you and your family have a blessed Easter!

  18. avatar biz319
    Posted 04/01/2010 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

    Wow – those look delicious Robin Sue – perfect for Easter!!

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

  19. avatar Karen
    Posted 04/01/2010 at 3:51 PM | Permalink

    I used to love to tie-dye clothing when I was a teen! Beautiful Easter colors!

  20. avatar Anonymous
    Posted 04/01/2010 at 9:54 PM | Permalink

    Am doing this for Easter Party at work Sunday! And DD thinks Black and White would be v. nice too.

  21. avatar Lisa
    Posted 04/02/2010 at 12:29 AM | Permalink

    This is way cool! I love playing with frosting. I'm very tempted to make these but know I'll end up eating them all.

  22. avatar Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Posted 04/02/2010 at 2:20 PM | Permalink

    I love your short cuts Robin!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

  23. avatar tasteofbeirut
    Posted 04/02/2010 at 11:37 PM | Permalink

    How fun! I will remember this technique next time! Thanks!

  24. avatar Penny
    Posted 04/03/2010 at 7:59 AM | Permalink

    Happy Easter Robin Sue. Love this recipe and I bet your kids did too.

  25. avatar dawn
    Posted 04/05/2010 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

    i loved these last time and am thankful for the frosting tips. never would have thought of doing it that way.

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