The Top 7 Bar Cookie Recipes

Bar cookies have a lot going for them, they're easy to make, great to serve to a crowd, and keep well. Plus, the wide variety of flavors and textures offers something for everyone. Here are 8 great options to choose from.

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    Brownies stacked
    Brownies stacked. Getty

    These decadent, super-chocolaty brownies are a sure-fire fix for the serious chocolate lover, and the batter makes perfect lick-the-bowl material. What's more, they're so simple to make that they may become your go-to brownie recipe. The walnuts are optional, but highly recommended. You could also use pecans or dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts.

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    Raspberry Hazelnut Bars
    Raspberry Hazelnut Bars. Getty

    These tart jam bars will melt-in-your-mouth. The cookie layer is soft and chewy with a shortbread taste. These are best eaten after they have set for a day - but honestly, that's hard to do! For best results, use a good-quality jam. Raspberry always taste great, but you could experiment with other flavored jams, too. 

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    Cheesecake Brownies
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    Marbled Cheesecake Brownies might be the best brownie variation there is. Cheesecake and brownie batters swirled together make a to-die-for combination.

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    blondies
    Blondies. Getty

    Switch up brownies and try a batch of these easy blondies instead—they're every bit as delicious and full of buttery, brown sugar goodness and packed with chocolate chips and nuts.

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    Lemon Bars
    Luscious Lemon Bars.

    A classic among cookies, these tangy Lemon Bars have a tart, refreshing, and irresistible appeal. For something rich and different, try the Chocolate Lemon Bars variation - now we're talking! 

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    Brownie Shortbread Bars
    Brownie Shortbread Bars. Getty

    These delectable bars combine two classic cookies, tender shortbread and rich, fudgy brownies, into a one delicious bar. You may want to make a double batch of them, as they will disappear quickly.

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    Cherry-Oatmeal Bars
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     The flour and oatmeal mixture serves as the crust as well as the crumbly, streusel that tops the dried cherry filling in this recipe. Dried cranberries or finely chopped dried apricots can be substituted for the cherries.