Sugar cookie bars are made for I’m too lazy to roll out and frost individual cookies. These gluten-free vegan sugar cookie bars can also be made in one bowl! (VIDEOS INCLUDED!) Plus, bars are double the thickness of rolled cookies #winning. These soft sugar cookie bars are topped with a sweet non-dairy vanilla buttercream, making these a perfect addition to any celebration. These are also free of: gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanuts & tree nuts, making them top-8-free as well!
My obsession with sugar cookie bars started years ago before we had any dietary restrictions thanks to Six Sister’s Stuff. They had me hook, line and sinker! I still sometimes make them for family and friends. After the success of my chocolate chip cookie bars, I started to fantasize about tweaking it to achieve sugar cookie bar status.
Sugar cookies are just such a beloved, classic cookie. The addition of food coloring and sprinkles make them an ideal chameleon for any time of year. I just loved the green frosting–because it’s perfect for St. Patrick’s day, or for Easter because it reminds me of the fresh grass springing up.
I love spring because it’s when we’re able to finally play outside after months of being cooped inside. I live in Utah, and while our past few winters haven’t been terrible, I look forward with anticipation for warmer weather. I’ve always been this way, but since having kids I’m even more so. I notice such a difference when they can run around and expend their energy outside. The great thing about spring is that it’s warm enough to play outside, but not too hot so you can still bake. I always wonder if I’d enjoy spring as much as I do now if we ever move away from somewhere that has winter. Winter can be long, but it SURE makes you appreciate spring!
I just let my son have a “cookie party” as he calls it with these cookies (aka sharing it with a friend). He got his favorite neighbor, his partner in crime, and they put the three-wheeler down long enough to eat enjoy this thick, delicious cookie. I love my little test subjects!
I hope you, and any test subjects or guests you have also enjoy these Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars for a sweet treat this spring.
If you’d like to see a video demonstration of how to make these Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars, I had fun showing Fox13’s The Place how to make these, and share a few food allergy tips as well! To see the video, click on the still photo below, or watch it from my Facebook page:
I love sugar cookies especially around Christmas. Honestly–these gluten-free vegan sugar cookie bars are great any time of the year, as you can dye the frosting to match any season or holiday. Here’s a fun and easy way to decorate them for Christmas time. Simply keep the frosting white and top with your favorite red, white and green sprinkles:
And just because I love these Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars SOOOO much, I also did an overhead video showing you just how to make it, in a quick 1-minute video to prove how truly easy and fail-safe this no-roll, one bowl sugar cookie recipe is! Watch it on my Youtube here, or below:
Want more gluten free vegan cookies?
Because my son has an allergy to wheat, dairy and eggs, all of my baking is gluten free and vegan! You can look at my gluten free vegan cookie recipe index, or here are some of our favorite cookies to whip up that you’ll love too:
- Gluten Free Vegan Roll Out Sugar Cookies (because sometimes you want to make certain shapes!)
- Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Orange Cookies
- Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten Free Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten Free Vegan Black & White Cookies
- Gluten Free Vegan Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
Gluten-free Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars (No roll, one bowl!)
Much easier than rolling out individual sugar cookies, and twice the thickness. Topped with a dairy-free "buttercream" these soft top 8 free bars are delicious!
- COOKIE INGREDIENTS:
- 3/4 cup dairy-free, soy-free shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons vanilla rice milk
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 and 1/2 tsp. Ener-G egg replacer
- 1 and 1/2 tsp. double acting baking powder
- 2 and 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
- One batch of: The BEST Dairy-Free Vanilla Frosting
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment beat shortening until soft. Add in the sugar and cream for two minutes. Add the vanilla extract and all of the rice milk until smooth.
- With the stand mixer on a slow speed, slowly add the dry ingredients one at a time starting with the salt and going all of the way down the list. Mix until blended.
- Pour the batter into a greased 9x9 square pan, pressing down to flatten and fill the space. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan.
- While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting by creaming the shortening and coconut oil in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Once mixed, add the vanilla, salt, and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. Then, alternate a bit of the rice milk with 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar until you've used all of them and the frosting is creamed. Add in coloring, if desired. Frost the cookies and cut into bars.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g
Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Bars adapted from: my chocolate chip cookie bars
I made this for Easter. There was a guest who had multiple food sensitivities and could only eat a handful of things. I had her look over the recipe and showed her the labels of the brands I used and she was able to eat it! She even went back for seconds! We all liked this. My kids are begging me to make it again
That’s the best when you can help your guest out like that. She’s so lucky to have such a thoughtful host. I’m so glad it worked for her and that everyone enjoyed it. Makes me so happy!
Hello, how can you replace the shortening in this recipe?
I’d first recommend finding a shortening that could work for your diet, before you switch completely. There’s shortening made out of animal, soy and palm. If you can’t do any of those, you could try a safe butter. I’ve never personally done that, but would think it should work.
Thank you for the recommendations! And I also want to say how much I appreciate that your recipes are not only vegan, but nut free as well! I have a nut and dairy allergy and am always looking for alternatives that cater to both, and you have found a way to do this, so thank you so much for sharing these yummy allergy friendly recipes!
DAWN M DILORENZO
Do you think the egg replacement could be replaced with a real egg?
For sure! you should be able to swap in real eggs in all of my recipes 🙂
I am so so so in love – especially with that frosting! I am a total FROSTING girl!
Yes, frosting is definitely the best part! 🙂
Can you use apple sauce in place of the egg replacer?
Hi Katie. I haven’t tried it in this recipe, but I do use applesauce as the egg replacer in my roll out sugar cookies. I would think it would work. https://allergyawesomeness.com/allergy-friendly-sugar-cookies/
Brianna H (@FlippinDelish)
These are so fun! My daughter’s preschool class would love them for St. Patrick’s Day.
Thanks Brianna! Yes, they’re so easy to just cut into squares and share.
What a delicious allergy-friendly treat!! Love it!
Thanks Keeley!! 🙂
Those look delicious! I love cookie bars. 🙂
Thanks Raia! I’m quite addicted to them!