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Patriotic Swirl Sugar Cookie Bars

posted by Julie Evink on June 26, 2013

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Can you believe the 4th of July is right around the corner?

It’s my one long weekend at the cabin over the summer and I get super pumped to do nothing but hang out with the family, going out on the pontoon and this year take Miss K to the beach! I know she will love it. She’s our little fish that’s for sure.

Another thing I get excited about is all the festive Red, White & Blue treats and crafts that come out of the woodwork in Blog Land. I really thing that it might be even more exciting than the Christmas treats that are everywhere in December. I must have some strong American roots! Well as strong as they can get when you relate them to food, but hey I relate everything to food. Kind of a job hazard.

If you are looking for a super easy, but festive treat that will wow everyone at your 4th of July party then here’s your treat! These bars are soft and amazing but way less work than sugar cookies, but they are just as impressive!

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

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Patriotic Swirl Sugar Cookie Bars

Preparation 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Serves 20     adjust servings



    • 1 1/2 C. Sugar
    • 1 C Butter, softened
    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1 Egg
    • 1/2 t. almond extract
    • 1 t. vanilla
    • 1 t. baking powder
    • 1/2 t. baking soda
    • 2 1/2 c. Flour
    • Red Food Coloring


    • 1/4 c. butter, softened
    • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
    • 2 c. powdered sugar
    • 2-3 T Milk
    • 1/2 t. vanilla
    • Blue Food Coloring
    • Patriotic Sprinkles


    1. First beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar and egg until nice and frothy. This will take about 4 min.
    2. Add vanilla and almond extract. Beat about 1 min.
    3. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat about 2 min. It will be light and fluffy. Separate half of the dough into a small bowl. Add red food coloring and mix well.
    4. Alternate large spoonfuls of dough (i.e. red then white, then red) into greased jelly roll pan. Smooth out dough and run knife through it to swirl it. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.
    5. Frosting – Combine butter and cream cheese. Beat about 2 min. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring. Mix 1-2 min until smooth. Spread over bars and sprinkle with sprinkles.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 317kcal Calories from fat 151
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 17g26%
    Saturated Fat 10g50%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 54mg18%
    Sodium 107mg4%
    Carbohydrate 40g13%
    Dietary Fiber 0g0%
    Sugars 27g
    Protein 3g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

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    • tanya

      Oh man Julie, I love these!! Please, please, please send me some! I love the red, white and blue treats too (but I am biased!). I know it’s a matter of preference, but I have to disagree with Mary, bundt cakes are not my favorite 4th of July treat! THESE are for sure! Mary, has some wonderful tips-I don’t see a blog listed, wondering if she has one! Love to check out her stuff!

      • Julie Evink

        You have such a festive time to have a birthday!!! 🙂

    • Mary.

      IMO I think the bundt cake is the prettiest. and how come, my post has disappeared??? o_O

    • aida

      This receipes looks really good! But I have one question…..what size jelly roll did you use

      • Julie Evink

        The one I used was 10 1/2 x 15 1/2!

    • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef

      these are so cute! love it.

    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

      These are SO awesome! I love all the red, white, and blue. 🙂

    • Heather @ French Press

      these look amazing, and perfect for the 4th!

    • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

      These are so pretty, and they sound amazing!!

    • Julie

      These are fun and festive! We would love for you to share at our new Super Summer Saturday party here:


    • Susan D

      These look awesome!!! Would love if you’d bring them over to my Sunday Funday Linky Party! 🙂

      *Susan @ Adventures in my Kitchen

    • Lucy

      Love the color on this! Looks so good!

    • Erin @ Making Memories

      YUM! What size jelly roll pan do you use?

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