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Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

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.


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    • Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

      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.

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    • Raspberry-Maple Bars

      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 to remove the uncut bars.

    • Pistachio 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.

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    • Cinnamon Bars

      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.

    • No-Bake Butterscotch Bars

      Combine convenience with from-the-heart holiday baking with 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.

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    • Salted Peanut Bars

      Dripping caramel tops these salty-sweet classics inspired by the favorite salted-nut candy bar. The chewy treats are ready for the holiday dessert buffet in less than an hour.

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    • Chewy Chocolate-Caramel Bars

      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.

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    • Toffee Bars

      Topped with walnuts and featuring a creamy layer of rich chocolate, these decadent bar cookies are like your favorite toffee candy -- but better. Serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    • Easy Lemon-Lime Bars

      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.

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      Fruit-Filled Oatmeal Bars

      The filling in these oatmeal-topped lunch box classics is up to you -- we have suggestions for apple-cranberry, apricot, cherry, peach, and raisin.

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      Chewy Cherry-Almond Bars

      These fruity bar cookies feature a layer of cherry preserves baked inside a hearty oat-almond crust. Not a cherry fan? Swap the preserves for orange, raspberry, strawberry, or peach!

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      Candy-Crunch Peanut Butter Bars

      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.

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      Pecan-Crusted Mojito Bars

      So light, so fresh. Based on the summer drink staple, these minty lime-squeezed goodies get their crunch from chopped pecans and their tang from finely shredded lime peel.

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      Cherry Crumb Bars

      Tart cherries balanced with a sweet powdered sugar icing make these moist bar cookies hard to resist. Packaged oatmeal cookie mix makes the bars a breeze to prepare.

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      Macaroon Chocolate Bars

      For a fresh twist on classic macaroons, try these irresistible bar cookies drizzled with luscious milk chocolate. If you'd like, top each coconut treat with a toasted whole almond.

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      Caramel Chocolitas

      Sandwich rich melted chocolate and gooey caramel between a hearty cookie crust and crunchy oat topping. Pecans and milk chocolate pieces finish the luscious bars.

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      Creme De Menthe Brownies

      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.

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      Secret to Creamy Chocolate Ganache

      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.

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      Macadamia Bars with Eggnog Drizzle

      A sweet eggnog frosting and fresh nutmeg top these irresistible bars. Macadamia nuts add crunch to the easy stir-and-pour bar cookies.

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      Date-Walnut Honey Bars

      Apple jelly, dates, and walnuts top these scrumptious oatmeal cookies. A homemade oatmeal crust gives the treats additional from-the-heart flavor.

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      Christmas Blondies

      Fruitcake ingredients -- including brandy, candied cherries, and toasted walnuts -- fill these holiday bar cookies. White chocolate pieces complete the quick-prep brownies.

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      White Chocolate and Nutmeg Bars

      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.

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      Milk Chocolate Truffle Brownies

      Truffle-filled milk chocolate pieces top these dense chocolate brownies. Make sure to mix the brownie batter just until moist to prevent the brownies from getting tough.

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      Butterscotch-Toffee Bars

      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.

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      Chocolaty Caramel-Nut S'More Bars

      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.

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      Twixy Shortbread Bars

      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.

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      Carrot Cake Bars

      Inspired by a beloved cake, this bar cookie recipe whips up easily from a mix. Shredded carrot, fresh ginger, and golden raisins add tangy texture to the bright dessert.

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      Caramel-Chew Bars

      This outstanding bar cookie features serendipitous layers of shortbread, caramel, and chocolate. The frosting is a cinch to make in your microwave.

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      Chocolate-Hazelnut Marshmallow Bars

      A dusting of powdered sugar puts a festive spin on these rich and chocolaty holiday cookies. The dark chocolate bites are studded with tiny marshmallows and toasted hazelnuts.

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      Gooey Mixed-Nut Bars

      Featuring all the delicious flavors of pecan pie, this bar cookie is a snap to make with the help of a cake mix. Use a mixture of nut varieties or stick to just cashews, peanuts, almond, or pecans.

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      Creamy Eggnog Bars

      Start with store-bought sugar cookie mix for these dreamy, nutmeg-spiced cookies. The new holiday favorite features all the flavors of the beloved Christmas drink.

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      Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

      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.

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      Apricot-Fig Meringue Bars

      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.

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      Sour Cream and Raisin 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.

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      Peanutty Buckeye Bars

      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.

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      Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars

      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.

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      Cashew Crunch Bars

      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.

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      Austrian Walnut Chocolate Bars

      A rich chocolate-rum frosting makes these moist bar cookies irresistible. Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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      Nutty Eggnog Bars

      Enjoy a classic holiday favorite -- eggnog -- in a cookie! An easy-to-make glaze flavors these nutmeg-spiced sweets.

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      Cranberry Blondies

      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.

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      Cranberry-Pear Bars

      A layer of cranberry infused with pear nectar fills these hearty tart-sweet Christmas bars. Nutmeg spices up the chewy oatmeal crust.

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      Banana Crunch Bars

      Fresh banana slices drizzled with melted chocolate and peanut butter pieces top a crisp chocolate crust for a delicious after-dinner indulgence. A splash of rum flavoring enhances the naturally sweet flavor of the fruit.

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      Triple-Peanut Bars

      Start with store-bought cookie dough, then add pantry ingredients, such as peanut butter and peanuts, for impressive cookies that are a snap to make. 

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      Chocolate Revel Bars

      Chopped walnuts in a melted rich chocolate mixture turn these moist oatmeal bars into an irresistible dessert. Serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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      Chocolate-Mint Bars

      The winning combo of mint and chocolate makes these bar cookies a favorite. If you can't find mint-flavor semisweet chocolate pieces, you can substitute semisweet chocolate pieces and 1/4 teaspoon mint flavoring.

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      Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

      These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by baking early and freezing Christmas cookies. Each Santa-special treat freezes for up to three months.
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