Bar Recipes

Get our best recipes for bar cookies, including blondies, brownies, crumble bars and more.

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Lemon Bars

Is it any surprise that the Barefoot Contessa's lemon bar recipe is just a bit sweeter and richer than the average?

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Chocolate-Coconut Bars

Inspired by a much-loved chocolate-coconut candy bar, these are the perfect spur-of-the-moment treats for a bake sale.

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Banana Bread Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

These are the super-dense, moist, compact version of banana bread. The brown butter makes all the difference in this recipe.

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Chewy, Salty Peanutty Caramel Brownies

These brownies were inspired by fantastic chocolate-covered salted caramels sold at Chelsea Market in New York City — and salted caramel is all the rage these days. Mixed with crunchy peanuts, these brownies taste like upscale homemade candy bars.

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Grown-Up Apricot Newtons

These tart-like bars are a much-improved version of the original sandwich cookies. The apricots are plumped and pureed for a richer fruit flavor, and the flecks of green pistachio throughout add crunch and color.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

These bars are a sweeter, gooey-er, more lunchbox-friendly version of the classic sandwich. They'll hold up better and much longer — without the risk of soggy bread and unwanted crusts.

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Platinum Blondies

Brownie who? These blondies will turn heads with sweet white chocolate, salty macadamia nuts and rich shredded coconut. Like any true blonde, these all-white bars have no dark roots to hide.

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Apple Crumble Bars

Dried apples make these fruity bars easy to enjoy any time of the year — or any time of the day. They're as delicious for breakfast as they are topped with ice cream for dessert. These are great for bake sales too.

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Cocoa Brownies

Alton Brown's brownie recipe calls for more than a cup of cocoa, which makes them dense and dark.

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Maple Walnut Shortbread Bars

The addition of maple into these shortbreads elevates them from casual cookie to dinner-party dessert.

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Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Blondies

Tired of brownies? Try blondies! These little squares are great on their own; eaten with ice cream they are simply sinful.

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Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

A blondie-lover's dream, these bars are moist, dense and chewy. Perfect for a bake sale or as a take-a-long. They can also be cut into 1-inch bites for a large party.

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Oatmeal Carmelitas

With layers of oatmeal sandwich caramel, chocolate and pecans, these carmelitas are as sweet as the story behind them. (Click through to the recipe to read about them.)

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Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

With a milk chocolate and peanut butter center and a dark chocolate icing glaze on top, these crispy bars will make you want to celebrate.

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Lemon Bars

Tart, sweet and buttery all at once: The lemon bar is a timeless Southern classic.

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Pecan Bars

Turn pecan pie into a hand-held (and rum-splashed) treat with Aida's pie-inspired bar cookies.

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Orange and Nut Squares

Giada De Laurentiis uses store-bought cookie dough to quickly roll out these orange and nut bars. 

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Espresso Brownies

Giada combines coffee and dessert for her favorite brownie recipe, which is coated in an espresso glaze.

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Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies

The dark chocolate cookie and cream frosting of crumbled oreos add delightful crunch and sweetness to this amazing brownie recipe.

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Blondies

Blond is better as far as these bars are concerned. Bobby Flay uses toffee and milk chocolate chips to add depth to each bite. 

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Everyday Brownies

Nigella's brownies, though extremely adaptable and easy to whip up in a pinch, are deeply chocolatey and dense.

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Bacon and Pecan Brownies

Michael Symon works his magic again by incorporating an unexpected ingredient (bacon!) into his fudge-like brownie recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Rich chocolate brownie batter is topped with sweet-and-salty chocolate chip cookie dough and a thick chocolate glaze. Talk about a sugar rush.

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Rhubarb Crumble Bars

Tart rhubarb is balanced by all the sweetness of this bar's dough and its deliciously caramel almond-oat topping.

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Kissed Brownies

There are a few key steps to making this dish unique and successful, but it begins with use of the highest quality ingredients — especially the chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate Espresso Kissed Brownies with Chocolate Mascarpone Frosting

Cream Cheese Brownies

Dragging a knife through the mixture of sweet cream cheese filling and chocolatey batter produces a fun marbling effect in these black-and-white brownies.

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Hard Core Brownies With Caramel Sauce

Chuck's brownies are studded with sweet, nutty pecans, but it's the caramel sauce that really sets this recipe apart: perfectly gooey and seasoned with just a pinch of cayenne pepper for heat.

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Buttered Scotch Blondies

Scotch whisky (and plenty of butter) gives these blondies great texture and just the right amount of sweetness.

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S'mores Bars

It's hard to improve on the classically simple s'more, but Kelsey might have done just that with her marshmallowy, chocolately s'mores bar recipe.

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Cardamom Fennel Brownies

Spice Goddess Bal Arneson puts a spicy spin on her brownie recipe by infusing her batter with fennel and cardamom. A white chocolate and cardamom ganache makes for the perfect sweet-spiced finish.

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Pretzel Brownies

This brownie recipe gets satisfyingly salty crunch from crushed pretzels and saves you time by utilizing store-bought brownie mix.

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