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24 Bars and Brownies with 5 Ingredients (or Less!)

Need an easy-to-fix dessert? These five-ingredient brownie and bar recipes are here to the rescue.

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

To make a dairy-free dessert, I created chocolate peanutty bars. My kids and their friends gobble them up. I’ve written about it on my blog, joyfulscribblings.com. —Dawn Pasco, Overland Park, Kansas

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Magic Brownie BarsTaste of Home

Magic Brownie Bars

When I was a kid, one of my all-time favorite treats was magic cookie bars (which we also called Hello Dolly bars). This recipe combines all the same classic flavors in a magic brownie bar! —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina

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Peanut Butter Chocolate BarsTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

These chewy peanut butter chocolate bars are the perfect no-fuss dessert. I’ve discovered the trick is to get them into the refrigerator to set up before they disappear! —Lorri Speer, Centralia, Washington

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No-Bake Cereal BarsTaste of Home

No-Bake Cereal Bars

With two kinds of cereal and peanut butter, these bars taste almost like candy. —Pauline Christiansen, Columbus, Kansas

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Chocolate Peanut TreatsTaste of Home

Chocolate Peanut Treats

When I was in high school, I took these sweet and crunchy squares to bake sales— and they were the first to sell out. I still make them for family and friends who love the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter. —Christy Asher, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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White Chocolate Cereal BarsTaste of Home

White Chocolate Cereal Bars

A friend gave me this fresh take on traditional crispy treats. My husband loves them, and I feel so efficient with their quick prep time. —Anne Powers, Munford, Alabama

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Cherry Crumb DessertTaste of Home

Cherry Crumb Dessert

This dessert is a sweet treat, especially when garnished with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream! The crust and crumb topping have a wonderful nutty flavor, and the smooth fruit filling looks beautiful when served. —Ann Eastman, Greenville, California

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Crumb-Topped Date BarsTaste of Home

Crumb-Topped Date Bars

The basic dough doubles as a shortbread-like crust and crumbly topping for these sweet date bars. —Gloria McBride, Payson, Utah

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Chocolaty S'mores BarsTaste of Home

Chocolaty S'mores Bars

One night, my husband had some friends over to play poker and he requested these s'mores bars. They polished off the pan and asked for more! I shared the recipe, and now their families make them, too. —Rebecca Shipp, Beebe, Arkansas

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal BarsTaste of Home

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

I have to be super careful when cooking for my daughter because of food sensitivities, so I make these no-bake peanut butter oatmeal bars with certified gluten-free oats. Everyone loves these bars! —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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Toffee Turtle SquaresTaste of Home

Toffee Turtle Squares

Here’s an easy way to make turtle candy. These bars are very rich, so a little square will do ya. —Glenna Tooman, Boise, Idaho

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Gooey Chocolate-Peanut BarsTaste of Home

Gooey Chocolate-Peanut Bars

These are so easy to make and take no time at all. They’re great to package up for those college kids looking for something from home. Everyone will want this recipe. —Elaine Grimme, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Triple Fudge BrowniesTaste of Home

Triple Fudge Brownies

When you're in a hurry to make dessert, here's a "mix of mixes" that's so convenient and quick. The result is a big pan of very rich, fudgy brownies. Friends who ask me for the recipe are amazed that it's so easy. —Denise Nebel, Wayland, Iowa

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Scottish Shortbread BarsTaste of Home

Scottish Shortbread Bars

This simple three-ingredient shortbread recipe makes wonderfully rich, tender cookie bars. Serve them with fresh berries of the season for a nice, light dessert. You’ll get miles of smiles when friends see these at an afternoon tea or a bridal shower. —Marlene Hellickson, Big Bear City, California

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Macaroon BarsTaste of Home

Macaroon Bars

Guests will never recognize the refrigerated crescent roll dough that goes into these almond-flavored bars. You can assemble these chewy coconut treats in no time. —Carolyn Kyzer, Alexander, Arkansas

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Fruity Cereal BarsTaste of Home

Fruity Cereal Bars

With dried apple and cranberries, these crispy cereal bars are perfect for snacks or brown-bag lunches. —Giovanna Kranenberg, Cambridge, Minnesota

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South Dakota Frito TreatsTaste of Home

South Dakota Frito Treats

Yep, they're made with corn chips! These salty sweets were a staple after meetings at the quilt guild I belonged to in South Dakota. —Carol Tramp, Wynot, Nebraska

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Apple Kuchen BarsTaste of Home

Apple Kuchen Bars

This recipe is about family, comfort and simplicity. My mom made this delicious sweet treat many a winter night and served it warm with some of her famous homemade ice cream. I like to make a double batch and pass on the love! —Elizabeth Monfort, Celina, Ohio

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Peanut Butter Cereal TreatsTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

Kids will love these colorful, crunchy bars. They’re a fun twist on the traditional marshmallow crispy treats…and because they’re so easy, older kids could whip up a batch on their own! —Christie Porter, Shipshewana, Indiana

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Microwave Oatmeal BarsTaste of Home

Microwave Oatmeal Bars

My mother shared this speedy recipe with me. There are not a lot of ingredients, so these chewy treats are easy to fix in the microwave. —Annette Self, Junction City, Ohio

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Peanut Butter Popcorn BarsTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars

If you're looking for a fun snack for kids, try this chewy peanut butter popcorn recipe that have a mild peanut butter taste. They're easy to stir up and can be pressed into a pan to form bars or shaped into balls. —Kathy Oswald, Wauzeka, Wisconsin

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Easy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin BarsTaste of Home

Easy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

This dessert is super easy to pull together and the flavorful results will win you nothing but rave reviews. — Aimee Ransom, Hoschton, Georgia

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Black & White Cereal TreatsTaste of Home

Black & White Cereal Treats

When my daughter was just 7 years old, she had the brilliant idea of adding Oreo cookies to cereal treats. Now 24, she still asks for them on occasion; they're that good. —Tammy Phoenix, Ava, Illinois

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More The Merrier Orange, Fig & Walnut BarsTaste of Home

More The Merrier Orange, Fig & Walnut Bars

Orange, fig and walnuts make a bar that’s uniquely different and delicious. Think you can eat just one? —Judy Dalton, Danville, Virginia