Two-layer bar with a cinnamon dough base, covered with a honey-meringue topping and pecans.
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!
A mint-flavored Nanaimo-Bar type cookie with a chocolate-coconut base and creamy mint filling.
A chocolate crust with mocha-flavored cheesecake filling, drizzled with melted chocolate.
A Nanaimo-type chocolate/custard bar for non-Canadians who can’t find real custard powder.
Easy peasy chocolate bars with a creamy chocolate topping. Kind of like a buckeye ball without all the work!
Shortbread crust with a homemade caramel topping laden with your choice of nuts.
A rich 3-layer bar with an oatmeal base, a fudge center, and an oatmeal topping.
Chocolate brownie with an orange creme frosting, topped with chocolate ganache.