Frosted Funfetti Cookie Bars

Soft sugar cookie bars loaded with rainbow sprinkles and topped with pretty buttercream frosting. Frosted Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars are easy to make and perfect for sharing with friends!!
Frosted Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars

I wanna talk about friends.
GOOD friends. Best friends. Friends that you can call at 2:30 in the morning with your latest freak out. Friends that know all your inside jokes. Friends that you can converse with in a room full of other people, never ever saying a word. Friends you can share your kitchen with like an old familiar routine (and those aren’t easy to come by!). Meridith’s Christina,Monica’s Rachel OR Monica’s Phoebe OR Phoebe’s Rachel, Annie’s Lillian  … you understand, right?

funfetti sugar cookie dough

I was reading THIS article the other day and it really tugged at my heart strings because once upon a time I had a friend like the one she describes.

And we were ridiculous. Completely silly. And I felt certain that we’d be the best of best of friends until we were super old with walkers and enough hair dye to cover up the gray.

Things change, life happens, time passes on; she bought a far-away house and then I moved farther away. But we were still on the phone all the time, bouncing ideas off of each other, reciting mundane tasks and grocery lists.

I know when the problem started. And then it just… COMPOUNDED.

pink buttercream frosting

I think that a big part of being a good friend and having a good friend is keeping it real. I mean RILL.

If I’m about to make what you think is a big gigantic monumental mistake and your feelings are coming from a good place, then SAY SO!!! And if I eff it all up anyway then bring me wine and chocolate and gloat when you say, “I told you so.” Because at least you told me and you’re here to pick up the pieces. You know?

Sooooo… if you’re my friend and you keep letting the same lame dude hurt you over and over and over again for like going on two years now and I say, “He’s stupid,” when you cry, and, “He doesn’t deserve you,” when your heart is broken (AND I’M RIGHT), then you should know it’s because I love you to pieces. Not because I want you to hide it all away and quit calling.

Frosted Funfetti

Just… hypothetically, you know?

Also- if I make career changes and try to pursue things that are important to me… if I decide to remember what it is to be creative and run with a rare opportunity, as my friend you are supposed to support me. You’re supposed to tap into your social network and champion me!!! Because I’m your friend. Unless I totally suck at it. If I suck, see above.

And you know what? Friends that have only ever read my words, INVISIBLE INTERNET FRIENDS, who’ve never heard my voice or witnessed my mannerisms or been bribed with buttercream frosted cookies – they GET that. A best friend should get that, too.

Frosted Funfetti Cookie Bars

For all of you that show up here every day, or some days, or even just a few days out of the blue— I made these cookie bars for you. We might not be emergency contact friends, or too much wine with dinner friends, or let’s take Thursday nights off of work for like 2 whole years so we never miss an episode of Friends friends (Johanna… I’m talking to you! #2002), but we ARE friends. And I dig you.

Frosted Funfetti Cookie Bars
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Serves: 24
  • Funfetti Cookie Bars:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup sprinkles
  • Buttercream Frosting:
  • food coloring if desired
  • more sprinkles for decorating
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of the butter, the granulated sugar, and the brown sugar until creamy and smooth.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined completely.
  6. Mix in the sprinkles.
  7. Press the dough evenly into a 9 X 13 pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the center is slightly firm and the edges are a little golden brown.
  8. Let the pan of cookie cool completely.
  9. While it cools, make the buttercream. Beat the ½ cup of butter with the powdered sugar. Add the 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Splash the milk in 1 tablespoon at a time to reach the desired consistency. Add the food coloring and beat the frosting until smooth.
  10. Spread the frosting over the cooled cookie bars and then top with more sprinkles. You can very gently press the sprinkles into the buttercream so they'll set.

This recipe was COMPLETELY inspired by THESE Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars at The Baker Chick. I used THIS super crazy perfect sugar cookie recipe from Averie Cooks. Ladies- you are so cool.

Frosted Funfetti Cookie Bars


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  1. says

    I love that you baked the dough in a pan! So much easier than making individual cookies! I have a sugar cookie bar/snickerdoodle cookie bar recipe with inch-thick :) pink frosting and sprinkles, too! This reminds me of those, too! but with sprinkles! YAY!

    Thanks for trying my recipe & putting it to creative use! They look delish!

