Shortbread crust with a homemade caramel topping laden with your choice of nuts.
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!
Oatmeal Fudge Bars
A rich 3-layer bar with an oatmeal base, a fudge center, and an oatmeal topping.
Orange Creme Brownies
Chocolate brownie with an orange creme frosting, topped with chocolate ganache.
Pat’s Peanut Butter Brownies
A chocolat brownie with chopped peanuts topped with peanut butter frosting.
Peanut Butter Heath Bar Blondies
A peanut butter blondie base topped with a peanut butter ganache and chopped toffee bars.
Peanut Raisin Bars
A no-bake Rice Krispie-type bar chock full of good stuff like raisins, peanuts and rolled oats.
Pecan Pie Bars
A bar cookie resembling pecan pie. Chocolate cake mix simplifies the crust.
Penny’s No Bake Cookies
Cocoa, peanut butter, oats and nuts combined for an easy and chewy no-bake bar.
Pistachio Christmas Ribbon Bars
A festive bar with a shortbread crust, jam filling and a topping scattered with chopped pistachios.
Pumpkin Butterscotch Fudge Bars
An oat base with a pumpkin butterscotch fudge topping.