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: 3.5 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.

Blueberry Bonanza Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 68
An almond crust is spread with blueberry jam and topped with crumbles of homemade granola.

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.

Chocolate-Coconut Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 824
These decadent bars are inspired by Hello Dollies, a popular Southern dessert.

Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Rating: 3 stars 448
Rhubarb and strawberries are a great match. You can substitute half the rhubarb with an equal weight of quartered berries.

Oatmeal-Raisin Bars

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

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: 3.5 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).

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.

Sour-Cherry Crumble Bars

This dessert is just like a homemade cherry pie...except you can grab it and eat it on the go! Slip the finished squares into lunch boxes, pass them out after dinner, or enjoy one with coffee for breakfast—because in our book, it counts as a serving of fruit. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Fruit Desserts: 100+ Ways to Savor the Best of Every Season ($24.49,

Lemon Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars 112
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 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.
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 that's 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 with these luscious recipes.
Dark-Chocolate Spelt Brownies
Rating: 3.5 stars 176

The brownies can be stored at room temperature for up to two days. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 303.