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.

Staff Picks

Creamy Lemon Squares

Rating: 3.56 stars
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.

Lime Squares with Pistachio Graham-Cracker Crust

Rating: 3.78 stars
This creamy dessert is a cross between key lime pie and traditional lemon bars.

Key Lime Bars

Rating: 3.63 stars
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.

Chocolate-Coconut Bars

Rating: 3.69 stars
These decadent bars are inspired by Hello Dollies, a popular Southern dessert.

Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Rating: 3.61 stars
This smooth square summertime dessert combines rich, lemony cheesecake and a sweet graham-cracker crust.

Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Rating: 3.23 stars
Rhubarb and strawberries are a great match. You can substitute half the rhubarb with an equal weight of quartered berries.

No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Rating: 3.41 stars
With a candy-bar-inspired top and a crumbly cookie base, each of these rich squares packs a double dose of that perfect pairing: chocolate and peanut butter.

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!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies

Rating: 3.29 stars
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).

Lemon Squares

Rating: 3.68 stars
Lemon squares combine the wonderful flavor of freshly squeezed lemon juice with just a few staples such as sugar, flour, eggs, and milk in this simple Lemon Squares dessert. But not only the ingredients are simple—the recipe is too.

Chocolate-Candy Icebox Bars

Rating: 2.83 stars
Who doesn't buy extra Halloween candy? This year, use some in these festive icebox bars and throw a party.

Lemon-Date Bars

Rating: 4.75 stars
These bars were inspired by a recipe from Maida Heatter.

Inspiration and Ideas

Creamy, Tangy, and Irresistible: These Are Our Favorite Lemon Bar Recipes

It’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 and suited to just about any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a traditional lemon bar or one with a twist, we’ve got you covered.

20 Easy Bar Cookie Recipes for Bake Sales, Potlucks, and Just Because

Streamline dessert with a pan of bar cookies; just bake, slice, and share. Choose from favorites like lemon bars, brownies, cheesecake bars, and more.

Snickerdoodle Crumb Bars

For a bite of pure bliss, sink your teeth into this hybrid of coffee cake and a snickerdoodle cookie. Layers of rich batter, crumbly streusel, and a topping of crunchy cinnamon sugar add up to irresistible; cream of tartar lends a subtle tang and a nice chew. Better yet, the ingredients are pantry basics, so you can bake up a batch on demand.