    • says

      Ohhh my gosh, Averie- these cookies were so so so so so great! Exactly as you described; chewy and sweet and buttery- not your standard dry sugar cookie by any stretch. Thank you for the recipe! I’m gonna hafta go find that inch-thick pink frosting now…

  2. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says

    Haaaay Internet Friend!! I think these cookie bars are adorbs!! I wish I had one and its only 6am :)

  3. Peggy Campbell says

    I miss Renee. She is that kind of friend. Too far away. We both love feeding the birds. Keep doing what you are doing. You are good at it. Sometimes friendships don’t last forever. or they come back but Are just not the same. Keep pushing on with your creative self. You have got it together.

  4. says

    It’s 11pm, I’m needing to post-“date” eat then crash out after a week of being ill, and change my nail varnish before tomorrow (I know, I KNOW!) so I’m sending some virtual cookies (see, not even biscuits!) back at you, and a proper comment mañana!

  5. Pam says

    Gotta say, I’m seriously addicted to your blog! I love the down to earth, tell it like it is, fun style of writing and your recipes make my mouth water!

  6. Lindsey says

    You totally have your sisters!!! I feel so lucky to have a sister friend like you that I can always count on. And I am totally making these for my team this weekend!!

    • says

      Where IN THE WORLD would I be without my sister friends? So so so lucky to have my girls. These were, without a doubt, my favorite sugar cookies ever. Let me know how they turn out!

  7. says

    Dude she sucks!! And you know what YOU deserve better than her!! You’re kind and considerate of others and always supportive, you’re a great friend! Let her move on with her life…karma always comes back around, you know what I mean? You’re 100% better off without morons like her. I have friends like her too…and I’m not even wasting my time with them anymore. The ones that actually give a sh*t are the ones you don’t have to convince to stay, and the ones that matter are the ones who ask you how your day was and actually care about what you say instead of waiting for you to stop talking so they can tell their story…those are not friends, those are selfish losers who need no place in your life, and that is what she is!

    I’ve always believed in this quote:
    Reason, Season, or Lifetime

    People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
    When you figure out which one it is,
    you will know what to do for each person.

    When someone is in your life for a REASON,
    it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
    They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
    to provide you with guidance and support;
    to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
    They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
    They are there for the reason you need them to be.

    Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
    this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
    Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
    Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
    What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
    The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

    Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
    because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
    They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
    They may teach you something you have never done.
    They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
    Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

    LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
    things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
    Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
    and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
    It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

    — Unknown

    I think the majority of friends we make in our lives are seasons…they’re around for a while and then they disappear. There’s only a few that end up being lifetimes, and the reasons to me are the ones you end up working with or randomly meeting at an event. If a friend is meant to be just a season you can’t make them into a lifetime…which sucks 99% of the time because you emotionally bond with these people, but you’re better off in the long run!

    I love your blog and you’re the bomb!!! You’re one of my best friends and I don’t care that we’re ‘internet friends’ because one day we’re gonna party it up like rockstars!!! Keep your head up and know that we all love you!!

    BTW I LOVE pink frosting…these look fabulous!! I love your stories and the fact that you opened up your life to all of us….the recipes and pictures to me are just the bonus!!

    You only live once…do what makes you happy, and leave the rest behind you.

  8. freepennypress says

    Oh these look fun to make & fun to eat.. as for your friend, don’t give up on her.. keep praying (even if from afar) she finds the strength to leave “lame dude”..she’s already at a low level if she’s putting up with him, don’t add to it..
    take a step away and just think good thoughts for her.. as for these cookies, Let’s EAT!!

    • says

      Hey, Lynne :) I’ve not given up. Sending good thoughts her way all the time. There’s more to it than I could really break down in a blog post- hurt on my end, self-involvement on hers, but I hope hope hope sometime soon she’ll come around.
      These cookies. Holy moly. I love them. The marraige of these few recipes TOTALLY worked here- hope you’ll try them!

  9. says

    So, I totally tried to comment on this earlier, but my computer is conspiring against me! BUT, I feel for you…I’m lucky that my bestest Lisa and me still call (or in my case, text because I have an aversion to phones) when we need to cry/moan/celebrate etc. but not the way we used to…(plus, I feel bad, because I think she would support me, but I don’t think she’d understand – I don’t ever talk to her about my art or creative dreams/longing/whatever) But, I also know sometimes times change, people change and things wax and wane – Lisa and I went through a spell years and years ago where we didn’t see each other or speak for years, we met up again completely randomly one night (by which point she had a three year old, so it really was a prolonged and life changing break!) and things were the same as ever…except they never are. I’m lucky that here I found another one of those friends-for-life (or if not life a really long time) I think, but my point is – it sucks that friendships don’t stay the same, I miss how it used to be, I hate that things have changed in different ways for us meaning that the way we see stuff has changed too (whether we think so or not) I’m glad that I have new friends, but I don’t expect them, and I definitely don’t expect them to be quick in the making (for the first year we were here, Katie and I were totally not close friends) and I know when I move again next year, things will shift again. Life does that, sometimes it does it in a good way by throwing us new friends and sometimes it sucks by making the friendships we already have change for what seems to be the worse. But, either way – in the midst of all this rambling, I am sending a tonne of invisible internet hugs (plus the news that I have started something mail-able) and this , because I totally get the Friends and friends who love Friends thing (I FORCED my friend Jenny – who is possibly the most amazing person EVER – to watch this in Year 7 of school, she was dubious and then became the biggest Friends nut I’ve ever met and we share so many Friends-related jokes!)

