A cross between a cookie and a cake, bar cookies are made from a soft dough or ingredients that are spread or layered in a rectangular or square pan. No rolling, no shaping -- and you can cut them into bars as big or small as you like. Our bar cookie recipes are easy to make and easy to love -- think brownies, blondies, fruit crumble bars, lemon bars (Martha’s favorite!), nut bars, and many other gooey, decadent sweet treats. Then there are our healthy homemade granola bars, a delicious on the go or post-workout snack that’s protein packed. Whether you like caramel, cheesecake, chocolate, coconut, or raspberry, you’ll find your favorite bar cookie recipes here.
Chewy Irish-Coffee BlondiesSkip the green food coloring. We've raised the bar for Saint Patty's Day desserts. These blondies are enriched with Irish coffee-inspired flavors -- ground coffee in the batter, whiskey in the sugar glaze. And you don't have to pull out the heavy stand mixer: A bowl and a wooden spoon will do.AdvertisementAdvertisementVideo
Chocolate-Coconut Cookie Bars
These crowd-pleasing cookie bars and chock full of delicious ingredients; coconut, pecans, chocolate...yum!
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Bar Cookie Recipes
Streamline your baking with a pan of bar cookies -- just bake and slice. Choose from lemon bars, chocolate chip bars, oatmeal bars, and more.
DIY Breakfast, Snack, and Dessert BarsFor a simple on the go treat Sarah makes easy DIY Bars, check out a few of her favorites like a fun Honey Nut Cheerio Bar, a tasty Fudgy Rocky Road Bar, and a nutritious Peanut-Butter Granola Bar.
Christmas Bar Cookie Recipes
Choose from dozens of tempting bar cookie recipes, including coconut-chocolate, pecan, lemon, chocolate-mint, cheesecake bars, and many more.
Gooey Layered Everything BarsLooking for a winning treat that will delight a crowd? Everyday Food editor Sarah Carey makes gooey delicious bar cookies and gives you tips on how to minimize the mess.
Lunchbox Brownie and Bar Cookie Recipes
All of these easy bar cookie and brownie recipes pack perfectly into a lunch bag. Choose from all kinds of brownies, including double-chocolate, rocky road, no-bake, and light, or try chewy oatmeal-raisin bars, chocolate chip blondies, peanut butter and jelly bars, and lots more.
Chocolate Chip Cookie BarsYou can bake these up to ten days ahead and store in the freezer, without cutting into bars; wrap the baking sheet tightly in plastic.
Healthy Breakfast BarsStash a few of these nutritious morsels in your desk, locker, purse, or backpack so you’ll always be able to sink your teeth into a satisfying breakfast no matter your hurry.
Toffee Chocolate BarsThis shortbread-style cookie bakes into golden, chewy squares for a quick dessert.
Apricot Cheesecake BarsFresh apricot compote is swirled with cheesecake filling in this hand-held dessert. It's easy to make pretty decorative patterns. Try shallow back-and-forth motions, figure eights, and loose spirals.Recipe
Date and Pine Nut BarsThese chewy bars, dense as pecan pie, are a sweet way to end any meal.Recipe
Cranberry Lemon SquaresThese tart bars use dried cranberries instead of fresh, so you can make them any time of year.Recipe
On-the-Go BrowniesThis decadent, chocolatey dessert transports exceptionally well.Video
Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Sheet Pan
This simple twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie makes deliciously chewy, melt-in-your-mouth cookie bars. For a variation add nuts or peanut butter chips!Video
Cowboy Coconut Bars
Sarah Carey combines caramel, crisp coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and hearty oats for this fun-filled Cowboy Coconut Bar. It's the perfect after-school snack that your kids will love.Recipe
Mazurka with Apricot ToppingThese Polish bar cookies are traditionally made on Christmas Eve.Recipe
Key-Lime BarsThis recipe is based on the famous Key-lime pie from Joe's Stone Crab restaurant in Miami Beach.Recipe
Fruitcake BarsBake these brandy-spiked bars up to two days ahead, and cut just before serving.Recipe
Chocolate Pecan Pie BarsThis delicious chocolate pecan pie treat (no crust needed) is from Anne Royal of Port Orchard, Washington.Recipe
Peanut-Butter Chocolate Cereal BarsThe recipe for these chewy treats comes from Sonny Lewis, Bethesda, Maryland.Recipe
Toffee BlondiesThe toffee candy melts as it bakes, which gives these moist, buttery-tasting blondies a soft chewy consistency, perfect with a glass of milk. These bars are great for lunchboxes, a bake sale, or to bring to a party.Recipe
Cowboy Coconut BarsFor chewier bars, substitute sweetened shredded coconut for the unsweetened coconut flakes.Recipe
Brown-Butter Coconut Cashew BlondiesThe dark, nutty butter gives these squares a deeper, richer flavor. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 609.Gallery
Our Favorite Lemon Bar RecipesIt’s a truth universally acknowledged that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemon bars. One of Martha’s favorite desserts, lemon bars are a great make-ahead recipe for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a traditional lemon bar or one with a twist, we’ve got you covered.Recipe
Whole-Wheat Date BarsThese date-filled bars get their soft texture from applesauce; wheat flour and bran add wholesome notes.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Peanut Butter and Jelly Bar CookiesThis classic flavor combination becomes a favorite bar for everyone.Recipe
Apricot Window CookiesThese cookies get their name from their piped windowpane design.Recipe
Fruit JumblesThese healthy snacks disguised as cookies are perfect lunchbox treats -- plus, there's no cooking necessary.