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. 

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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

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.

Chocolate-Coconut Bars

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

Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip Squares

Rating: 3.79 stars
Your kids may not like pumpkin pie, but these moist pumpkin bars studded with chocolate chips are simply irresistible.

Puffed-Rice Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Rating: 3.94 stars
Transform out-of-the-box rice cereal into peanut-packed cookie bars spread with melted chocolate.

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.

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.

Zesty Lemon Bars

Rating: 3.26 stars
This recipe, courtesy of Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree, can be found in "The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread."

Hermit Bars

Rating: 3.1 stars
Rich with molasses, hermit bars are spicy, old-fashioned treats that keep for days. Martha made this recipe on episode 706 of Martha Bakes.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Rating: 3.56 stars
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.

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.

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.

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).