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17 Best Cookie Bar Recipes for a Bite-Sized Treat

A team player at heart, the bar cookie doesn't allow for stragglers, or runts, or misfires. Ultimately, each bar is only as good as its batch. Moreover, bar cookies are fun to bite into—they're soft and gooey, and on occasion surprise us with a pleasing crunch or hidden layer. They're dense and easy to eat, as well as easy to share.

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    Magic Cookie Bars

    Magic Cookie Bars

    Food52 - Posie (Harwood) Brien

    Author Notes I've lived nearly 30 years and never made Magic Cookie Bars before this. December remedied this serious oversight for me, and I'm grateful. Here's why: Magic Cookie Bars (also known as Hello...

    Sugar Cookie Bars

    Sugar Cookie Bars

    Food52 - Grant Melton

    Author Notes Regular sugar cookies are already pretty easy to make, but this version is even simpler. No chilling, rolling, or cutting. Instead, spread the sticky, butter-rich dough in a big non-stick...

    Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

    Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

    Food52 - EmilyC

    Author Notes These malted chocolate chunk cookie bars are the ultimate sweet treat in my book. They're like a chocolate chip cookie, brownie, and blondie rolled into one. They're soft, chewy, and fudgy...

    Cranberry Cookie Bars

    Cranberry Cookie Bars

    Food52 - simplycooking101

    Author Notes I always have leftover cranberry sauce and never know what to do with it. Due to my preference for sweets and distinct lack of interest in turkey (or any other kind) of sandwiches that only...

    Coconut Dream Bars

    Coconut Dream Bars

    Food52 - Posie (Harwood) Brien

    Author Notes This classic back of the box recipe (adapted from the Baker's Angel Flake coconut bag) gets a modern makeover with flaked unsweetened coconut. —Posie (Harwood) Brien Makes 9 bars For the layer...

    Nanaimo Bars

    Nanaimo Bars

    Food52 - buttermeupbk

    Author Notes If you grew up in Canada or in the Pacific Northwest then you may be familiar with this no-bake triple-layered confection, which gets its name from Nanaimo, a city on Vancouver Island in Columbia...

    Cinnamon and Rye Shortbread

    Cinnamon and Rye Shortbread

    Food52 - EmilyC

    Author Notes This shortbread is my twist on traditional Scottish shortbread. In my mind, they're pretty much the perfect cookies—rich, buttery, salty-sweet, and delightfully crumbly. The malty sweetness...

    Cookie Butter Blondies

    Cookie Butter Blondies

    Food52 - Posie (Harwood) Brien

    Author Notes Cookie butter—an addictive spread made from spiced speculaas cookies—makes these blondies (adapted from the Biscoff recipe archives) tender and dense with a nuttiness that reminds me a little...

    Cookies and Cream Bars

    Cookies and Cream Bars

    Food52 - Sarah Jampel

    • Makes too many for one person two 12-ounce bags white chocolate chips • one 16-ounce bag chocolate sandwich cookies • cacao nibs, for sprinkling (optional) Line a square or rectangular baking dish (8...

    Lemon Bars

    Lemon Bars

    Food52 - Yossy Arefi

    Author Notes These tart and tangy lemon bars come from the legendary Alice Medrich. I made a couple of changes to her original recipe by browning the butter for the crust, reducing the sugar in the filling...

    Pecan Pie Bars

    Pecan Pie Bars

    Food52 - Coral Lee

    Author Notes Pecan pie likely originated when Indigenous Quinipissa and Tangipahoa tribes introduced pecans to French colonists in the 1900s. Pecan pie bars—with their squared-off edges and ideal crust...

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