- Pan size counts; be sure to use the right one. If you don't have a 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan, use two 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pans. If you don't have a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan, use two 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pans. Use the same oven temperature, but check the bars for doneness 5 minute before reaching the minimum baking time given in the recipe.
- Think outside the square. To cut triangles, cut bars into 2- or 2-1/2-inch squares, then cut each square in half diagonally. Use this two-step method for cutting diamonds: Cut parallel lines 1 or 1-1/2 inches apart down the length of the pan. Then cut diagonal lines 1 or 1-1/2 inches apart across the pan.
Double-Cherry Streusel Bars Chock-full of fruit and nuts, these bar cookies are perfect for today's busy bakers.
Lime-Coconut Triangles They're like your favorite lemon bar cookies, only with tropical flavors and a new shape.
Brandied Cranberry-Apricot Bars Serve these rich, dried-fruit bar cookies with afternoon coffee or with whipped cream for dessert.
Chocolate Toffee Bars For the perfect finishing touch, dust these rich bar cookies with powdered sugar.
Lemon Tart Dessert doesn't have to be complicated to end a meal with an elegant touch. This refreshing lemon tart is really nothing more than lemon bar cookies that look more sophisticated in a tart shell. You can substitute lime for lemon and serve it plain or with a simple raspberry sauce.
Chocolate-Coconut Bars Our bar cookies with chocolate and coconut topping will remind you of a favorite coconut-almond candy bar.
Chocolate-Frosted Brownies A cross between fudgy and cake-like brownies, these extra-thick bar cookies are sure to satisfy the most serious chocolate lovers.
Apricot Frangipane Bars The tart apricot filling is just the right complement to the sweet almond topping in these elegant but easy bar cookies.
Vienna Bars These sweet bar cookies are delectable enough to impress even the most sophisticated guest.
Maple Nutty Candy These candy-bar cookies combine four winning flavors: peanut butter, maple, butterscotch and chocolate. The recipe is easy to make and creates a bunch. We suggest freezing the bars and thawing them out as needed.
Cream Cheese-Carrot Bars Our healthier version of the cookie classic substitutes applesauce for part of the oil. Egg product keeps the cholesterol in line. We used soft-style cream cheese with pineapple and omitted the butter in the simple frosting.