A layered bar with apricot and marzipan filling and chocolate topping.
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!
Shortbread base topped with jam and a chocolate-nut meringue.
An easy cinnamon-spiced bar topped with chopped pecans.
A rich, chewy bar cookie that tastes like pecan pie.
Spiked with the familiar flavors of eggnog and loaded with buttery cocoa streusel, this luscious cheesecake-cookie is guaranteed to draw big crowds.
Any easy, cake-like pumpkin bar spread with cream cheese frosting.
A traditional lemon bar with a shortbread crust and a tangy lemon curd filling, dusted with powdered sugar.
No-bake bar with chocolate crust, a creamy minty filling, topped with melted chocolate
Oat crust on the bottom, topped with cranberry-pineapple filling, finished with oat-pecan crumble on top.
Chocolate coconut crust, cranberry filling, custard filling and chocolate topping.