Dressed-Up Brownie Recipes from a Mix

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
Beautiful, delicious, and easy to make, brownies and bars are an ideal dessert for almost any occasion. These tasty bar recipes start with a cookie or cake mix, but they're anything but ordinary. Recipes include chocolate brownies, cheesecake bars, and more -- there's a shortcut brownie recipe for everyone!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Topping

These silky and rich bars feature a filling of cream cheese and pumpkin that covers an oatmeal cookie crust. A classy chocolate topping and elegant pecan halves inject a party-ready flourish.

Cherry-Crumb Bars

Bursting with tart cherries, these moist bars combine the best attributes of cake, cookies, and coffee cake. A drizzle of powdered sugar icing crowns the sweet treat.

Viennese Almond Bars

Almond paste imbues these bars with intense nutty flavor. But the secret convenience is the sugar cookie mix that is the starting point for the crust and topping.

Carrot-Raisin Bars

Dotted with golden raisins, spiced with the kick of ginger, and filled with sweet shredded carrot, these bars bake up in a flash. Flavorful carrot cake wouldn't be the same without cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of toasted nuts.

Gooey Mixed-Nut Bars

Nutty is good in this sweet, chewy concoction. Reminiscent of pecan pie, the bars feature a medley of favorite salted or unsalted snack nuts in the starring role.

Chewy Chocolate-Caramel Bars

German chocolate cake mix, caramel candies, chocolate chips, and nuts meld into layers of fabulous flavor that can be assembled and baked in less than an hour.

Brownies & Bars

No one can resist these incredible bar and brownie recipes. Whether you're a fan of the classics or looking for a new taste sensation, this recipe collection has your perfect fit: nutty, fruit-filled, sophisticated, seasonal, no-bake, and special-occasion treats. Extensively tested in our Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen, these sweets pass every test for flavor, ease of preparation, and appearance. You'll be proud to take them to your next gathering or serve them at a family dinner. Click here to download your digital copy now!

Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

Enjoy a classic flavor combination in an elegant bar. A tender chocolate cake-mix crust and a sweet ganache topping wrap a creamy peanut butter center.

Decorate cakes, brownies, and other desserts with gorgeous and tasty chocolate ganache. From choosing the best chocolate to the right times to stir the mixture, we'€™ll help you master this decadent dessert topping.

Video: How to Make Chocolate Ganache

See our secrets to making ganache. It's a rich and sophisticated topping for your favorite bars.

Butterscotch-Toffee Bars

In only 30 minutes these cashew-studded treats are ready for the first bite. No one will guess the blondie-style bars with their chewy toffee topping start with a cake mix.

Coffee & Cookie Brownies

For coffee-lovers, this dessert infuses the robust flavor into a classic brownie, then drops in more chocolate to complement the fudginess. When the brownies are baked on a sugar-cookie crust, the results are delectable.

Caramel-Nut Chocolate Chip Bars

These bars feature the ooey-gooey goodness of caramel, coconut, and honey-roasted nuts, and of course chocolate makes an appearance. The crust starts with refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough.

Spiced Brownies with Cream Cheese Swirl

Spice up basic fudge brownies. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and a fabulous swirl of cream cheese transform brownies into a pleasing dessert that is ready to enthrall company or delight at a weeknight dinner.

Apricot-Fig Meringue Bars

Crisp, sweet, and fluffy. The textures are almost as intriguing as the flavors in these pretty bars. Oatmeal cookie mix kick-starts a delightful crust complemented by a smooth apricot-and-fig puree, all finished with a meringue topper.

Properly beating egg whites is one of the most important baking skills you can master. Watch as our kitchen expert demonstrates her secrets to beating eggs that will result in light and airy cakes, souffles, and meringues.

Video: How to Beat Egg Whites

Our tips for beating egg whites ensure you get a perfectly fluffy meringue.

Banana-Chocolate Chip Bars

Bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate infuse childlike pleasure into these easy bars. Swirls of chocolate and vanilla frosting add the perfect playful finish.

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