    • says

      Rachael– I never properly replied to this super awesome comment. I have a bad habit of reading things when I’m too busy to reply, but all excuses aside, you should know I heart you so much!!I am a big fan of hugs- invisible internet ones included. This post was a piece of my last grab at keeping a dear friend that’s been gone from me for awhile. I thought she’d read it (she didn’t). I wrote her an email because our phone conversations had been so superficial and forced as of late, her only telling me nonsense and leaving out all the important things, and it was a DISASTER. She sent me what I can only describe as hate mail. I seriously cried for two days (I get my feelings hurt pretty easily but this was off the chain horrible). It was the meanest thing I have ever ever read. Sooo… delete. And that sucks. But, I guess she hasn’t actively been my friend for a pretty long while. I completely agree that while you can kind of go back to the same, that your view on life tends to change. I’m glad you made such great friends where you are in addition to the ones you get to keep from back home. I am also getting mailable things in the works! So don’t move anywhere until you get it. Okay? Okay. Jenny, your Friends friend sounds wonderful. YOU are awesome. XOXO :)

  10. says

    Hmm. Cookies aside, I feel you here. Relationships are complicated. In the end, they are a two-way street. You can’t sustain them by yourself, and if the other party isn’t willing for whatever reason, you have to let it go. I am in this process with a dear friend; my best friend, actually. If you don’t have your bestie anymore, then what? Our lives and circumstances have changed, and we are both busy. But the long phone calls we used to have are still totally do-able. Yet, it just isn’t happening. So I don’t know what to do; I can’t make her love me or miss me like I love and miss her. I guess I need to budget some time to physically go to see her (a 3 hour drive); it’s complicated, and there isn’t really any place for me to sleep in her house anymore, nor any privacy for us to talk, due to an invasion of relatives (she’s a good egg for helping them out). Maybe if I just show up anyhow and sleep on the floor, the gesture will make the difference between us rekindling our relationship or not. Someone has to try or we will never know. I have been trying to let go for over a year and I still haven’t managed, though I know it’s probably the only answer. Like a spoiled child wanting one of those cookies you baked, I want her in my life and I guess I am throwing a hissy over not wanting to let her go! She’s like family to me, better than family, because we chose each other. How do you just let someone that important go? I’m right there with you, Heather…:-)

    • says

      Susan– HI!!! I’m so sorry I never got the chance to properly respond to this comment. It definitely takes both people to make the friendship work. I tried and tried and then tried some more. I had to let it go. But like you, it had been eating away at me for awhile. If you’re still in the lame limbo then try again! Sleep on the floor. Drag her out for a glass of wine and a slice of cake. It’s hard but it’s so important. My friendship ended in umm… basically hate mail (not from me, from her. I am super careful not to say things I’ll have to take back.). Nice way to wrap up 8 years, eh? Anyway, it is what it is, but if it can be salvaged then save all you can.

  11. says

    You know what Heather? You are my friend and I love these cookies. I can taste and appreciate them in an interwebs way that only webby friends can. After my son was born and I quit my regular job to be a work-from-home mom, I sort of lost the rhythm of general socializing with girlfriends. Then my girlfriends got busy, married, moved away…and lots of times I’d feel lonely and like a loser. But after I started blogging and met all you wonderful people- you, Rachael, Ameena, Anita, Michelle and more others- I really looked forward to logging on each night after my son fell asleep to see what everyone was upto, what they were saying. And I think it’s great that we can all be friends without being in each other’s face physically- denotes a deeper intellectual connect! Oh and I love these cookies, again 😀

    • says

      Meenakshi I feel exactly the same way. When the kindness of strangers trumps the self-involved people around you, find solace in the strangers! Seriously though– I’ve made some fantastic friendships through this blog. It’s really the best part! Make these cookie bars. They are soooo amazing.

  12. Lindsey says

    These bars are out of control!! Thank you soooo much for my surprise box of deliciousness… I feel loved. :)


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