Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

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.

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    Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

    These beautiful red velvet bars are the perfect holiday treat. Be sure to add a drizzle of chocolate over the yummy red velvet cheesecake filling.

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    Boozy Eggnog Bars

    Eggnog-lovers, rejoice! These yummy cheesecake bars are flavored with a generous helping of eggnog and a drizzle of dark rum. They will definitely be a hit this holiday season.

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    Almost Like Peanut Butter Cups Bars

    These yummy bars are full of chocolate and peanut butter -- and your favorite candy. Filled with peanut butter and honey graham cereal and topped with smooth chocolate and chopped peanut butter cups, these bars will be gone in a flash.

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    Pumpkin Creme Bars

    Who doesn't love pumpkin bars? These tasty treats have lots of creamy pumpkin sandwiched between a crumb crust and topping. Adding toffee pieces on top gives these bars an extra-sweet flavor.

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    No-Bake Butterscotch Bars

    Combine convenience with from-the-heart holiday baking for 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.

     

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    Red Plum Shortbread Bars

    These easy shortbread bars are the perfect addition to any holiday feast or party. Your guests will be clamoring for more of these treats topped with red plum jam and a drizzle of icing.

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    Salted Peanut Butter and Chocolate Blondies

    Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. When combined in these mouthwatering blondies, they're simply divine. Top peanut butter-flavored blondies with melting squares of chocolate, then sprinkle sea salt on top for a showstopping treat.

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    Copycat Musketeer Bars

    Serve a homemade version of a favorite candy bar this Christmas -- your guests won't believe these bars aren't the real thing! With a chocolate and marshmallow creme center and a chocolate cookie crust, these bars are even better than their store-bought counterpart.

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    Marcona Almond-Toffee Bars

    These yummy bars have a delicious graham cracker crust topped with chocolate pieces, toffee bits, and salty Marcona almonds. Drizzling sweetened condensed milk on top makes these bars moist and creamy.

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    Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars

    Combine two favorite desserts into one with these pretty creme brulee cheesecake bars. You can use a broiler to caramelize the the sugar on top, but using a culinary torch will give the best results.

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    Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

    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.

     

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    Raspberry-Maple Bars

    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 for removing the uncut bars.

     

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    Pistachio 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.

     

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    Cinnamon Bars

    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.

     

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    Salted Peanut Bars

    Dripping caramel tops these salty-sweet classics inspired by the favorite salted-nut candy bar. The chewy treats are ready for the holiday dessert buffet in less than an hour.

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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. Make the six-ingredient treat up to 3 months in advance.

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    Easy Lemon-Lime Bars

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chewy Cherry-Almond Bars

    These fruity bar cookies feature a layer of cherry preserves baked inside a hearty oat-almond crust. Not a cherry fan? Swap the preserves for orange, raspberry, strawberry, or peach!

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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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    Cherry Crumb Bars

    Tart cherries balanced with a sweet powdered sugar icing make these moist bar cookies hard to resist. Packaged oatmeal cookie mix makes the bars a breeze to prepare.

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    Macaroon Chocolate Bars

    For a fresh twist on classic macaroons, try these irresistible bar cookies drizzled with luscious milk chocolate. If you'd like, top each coconut treat with a toasted whole almond.

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    Caramel Chocolitas

    Sandwich rich melted chocolate and gooey caramel between a hearty cookie crust and crunchy oat topping. Pecans and milk chocolate pieces finish the luscious bars.

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    Creme De Menthe Brownies

    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.

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    Secret to Creamy Chocolate Ganache

    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.

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    Macadamia Bars with Eggnog Drizzle

    A sweet eggnog frosting and fresh nutmeg top these irresistible bars. Macadamia nuts add crunch to the easy stir-and-pour bar cookies.

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    Date-Walnut Honey Bars

    Apple jelly, dates, and walnuts top these scrumptious oatmeal cookies. A homemade oatmeal crust gives the treats additional from-the-heart flavor.

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    Christmas Blondies

    Fruitcake ingredients -- including brandy, candied cherries, and toasted walnuts -- fill these holiday bar cookies. White chocolate pieces complete the quick-prep brownies.

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    White Chocolate and Nutmeg Bars

    These lightly spiced bar cookies feature the irresistible combination of cranberries and white chocolate. The red and white delights can be made with fresh or frozen fruit for your convenience.

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    Butterscotch-Toffee Bars

    For a quick holiday-worthy dessert, try these six-ingredient toffee bar cookies. They're ready in just 30 minutes with the help of purchased yellow cake mix.

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    Chocolaty Caramel-Nut S'More Bars

    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.

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    Twixy Shortbread Bars

    Sandwich a creamy dulce de leche filling between tender shortbread and fudgy frosting for luscious bar cookies. Cut the dessert into small bite-size squares or rectangles to resemble a much-loved candy bar classic.

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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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    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. Use a mixture of nut varieties or stick to just cashews, peanuts, almond, or pecans.

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    Creamy Eggnog Bars

    Start with store-bought sugar cookie mix for these dreamy nutmeg-spiced cookies. The new holiday favorite features all the flavors of the beloved Christmas drink.

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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. Chopped honey-roasted peanuts add texture and a sweet-and-salty taste to the treats.

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    Apricot-Fig Meringue Bars

    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.

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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. Make the recipe up to 3 months in advance and freeze.

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    Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars

    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.

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    Cashew Crunch Bars

    These salty-sweet cookies feature creamy vanilla caramel and dry-roasted cashews. Store-bought caramels add an easy shot of decadence to the holiday goodies.

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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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    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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