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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
Meringue Glazed Caramel Cinnamon Bars
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Meringue Glazed Caramel Cinnamon Bars

Two-layer bar with a cinnamon dough base, covered with a honey-meringue topping and pecans.

Bars, Filled Cookies
Midnight Mints
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Midnight Mints

A mint-flavored Nanaimo-Bar type cookie with a chocolate-coconut base and creamy mint filling.

Mocha Cheesecake Squares
Bars
Mocha Cheesecake Squares
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Mocha Cheesecake Squares

A chocolate crust with mocha-flavored cheesecake filling, drizzled with melted chocolate.

Bars, No-Bake Cookies
Napoleon Creams
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Napoleon Creams

A Nanaimo-type chocolate/custard bar for non-Canadians who can’t find real custard powder.

Bars
Nutty Caramel Bars
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Nutty Caramel Bars

Shortbread crust with a homemade caramel topping laden with your choice of nuts.

Bars
Oatmeal Fudge Bars
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Oatmeal Fudge Bars

A rich 3-layer bar with an oatmeal base, a fudge center, and an oatmeal topping.

Bars
Orange Creme Brownies
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Orange Creme Brownies

Chocolate brownie with an orange creme frosting, topped with chocolate ganache.