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Lemony Coconut Bars

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Nancy Zimmerman
These lemony and chewy bars make a refreshing addition to the holiday cookie tray. Try lime juice and zest for a zingy twist. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Patterned Cheesecake Squares

Patterned Cheesecake Squares

Patterned Cheesecake Squares

With chocolate-sauce designs piped on top, these sensational squares will remind your friends of fun patterned papers from the craft store. And you'll love how easy these rich desserts are to assemble.

Sweet & Salty Cranberry Bars

Sweet & Salty Cranberry Bars

Sweet & Salty Cranberry Bars

Studded with cranberries, cashews, chocolate and butterscotch, these dreamy morsels make an irresistible pop-in-your-mouth treat perfect for a holiday dessert platter. But be warned—they’re so addictive you may want to serve them all year long.

Coconut Cranberry Bars

Coconut Cranberry Bars

Coconut Cranberry Bars

"I begged a neighbor for the recipe after tasting these yummy bars at a coffee she hosted," recalls Dolly McDonald of Edmonton, Alberta. "The colors make them real eye-pleasers, too!"
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Lemon Shortbread Squares

Lemon Shortbread Squares

Lemon Shortbread Squares

During the Christmas season, I keep homemade cookies available in my office to share with co-workers. These easy-to-prepare squares always get rave reviews.

Browned Butter Cereal Bars

Browned Butter Cereal Bars

Browned Butter Cereal Bars

Crispy rice treats were one of the first recipes I ever made as a kid. For this version, I wanted to make something similar but more special. Friends and family think using Cap'n Crunch in and browned butter is genius, but I just call them delicious.—Kelly Krauss, Lebanon, New Jersey

Brown Sugar Date Squares

Brown Sugar Date Squares

Brown Sugar Date Squares

"I've used this recipe for years," shares Suzanne Caithamer of Walton, Kentucky. "It's a wonderful addition to care packages and holiday cookie exchanges. Even people who don't like dates love them!" You can cut larger squares and add a scoop of ice cream to serve as a dessert.

Candied Orange Date Bars

Candied Orange Date Bars

Candied Orange Date Bars

A good friend of mine gave me the recipe for these yummy, rich date bars. Chopped candied orange slices really make them special. I dip my kitchen shears in hot water to make cutting the orange slices a little easier.

Chocolate Walnut Squares

Chocolate Walnut Squares

Chocolate Walnut Squares

Rich and satisfying, these bars create a symphony of flavors with every bite. The nutty crust, exquisite chocolate layer and the creamy frosting make this dessert one of my personal favorites. It's fun to take these treats to a potluck. —Anne Heinonen, Howell, Michigan

Coconut Macadamia Bars

Coconut Macadamia Bars

Coconut Macadamia Bars

Since the meat loaves cook so quickly, your microwave will be free to fix sweet Coconut Macadamia Bars shared by Annette Lamle of Columbia City, Indiana. "We found this recipe when working on our son Cody's 4-H microwave cooking project," she notes. "We made different versions of this treat 'til Cody decided which one he and his dad liked best. He ended up receiving Reserve Grand Champion for his efforts."

Pine Nut Caramel Shortbread

Pine Nut Caramel Shortbread

Pine Nut Caramel Shortbread

“I have a love affair with pine nuts and decided to use them in place of pecans in a friend’s caramel bar recipe. I think you’ll like the results as well as my family does.” —Dara Michalski, Sandy, Utah



Date Bar Dessert

Date Bar Dessert

Date Bar Dessert

MY MOTHER copied this recipe from a Quaker Oats box in the 1950s, and it remains one of our favorite treats today. I serve these date-filled squares as a snack or for dessert topped with a dollop of whipped cream. -Jill McCon, Montrose, Michigan

Choco-Peanut Bars Deluxe

Choco-Peanut Bars Deluxe

Choco-Peanut Bars Deluxe

Satisfy your sweet tooth with the classic blend of peanut butter and chocolate. Together, the tender peanutty bar and crunchy chocolate topping are irresistible.—Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, IL

Glazed Orange Date Squares

Glazed Orange Date Squares

Glazed Orange Date Squares

Notes Cincinnati, Ohio field editor Ruth Stoops, "Orange, chocolate and chewy dates make a memorable combination."

Candied Cherry Nut Bars

Candied Cherry Nut Bars

Candied Cherry Nut Bars

Every year at Christmas, my mother and I would make dozens of cookies, including this favorite. Now all the women in my family get together for a baking bonanza, rotating houses each year. —Barbara Wilson, Thamesville, Ontario
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