Cinnamon Red Hot Sugar Cookie Bars

I wanted to make you an early Valentine treat. Something to say I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart. So. . . I did. With cinnamon red hots. Remember them? Nothing says I love you better.

Sugar cookie bars with zingy candy red hots baked into the batter with a more than generous layer of cream cheese frosting to top them off.

If you’re a fan of sugar cookies these will make you happy with more sugar cookie flavor to love baked into every single last bite.

You can use cinnamon red hots a.k.a. cinnamon imperials or hot tamales. Red hots will melt into the batter more than the hot tamales. The hot tamales stay chewy.

These are festive little treats for Valentine’s Day!

Cinnamon red hot love.

Cinnamon Red Hot Sugar Cookie Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 16 squares

Cinnamon Red Hot Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar cookie bars with zingy candy red hots baked into the batter and frosted with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting.


12 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 + 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 + 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 + 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cinnamon red hots/cinnamon imperials or hot tamales (cut hot tamales in half)
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8x8-inch pan or line with parchment first, then grease.
  2. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each egg, then beat in vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Stir in the red hots.
  4. Spread out evenly in pan and bake 22 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make the frosting beat the cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until light and fluffy 3 - 4 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar one cup at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and continue beating until frosting is thick and fluffy 3 - 4 minutes.
  6. Frost bars and cut into squares with a large chef's knife wiping the knife clean after each cut.

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  1. says

    What delicious cookies so delicately scented with cinnamon and cheered by the red candies :) It’s a very good idea for Valentine‚Äôs Day. Bye, have a great day

  2. says

    I used to love Red Hots as a kid but haven’t thought about them in ages but I’m going to have to try these because the combination sounds fabulous! I can’t wait to try them!

    Moon, we think you are red hot too! :) Purrs, Angel & Isabella

    • says

      Thanks Velva! I wanted to do something different. The bars themselves are really good – if you don’t like red hots you can toss just about anything into them with good results.

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