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.
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 to remove 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.
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.
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.
The filling in these oatmeal-topped lunch box classics is up to you -- we have suggestions for apple-cranberry, apricot, cherry, peach, and raisin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a classic holiday favorite -- eggnog -- in a cookie! An easy-to-make glaze flavors these nutmeg-spiced sweets.
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.
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.
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.