Our Best Bar Cookies

These cookie bar recipes -- including creamy peanut butter bars, fruit-filled bars, chocolaty caramel treats, and more -- are irresistible, foolproof, and perfect for any occasion. The best part? You don't have to worry about scooping messy spoonfuls of dough, cookie by cookie. It's all in one batch! Simply fill a pan and bake 'em up, and you've got warm, fresh-from-the-oven bar cookies.

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    Candy-Crunch Peanut Butter Bars

    These dreamy no-bake bars feature three layers of nutty goodness. Candy-coated peanuts embellish the tops, while a creamy whipped center fills the inside. End every luscious bite with our salted peanut butter cookie crust.

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    Maple-Nut Pie Bars

    Our brown sugar-brimmed bars are all about one thing: the maple. We use pure maple syrup for natural sweetness, so you know you're getting the good stuff. Coat the tops with mixed nuts for a crunchy ending.

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    Apricot-Rosemary Streusel Bars

    These bars feature a delicious fruity layer of apricot sandwiched between a rosemary-infused crust and a crumbly, icing-splattered topper. Freeze them for up to 3 months to enjoy all summer long.

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    Blood Orange Bars

    Fresh blood orange juice brings these bars a splash of sunny citrus flavor. Dust the golden bars with a dash of powdered sugar for the grand finale.

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    Salted Peanut Bars

    Get the best of both worlds in this salty-sweet treat. The smooth caramel texture plays off the crunchiness of salted peanuts and pretzels, while ooey-gooey marshmallow makes a sticky-sweet appearance.

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    Cherry-Crumb Bars

    Craving tart cherries? Bring them to the dessert table with the help of oatmeal cookie mix and a quick homemade powdered sugar icing.

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    Lemon-Lime Bars

    Lemon bars have long been a family favorite. Pump up the citrus zing of the classic dessert with a luscious layer of lime. Garnish with lemon-lime zest, then dust on a sprinkling of powdered sugar to finish.

    BONUS: For easy step-by-step directions, click the play button on the image to watch and learn.

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    Caramel-Nut Chocolate Chip Bars

    Smooth caramel, chocolate chip cookie dough, and flaky coconut. Need we say more? The golden trio joins hearty oats to make one partyworthy treat. Serve them while they're warm with a chilly scoop of soft vanilla ice cream.

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    No-Bake Butterscotch-Pretzel Bars

    Gather some sweet pantry staples and get cooking. Featuring ingredients like pretzels, butterscotch, peanut butter, and powdered sugar, these no-bake bars can be made without the hassle of a shopping trip.

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    Chocolaty Caramel-Nut S'more Bars

    Nostalgic for childhood campfires? We've got you covered. Bake up sweet memories with our one-pan version of s'mores, complete with creamy caramel, a chocolate wafer cookie crust, and, of course, toasty marshmallows.

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    Gooey Butter Bars

    Sink your teeth into lush, buttery bites of honey-ginger sweetness. The beauty of these bars? They're a blank canvas for any baker's imagination! Top them with anything you like, such as strawberries, blueberries, or even a simple glaze made with powdered sugar and tangerine juice -- the options are endless.

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    Fresh Raspberry Bars

    These ruby-red raspberry bars taste as divine as they look. We pack them with brown sugar, candylike jam, and zippy lemon juice for a fresh and fruity bar that will keep you coming back for (just one) more.

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    Viennese Almond Bars

    Sugar cookie mix makes prepping these sophisticated raspberry bars super simple. Add slices of almonds and spoonfuls of cold cream cheese to create a creamy crunch in every bite.

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    Lime-Pecan Shortbread Bars

    Tangy Key lime juice and shredded lime peel are the stars of these luscious lime-pecan bars. Top with a creamy spoonful of mascarpone cheese, then garnish with a delicate slice of lime for a picture-perfect dessert.

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    Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

    Our beautiful banana bars are as fun to make as they are to eat. Just toss cookie dough, oats, banana, chocolate, and a handful of peanuts into a large resealable plastic bag, then mash them all together. Bake 'em up, spread the frosting, and enjoy melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

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    Pecan-Crusted Mojito Bars

    Bottoms up! Turn your favorite summertime cocktail into a sweet treat using pecans, fresh mint, and a whole lot of lime. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to top it all off.

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    Prize Caramel Apple Bars

    Enjoy caramel apples -- without the sticky mess -- with our simple caramel apple bars recipe. These lunch-box-perfect treats are packed with brown sugar and smooth peanut butter, then topped with peanuts for a salty-sweet crunch.

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    Chewy Cherry-Almond Bars

    A layer of cherry preserves mixed with sliced almonds is baked inside a hearty oat crust. These beautiful cherry bars are sure to be the star of any potluck.

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    Four-Nut Maple Bars

    Indulge in these whole wheat, maple-laced nut bars. Frost them with a homemade chocolate-hazelnut concoction, then garnish with toasted nutty favorites for a crunchy finale.

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    Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars

    Rolled oats -- either quick-cooking or old-fashioned -- give these coffee- and caramel-flavor bars chewy texture. They're so delicious, you might even sneak one for breakfast.

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    Coconut-Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

    Fresh or frozen blueberries give these creamy cheesecake bars a tart twist, while graham crackers and coconut provide a sweet and crumbly crust.

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    Toffee Bars

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

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    Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars

    Sugary ginger icing balances the tart notes of rhubarb in this classic bar cookie recipe.

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    Blissful Brownie Recipes

    Make tasty fudgy brownies for a crowd! This collection of our best brownies has it all. Try a classic buttermilk brownie or opt for divine chocolate brownies. Want something new? Fruit-infused brownies add tartness to the sweet dessert, and a splash of alcohol pumps up the richness of brownie recipes. Peanuts and other nuts give crunch to the chewy brownie classics. Time to get baking!
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