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Bar cookies are halfway between a cake, and a cookie. In general, they are baked in a pan (although there are many no-bake varieties) and, when cooled, sliced into squares or rectangles.  They differ from cakes because the dough is much stiffer than that of a cake, and once baked, you have a denser product that is usually easy to eat with your fingers (like a cookie).  On the other end of the spectrum, the walls of a cake pan allow you to bake a more liquid ingredient such as custard or cheesecake filling that will then solidify during baking. This allows the baking of the bar cookies in several distinct layers that give them an attractive and sophisticated look.  Baking up a batch of bars is often a quick way to make cookies for a crowd, because unlike other forms of cookies, you don’t have to shape each cookie individually…you bake it all at once. Is something missing?  Submit your favorite bar cookie recipe here!

Bars, Hand-Shaped Cookies
Jan Hagels
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Jan Hagels

A traditional Dutch cookie that is thin and flaky, with cinnamon and sliced almonds.

Bars
Jeweled Holiday Brownies
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Jeweled Holiday Brownies

A moist brownie dressed up for the holidays with red and green candied cherries.

Bars, Cakes
Kahlua Gingerbread
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Kahlua Gingerbread

A dense gingerbread cake/bar with a shot of Kahlua for a coffee-infused flavor.

Knock You Naked Brownies
Bars
Knock You Naked Brownies
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Knock You Naked Brownies

Moist chocolate chip brownies with a gooey caramel layer in the center.

Bars
Lemon Ice Bars
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Lemon Ice Bars

A granola and maraschino bar cookie topped with a tangy lemon icing and decorated with maraschino cherries.

Bars
Luscious Apricot Bars
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Luscious Apricot Bars

A double-layer bar with a shortbread crust and an apricot-nut topping.

Bars
Maple Walnut Squares
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Maple Walnut Squares

A shortbread base with a maple and walnut topping reminiscent of a pecan pie.