These festive holiday bar cookie recipes -- including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies -- make delicious gifts and party desserts. With make-ahead options, store-bought shortcuts, and mix-and-match topping ideas, the hardest part of your holiday dessert prep will be choosing which of these marvelous and merry bar cookies to try first.
These beautiful red velvet bars are the perfect holiday treat. Be sure to add a drizzle of chocolate over the yummy red velvet cheesecake filling.
These yummy bars are full of chocolate and peanut butter -- and your favorite candy. Filled with peanut butter and honey graham cereal and topped with smooth chocolate and chopped peanut butter cups, these bars will be gone in a flash.
Who doesn't love pumpkin bars? These tasty treats have lots of creamy pumpkin sandwiched between a crumb crust and topping. Adding toffee pieces on top gives these bars an extra-sweet flavor.
Combine convenience with from-the-heart holiday baking for these top-rated no-bake butterscotch bars. The crispy cookies feature a trifecta of indulgent layers, including crunchy peanut butter cereal, rich butterscotch pudding, and a candy bar-coated chocolate spread.
Holiday Bar Cookie Tip: Cut costs when making desserts that call for purchased cereal by opting for a generic variety packaged in a bulk bag.
These easy shortbread bars are the perfect addition to any holiday feast or party. Your guests will be clamoring for more of these treats topped with red plum jam and a drizzle of icing.
Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. When combined in these mouthwatering blondies, they're simply divine. Top peanut butter-flavored blondies with melting squares of chocolate, then sprinkle sea salt on top for a showstopping treat.
Serve a homemade version of a favorite candy bar this Christmas -- your guests won't believe these bars aren't the real thing! With a chocolate and marshmallow creme center and a chocolate cookie crust, these bars are even better than their store-bought counterpart.
These yummy bars have a delicious graham cracker crust topped with chocolate pieces, toffee bits, and salty Marcona almonds. Drizzling sweetened condensed milk on top makes these bars moist and creamy.
Combine two favorite desserts into one with these pretty creme brulee cheesecake bars. You can use a broiler to caramelize the the sugar on top, but using a culinary torch will give the best results.
Crushed peppermint candies bring a personal touch to store-bought sugar cookie dough. The elegant display of red and white sits atop layers of creamy whipped chocolate.
These raspberry-swirled treats are just a quick stir and pour away. Brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla give the batter quintessential holiday flavor, while a velvety blend of fruit preserves and icing completes the cookies in tangy-sweet style.
Holiday Bar Cookie Tip: For easy lifting, line your pan with aluminum foil. Leave a little overhang to use as handles for removing the uncut bars.
Holiday guests will go nuts for these pistachio-studded no-bake bars. A creamy pudding filling nestles between a graham cracker crust and smooth chocolate topping for cookie greatness without the batch-by-batch baking.
Make the holidays a little sweeter with our easy cinnamon-flavor cookie bars. The quick-prep dessert skips crusts and complicated layers so you can relax and provide extraordinary flavor fast.
Holiday Bar Cookie Tip: Cut the cinnamon bars into diamonds, squares, or sticks to add unexpected dimensions of fun.
Filled with crunchy walnuts and melty chocolate pieces, this chewy bar cookie couldn't be simpler to make: It starts with a German chocolate cake mix. Make the six-ingredient treat up to 3 months in advance.
Watch as we show you how to make lemon bars that are bursting with alternating layers of fresh lime flavor. Easy to make and delicious to enjoy, these bars are sure to be a favorite.
No oven room? No problem. These no-bake treats start with peanut butter sandwich cookies and go crazy on the peanuts -- creamy peanut butter and chopped peanuts both make the ingredients list.
Dark chocolate ganache is the true icing on the cake for these minty treats. Make your own creme de menthe filling with butter, powdered sugar, milk, and mint.
Decorate bar cookies, brownies, and more holiday treats with homemade chocolate ganache; the rich garnish is easier than you might think! Watch as we show you how to master the decadent dessert topping.
A sweet eggnog frosting and fresh nutmeg top these irresistible bars. Macadamia nuts add crunch to the easy stir-and-pour bar cookies.
Fruitcake ingredients -- including brandy, candied cherries, and toasted walnuts -- fill these holiday bar cookies. White chocolate pieces complete the quick-prep brownies.
These lightly spiced bar cookies feature the irresistible combination of cranberries and white chocolate. The red and white delights can be made with fresh or frozen fruit for your convenience.
For a quick holiday-worthy dessert, try these six-ingredient toffee bar cookies. They're ready in just 30 minutes with the help of purchased yellow cake mix.
Featuring a chocolate cookie crust and all the goodness of the classic campfire treat, these bar cookies are ideal for a holiday open house. The fluffy marshmallow-nut topping binds to the bars, thanks to a gooey caramel center.
Sandwich a creamy dulce de leche filling between tender shortbread and fudgy frosting for luscious bar cookies. Cut the dessert into small bite-size squares or rectangles to resemble a much-loved candy bar classic.
This outstanding bar cookie features serendipitous layers of shortbread, caramel, and chocolate. The frosting is a cinch to make in your microwave.
With a rich layer of devil's food cake, a creamy peanut butter filling, and a fudgy topping, these easy bar cookies are a chocoholic's dream. Chopped honey-roasted peanuts add texture and a sweet-and-salty taste to the treats.
Preserve the sweet flavors of summer in your holiday dessert with dried figs. The fruit joins a layer of apricot preserves, crisp oatmeal crust, and fluffy meringue topping in these scrumptious bars.
Raisin pie fans will love these down-home bars featuring a buttery oatmeal crust and crumb topper. For other fruit flavors, substitute dried apricots, cherries, or cranberries.
These rich bars start with brownie mix and require just five additional ingredients, including creamy peanut butter and chopped peanuts. Make the recipe up to 3 months in advance and freeze.
Rolled oats -- either quick-cooking or old-fashioned -- give these caramel-flavor bars chewy texture. Instant coffee crystals give the bars an extra burst of rich flavor.
These salty-sweet cookies feature creamy vanilla caramel and dry-roasted cashews. Store-bought caramels add an easy shot of decadence to the holiday goodies.
A rich chocolate-rum frosting makes these moist bar cookies irresistible. Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Made from fresh, simple ingredients, these festive cranberry-and-vanilla brownies will shine on any holiday table. White chocolate and cinnamon whipped cream add extra sweetness.