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Bar Recipes

Looking for bar recipes? Find great tasting dessert bar recipes including brownie bars, apricot bars, and more dessert bar recipes.

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I turned sour cream raisin pie into a cookie bar with a crunchy oatmeal crust, custard-style filling and crisp topping. —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, OR
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Caramel Corn Treats

Caramel Corn Treats

Caramel Corn Treats

A funky-fun twist on traditional Rice Krispie squares, these are a cinch to make and will delight the kiddies.—Cathy Tang, Redmond, Washington

Sweet Peanut Treats

Sweet Peanut Treats

Sweet Peanut Treats

We sold tempting bars almost like these at the refreshment stand at the Minnesota state park where I worked in the '70's, and they were a favorite of employees and visitors alike. Now I make this recipe when I want to serve a special treat. —Phyllis Smith, Olympia, Washington

Peanut Chocolate Bars

Peanut Chocolate Bars

Peanut Chocolate Bars

Sue Thomas of Casa Grande, Arizona uses common pantry items to whip up these bars. Peanut butter combines with a cake mix for a tender crust. Then a rich layer of cream cheese is topped with chocolate chips and nuts before baking.
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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

Pear-Apple Pie Bars

Pear-Apple Pie Bars

Pear-Apple Pie Bars

With two kinds of fruit, these bars from our Test Kitchen have mass appeal. The lovely lattice top makes it special for get-togethers.

Peanutty Caramel Bars

Peanutty Caramel Bars

Peanutty Caramel Bars

Made in the microwave, these sweet and chewy bars can be stirred by very quickly. Loaded with caramel, chocolate, peanuts and peanut butter, they remind some folks of a candy bar. Kids of all ages love them. —Charlene Bennett Clearville, Pennsylvania

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!"

Candy Cane Shortbread Bars

Candy Cane Shortbread Bars

Candy Cane Shortbread Bars

I created these bars for my daughter, who loves peppermint. The buttery shortbread texture just melts in your mouth. It’s a hit wherever I take it. —Susan Ciuffreda, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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.

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



Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

My shortbread squares are the ultimate go-to for cookie trays and gift-giving. The buttery caramel and toasted nuts make it a tough to eat just one. —Diana Ashcraft, Monmouth, OR

Ribbon Crispies

Ribbon Crispies

Ribbon Crispies

"These dressed-up rice crispies are a great-tasting twist on a longtime favorite," writes Nancy Baker of Boonville, Missouri. "They’re perfect for buffet tables and meals eaten on the run. Kids from 1 to 101 love them, and they’re always a huge hit no matter where or when I share them with others."

Chocolate Chip Graham Bars

Chocolate Chip Graham Bars

Chocolate Chip Graham Bars

These moist chewy bars are a satisfying snack any time of day. Packed with oats, chocolate chips, crunchy peanuts and graham cereal, they have something for everyone. -Sandi Michalski, Macy, Indiana

Praline Snackers

Praline Snackers

Praline Snackers

These dressed-up graham crackers are an instant cure for the 'hungries' any time of day. Try them as a late-night snack with a glass of ice-cold milk—delicious!—Jean Komlos, Plymouth, Michigan
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