Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

From butterscotch-toffee bars to classic carrot cake bars, these festive holiday cookie recipes make delicious gifts and party desserts.


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Salted Peanut Bars
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Salted Peanut Bars

    Dripping caramel tops these salty-sweet classics inspired by the favorite salted-nut candy bar.

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Creme De Menthe Brownies

    Dark chocolate ganache is the (literal) 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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Fruit-Filled Oatmeal Bars

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

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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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Christmas Blondies

    Fruitcake ingredients -- brandy, candied cherries, and walnuts -- fill these bar cookies.

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Christmas Brownies

    Chopped chocolate pieces and sweet candied cherries fill these dense chocolate brownies.

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Caramel Chocolitas

    Melted chocolate and caramel top a hearty oat cookie crust. Pecans add satisfying crunch.

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Macadamia Bars with Eggnog Drizzle

    A sweet eggnog frosting and fresh nutmeg tops these irresistible bars.

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Date-Walnut Honey Bars

    A buttery apple jelly, dates, and walnuts top these scrumptious oatmeal cookies.

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Macaroon-Chocolate Bars

    For a fresh twist on classic macaroons, try these irresistible bar cookies topped with luscious milk chocolate.

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White Chocolate and Nutmeg Bars

    These lightly spiced bar cookies feature the delightful combination of cranberries and white chocolate.

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Butterscotch-Toffee Bars

    For a quick yet holiday-worthy dessert, try these six-ingredient bar cookies. They're ready in 30 minutes.

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Ooey, Gooey, Chewy S'More Bars

    Featuring an oatmeal-and-graham cracker crust and all the goodness of the classic campfire treat, these bar cookies are ideal for a holiday open house.

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Twixy Shortbread Bars

    A creamy dulce de leche filling is sandwiched between tender shortbread and fudgy frosting in these luscious bar cookies.

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Carrot Cake Bars

    Inspired by a beloved cake, this cookie recipe is ideal for a holiday open house -- and it whips up from a mix.

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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 chocolatey holiday cookies.

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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.

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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.

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Creamy Eggnog Bars

    These dreamy, nutmeg-spiced cookies are sure to become one of your new holiday favorites.

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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.

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Apricot-Fig Meringue Bars

    A crisp oatmeal crust is topped with a layer of tart fruit and fluffy meringue.

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Cherry Crumb Bars

    Tart cherries balanced with a sweet powdered sugar icing make these moist bar cookies hard to resist.

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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.

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Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars

    Rolled oats -- either quick-cooking or old-fashioned -- give these coffee-and-caramel-flavored bars chewy texture.

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Cashew Crunch Bars

    These salty-sweet cookies feature creamy vanilla caramel and dry-roasted cashews.

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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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Chewy Cherry Almond Bars

    A layer of cherry preserves is baked inside a hearty oat-almond crust.

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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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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.

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Cranberry Pear Bars

    A layer of cranberry infused with pear nectar fills these hearty, nutmeg-spiced oat bars.

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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.

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Triple Peanut Bars

    With pantry-ready ingredients, such as peanut butter cookie dough, peanut butter, and peanuts, these impressive cookies 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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