Galaxy Sugar Cookie Bars

Step into the cosmos with these visually stunning Galaxy Sugar Cookie Bars that promise to elevate your dessert game to celestial heights. These treats, brimming with color and sparkle, are not just delightful to taste but are a feast for the eyes, making them perfect for parties, special occasions, or as a fun baking project with kids.


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Various food colorings of choice
  • Edible silver stars for decoration
  • Edible glitter for decoration
  • White chocolate for drizzling


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking pan with parchment paper and lightly grease it with cooking spray or a dab of butter to facilitate easy removal of the bars.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup of butter and the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. This step is crucial as it helps incorporate air into the dough, making the bars lighter.
  3. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Mix in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is incorporated before adding the next. Mix until just combined to maintain the texture.
  4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. This ensures even distribution of the leavening agents, preventing any uneven rise during baking.
  5. Merge and Color: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring after each addition until the dough is smooth. Divide the dough into several bowls, adding different food colorings to each. Aim for vibrant colors to mimic the mesmerizing hues of a galaxy.
  6. Create the Galaxy Effect: Take turns pressing small portions of each colored dough into your prepared pan. Use a skewer or the tip of a knife to swirl the colors gently together to create a marbled, galaxy effect.
  7. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are just starting to turn golden brown. Avoid overbaking to ensure the bars remain soft and chewy.
  8. Decorate and Serve: Once baked, allow the bars to cool in the pan for a few minutes before lifting them out onto a cooling rack. Once cool, drizzle with melted white chocolate, sprinkle with edible silver stars and glitter for that extra cosmic touch, and then cut into squares.

Nutritional Information

Each bar contains approximately 180 kcal, making them a delightful treat that doesn’t overindulge the calorie budget.

  • Non-stick Is Key: Ensure your pan is well-greased or lined with good quality parchment to prevent sticking. This makes removing and cutting the bars much easier.
  • Color Creatively: Don’t hesitate to experiment with different color combinations and swirling techniques to create a unique galaxy effect each time.
  • Cool Before Cutting: Let the bars cool completely before slicing; this helps achieve clean, sharp cuts without smudging the colors.

These Galaxy Sugar Cookie Bars are not only delicious but also an artistic expression in edible form. They’re sure to dazzle at any gathering, capturing the imagination and taste buds of anyone who sees and tastes them. Enjoy your journey through the cosmos with each bite!

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