Easy Brownies & Bars from a Mix

No time? No problem. Add your own special touches to store-bought mixes and come up with desserts that everyone will love.

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Coffee and Cookie Brownies
Coffee and Cookie Brownies

    A fudgy brownie layer -- perked up with a splash of coffee liqueur -- is sandwiched between a crisp sugar cookie crust and melted chocolate.

Carrot Cake Bars

    An instant classic, these yummy bars start with a box of yellow cake mix that's jazzed up with shredded carrots, plump raisins, and a hint of ginger. Fluffy cream cheese frosting makes a luscious finishing touch.

Spiced Brownies with Cream Cheese Swirl

    Turn chocolate brownies into something special by swirling sweet cream cheese with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

Toffee-Coffee Brownies

    Toffee pieces and instant espresso powder turn plain brownies-from-a-box into a decadent dessert. Top with purchased vanilla frosting flavored with a touch of Irish liqueur for extra zip.

Chewy Chocolate Caramel Bars

    Filled with crunchy walnuts, rich chocolate pieces, and buttery caramel, these dreamy bar cookies start with a German chocolate cake mix.

Butterscotch-Toffee Bars

    Transform a plain yellow cake mix into mouthwatering bars by adding butter, brown sugar, cashews, and toffee pieces.

Peanutty Buckeye Bars

    A luscious layer of peanut butter makes these fudge brownie bars extra rich while a smattering of chopped peanuts adds crunch.

Apricot-Fig Meringue Bars

    Fluffy meringue billows over a fig-and-apricot filling in these irresistible bar cookies. Underneath it all is a crisp oatmeal crust that's just the right mix of sweet and hearty.

Cherry Crumb Bars

    The tart-cherry filling is balanced with a sweet powdered sugar icing in these bar cookies that take just 20 minutes to prepare.

Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

    A thick, luscious layer of chocolate ganache adds elegance to cake-mix chocolate brownies filled with peanut butter.

Cranberry-Pear Bars with Orange Frosting

    The delectable flavors of pears and cranberries dance together in this pretty bar cookie that starts with a box of white cake mix. The topping is just as easy; simply mix canned vanilla frosting with orange zest and a dash of cinnamon.

Gooey Mixed-Nut Bars

    Like pecan pie you can eat without a fork, these rich bar cookies boast a sweet layer of nuts and a tender crust.

Viennese Almond Bars

    These out-of-a-box bars get their elegant flavor from almond paste and sweet raspberry preserves. Cream cheese and butter make the crust especially tender.

Candy-Bar Bars

    German chocolate cake mix makes a rich base for these quick and easy treats that feature generous bits of Snickers bars or peanut butter cups inside.

Banana Brownie Bars

    Layer crunchy banana chips, creamy chocolate pieces, marshmallows, and nuts over a fudgy brownie crust to get stacks of fabulous flavor.

Chocolate Carnutty Bars

    Creamy chocolate, salty peanuts, and gooey caramel turn a peanut butter-oatmeal crust into a truly decadent treat.

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