Orange Cream Sugar Cookie Bars

These tasty sugar cookie bars are perfect for the holidays. This Christmas cookie recipe has a creamy white chocolate frosting and a hint of orange zest for the perfect holiday cookie.

Orange Cream Sugar Cookie Bars
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
48 bars


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoon orange zest

White Chocolate Frosting

  • 2 ounce white baking chocolate, chopped

  • 4 tablespoon whipping cream

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

  • Pinch salt

  • Orange food coloring (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Coat foil with nonstick cooking spray. Set pan aside. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add both sugars. Beat on medium to high until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and orange zest. Beat in flour mixture. Transfer dough to the prepared baking pan. With lightly floured fingers, spread the dough evenly in pan.

  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Spread White Chocolate Frosting evenly over cooled bars. Use edges of foil to lift uncut bars out of pan. Transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bars. If desired, just before serving, sprinkle with additional orange zest.

White Chocolate Frosting

  1. In a small heavy saucepan combine 2 oz. white baking chocolate, chopped, and 2 Tbsp. heavy cream. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. In a large bowl beat 1/2 cup butter, softened, with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Beat in 2 cups powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add melted white chocolate mixture, 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract, and pinch salt, beating on low until combined. Beat in 2 Tbsp. heavy cream, 1 Tbsp. at a time. Beat on medium until very light and fluffy.

To Store:

Place frosted bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
7g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 20mg 0%
Folate, total 15.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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