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Bar Cookies: Your Best Friend For Picnics, Potlucks, and Parties

Nov 4 2014 - 4:25am

As the headline suggests, bar cookies are pretty much unparalleled when it comes to baking for a crowd, whether for your kid's bake sale, a potluck feast, or a casual backyard barbecue. Easy to make, crowd-pleasing, and simple to scale into large batches, these 20 options are sure to satisfy.

Photos: Nicole Perry

Caramel Nut Bars

A canny combination of walnuts, almonds, and pecans joins forces with a salty honey caramel and a shortbread base for a nutty bar cookie [1] you don't want to miss.

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup blondies [2] . . . enough said.

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Marshmallow Cereal Treats

Use your favorite cereal — we vote for Golden Grahams — to make these ultrasimple marshmallow treats [3].

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Apricot Crumble Bars

Almond icing, a buttery shortbread base, apricot preserves, and just the right amount of crumble topping make these bars [4] a perfect 10.

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Scottish Shortbread

Crumbly, butter-rich bar cookies [5] made from only six ingredients? It doesn't get much better than that!

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

Since the frosting is swirled in before baking, these marbled bars [6] are a great option for transporting to a party or sending in the mail. (No need to worry about the frosting getting mangled in transit.)

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Funfetti Blondies

If you make just one recipe out of the bunch, these chewy, sprinkle-studded funfetti blondies [7] ought to be it.

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Coconut Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats

Coconut and chocolate chips [8] add a grown-up touch to Rice Krispies Treats.

Source: Heather Christo [9]

Cashew Fig Bars

Part energy bar, part oatmeal cookie, these chewy cashew-butter- and fig-based bars [10] are a lovely, less-indulgent option.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Fudgy Brownies

We're not exaggerating when we claim that these may be the richest, fudgiest brownies in all the land [11].

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Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars

No need to decide between making a cheesecake, pie, or a crumble; these pumpkin bars [12] combine the best components of each.

Source: Cooking For Keeps [13]

Apple Pie Bars

Apple crumble bars [14] are like pie for crust-lovers, though they pack in plenty of apple filling too.

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Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

For a low-fuss way to get your pumpkin fix, make cream-cheese-frosted pumpkin bars [15].

Source: My Baking Addiction [16]

Maple Butterscotch Blondies

These blondies [17] aren't messing around: packed into each salty, chewy bite are pecans, white chocolate, and butterscotch chips, all topped off with a maple drizzle.

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Double-Lemon Bars

Most lemon bars only use the citrus fruit's tart juice, but these pack double the flavor [18] by also incorporating the zest into the shortbread base.

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Slutty Brownies

Slutty brownies [19] aren't for the faint of heart; this decadent recipe combines chocolate chip cookies, Oreos, brownies, chocolate ganache, and rainbow sprinkles.

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Salted Brown Butter Blondies

As you might imagine, these salty brown butter blondies [20] are pretty amazing thanks to their chewy texture, a generous dose of butter, and tasty mix-ins (blond chocolate and toasted pecans).

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Lucky Charms Treats

Channel two childhood favorites — Lucky Charms cereal and Rice Krispies treats — by combining the two into a festive marshmallow treat [21].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Rice Krispies Treats

Two small tweaks — doubling the butter and adding a generous dose of salt — take ordinary Rice Krispies treats to the next level [22].

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Pink Lemonade Bars

Combine two childhood favorites — pink lemonade and lemon bars — into one mouth-puckering treat [23].

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