20 Easy Bar Cookie Recipes for Bake Sales, Potlucks, and Just Because
Gooey Layered Everything Bars
Luscious layers of chocolate, coconut, fruit, and nuts on a sweet and chewy oat crust, these cookies truly have something for everyone.
Zesty Lemon Bars
At once rich and tart, these lemon bars are one of Martha’s favorite treats.
A generous layer of cream cheese frosting takes these pumpkin spice cake bars to greatness.
Snickerdoodle Crumb Bars
Everything you love about old-fashioned snickerdoodles, but better! A ribbon of cinnamon sugar runs through the middle of these chewy cookie bars and there’s a crunchy cinnamon topping too.
Martha’s Chewy Fig Bars
Martha’s hearty take on a fruity favorite. The filling for these bars is laced with tawny port and vanilla bean sure to please even the most sophisticated palates.
Key Lime Bars
Just like the pie, but portable! These tart bars are based on the famous Key lime pie recipe from Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
The ultra-easy press-in crust and rich, chewy-crunchy chocolate and pecan filling will guarantee this recipe’s place in your permanent collection.
Chocolate-Cherry Crumb Bars
We packed all the flavors of Black Forest cherry cake into a moist, hand-held package.
Peach-Pie Crumble Bars
Sometimes simplicity really does equal perfection. The sweet, buttery press-in crust for these luscious peach pie bars doubles as the crumble topping. Don’t limit yourself to peaches, you can use any stone fruit in this recipe!
Homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Get nostalgic and whip up a sweet-salty batch of PB & J bars using your favorite flavor of jam.
Elizabeth's Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
Eggnog, freshly grated nutmeg, and a splash of brandy give warm holiday flavor to these cheesecake bars. This recipe uses a traditional graham cracker crust, but feel free to substitute gingersnaps.
Spiced Fruitcake Bars
Forget everything you think you know about fruitcake, these buttery beauties are packed with cherries, cranberries, apricots, currants, and walnuts and they will never be re-gifted.
Blackberry Crumb Bars
These cakelike bar cookies are a portable handheld version of berry crumble. Use any kind of fresh or frozen berries you fancy.
Chocolate Cheesecake Squares
Chocolate chips and a chocolate cookie crust up the ante on these chocolate cheesecake bars. No one will ever guess that they’re made with reduced-fat cream cheese!
Crushed pretzels add a crunchy, satisfyingly salty dimension to buttery shortbread bars.
Big Almond-Orange-Ginger Cookie
Ginger and cardamom add a lively lift to the toasted almond cookie base of these glistening marmalade-topped bar cookies. We cut it into pie-like wedges, but you can certainly go with the more traditional bar shape if you like.
Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars
Rich and gooey chocolate caramel tops a buttery brown-sugar crust. A dusting of crunchy sea salt on top provides the perfect counterpoint.
This Key lime pie-lemon bar hybrid has a surprising secret ingredient—the crust is made with saltine crackers!
Some things never go out of style, like these old-fashioned chewy molasses bars full of ginger, cinnamon, and raisins.