Bar Cookie Recipes

Bar cookies are made from a soft dough or ingredients that are spread or layered in a pan. No rolling, no shaping. Our bar cookie recipes include: brownies, blondies, fruit crumble bars, lemon bars, and granola bars.

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Pumpkin Bars

In between bars and a crowd-friendly sheet cake is this autumnal dessert. Moist and tender pumpkin spice cake is lavished with cream cheese frosting for bars that are simply irresistible. 

Creamy Lemon Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars 376
The creamy lemon squares of your dreams take just 15 minutes of prep: Stir together a mere three ingredients to create a sunny, puckery filling for the buttery shortbread crust in this dessert.

Chocolate-Coconut Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 824
These dessert bars are inspired by a popular Southern dessert, Hello Dollies, and are incredibly easy to make. A cookie crust made with graham crackers, sugar, and butter is the base for a generous sprinkling of pecans and chocolate chips. The toppings get doused in sweetened condensed milk, followed by a dusting of shredded coconut. For even more chocolate flavor, use chocolate wafers for the cookie crust.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

This delicious chocolate pecan pie treat (no crust needed) is from Anne Royal of Port Orchard, Washington.

Key Lime Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 425
This recipe is based on the famous Key lime pie from Joe's Stone Crab restaurant in Miami Beach. If you can't find Key limes, use regular fresh lime juice.

Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip Squares

Rating: 4 stars 731
Your kids may not like pumpkin pie, but these moist pumpkin bars studded with chocolate chips are simply irresistible.

Crispy Cereal Treats

For a no-bake treat just right for lunchboxes or after school, try this fun twist on a childhood favorite that goes beyond the usual "Snap, Crackle, and Pop" blueprint and plays with other great combinations found in the cereal aisle. Each of the four variations uses the same marshmallow base—whether you want to use the mix-ins to take it in a chocolatey, tropical, or fruity direction is entirely up to you!

Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Caramel Cereal Bars

Here's a risk-free way to get rich quick: Try our easy take on the classic chocolate-caramel butter bars known as millionaire's shortbread. We swap in crispy, marshmallow-laden rice cereal for its base, and add a thin layer of peanut-butter caramel under the chocolate-shell topping. Just invest a little time to let it chill, and it pays off with every extravagant bite.

Oatmeal-Raisin Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 339
These handheld treats are packable, snackable, sure-fire crowd-pleasers -- indoors and out.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 239
Get kids helping out in the kitchen with this great starter recipe. Serve these tasty treats cool and sliced into squares.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Zesty Lemon Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 284
This recipe, courtesy of Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree, can be found in "The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread."

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 610
You can bake these up to ten days ahead and store in the freezer, without cutting into bars; wrap the baking sheet tightly in plastic.

Inspiration and Ideas

21 Easy Bar Cookie Recipes That Are Perfect for Bake Sales, Potlucks, or Just Because
These easy-to-make and easy-to-eat treats are favorites for good reason. Make lemon bars, chocolate-pecan-pie bars, brownies, peach crumble bars, or any of these irresistible bar cookies soon.
Our 10 Best Lemon Bar Recipes—Including Classic and With-a-Twist Varieties
One of Martha's favorite desserts, lemon bars are a great make-ahead dish suited to just about any occasion.
Puffed-Rice Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Rating: 4 stars 121

Transform out-of-the-box rice cereal into peanut-packed cookie bars spread with melted chocolate.