15 Wonderful Dessert Bar Recipes

Easy Dessert Bars Are the Best Treats

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Linda Larsen

 

We're crazy about dessert bars! They're so easy to make — often a lot easier than baking cookies — and it's a snap to double or triple recipes, when you need to serve a crowd. We've rounded up our absolute favorite dessert bar recipes you can bring to parties and potlucks, or enjoy for a treat anytime. From indulgent chocolate peanut butter bars and rich, cheesecake-style bars, to zingy lemon bars and other classic crumb bars, these easy recipes are the ones you'll rely on again and again, when feeding a group of people, or preparing for the holidays.

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    Pineapple Delight Bars

    Pineapple Delight Bars

    Diana Rattray

     

    Put on the Jimmy Buffet and kick back with these yummy dessert treats that have so much awesome flavor and nostalgic appeal. A buttery shortbread crust is the base for the scrumptious pineapple and cream cheese filling. Then comes the topping of pecans and coconut, which gets toasty brown as the bars bake. Delightfully sweet and crunchy, they make a great party or special occasion treat.

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    Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

    Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

    Linda Larsen

     

    Refrigerated cookie dough makes these addictive dessert bars so easy to make. And the filling and frosting couldn't be easier. Tender and chewy cookie crust is topped with a rich chocolate and peanut butter ganache, and peanut butter frosting. They're rich, indulgent, and simply irresistible.

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    Key Lime Dessert Bars

    Key Lime Bars

    Anita Schecter

     

    Key lime bars make a deliciously refreshing treat on hot summer days. They have a yummy, sweet-tart flavor that comes from key limes, a tropical lime variety available through the summer months. Key lime dessert bars taste fantastic when they're chilled, so make them quickly ahead of time, when you're expecting guests for a summer cook-out. Just keep them in the fridge until company arrives, and you'll have a tasty, homemade treat with very little fuss.

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    The Ultimate Brownie Recipe

    The Ultimate Brownie Recipe

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    Brownies are one of America's favorite dessert bars! This recipe for ultimate brownies is one of our all-time favorites, and we're sure it will become one of yours, too. Ultimate brownies are tall like a cakey brownie, but dense like a fudgey brownie. so you get the best of both worlds. The rich, cake-style texture makes it super hard to only eat one.

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    Funfetti Cake Bars With Chocolate Glaze

    Funfetti Cake Bars With Chocolate Glaze

    Anita Schecter

     

    Delight your family and friends at any time of year, with these super fun and colorful dessert bar treats that bring the party! This easy homemade cake bar practically explodes with color, thanks to the addition of crunchy, sweet, "funfetti" rainbow sprinkles in the batter. Makes a perfect treat for kids' birthday parties and holiday buffet tables.

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    Winning Lemon Bars

    Winning Lemon Bars

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    Bright, tangy, sweet, and lovely, lemon bars make a perfect dessert for Mother's Day brunch, bridal showers, baby showers, and other happy occasions. This winning recipe for lemon bars includes fresh lemon juice and zest, eggs, butter, and other ingredients.

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    Easy Blueberry Cake Bars

    Easy Blueberry Cake Bars

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    Blueberry cake dessert bars are a welcome sight at any potluck, buffet or brunch table. This baked dessert bars recipe is as easy as pie, except it isn't pie! It's just a great, cake-style dessert bar recipe that's simple to make and is perfect for using up an abundance of blueberries.

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    Spiced Fresh Apple Bars

    Spiced Fresh Apple Bars

    Diana Rattray

     

    A simple spiced batter, grated fresh apples, and chopped walnuts make these essential apple bars moist, comforting, and delicious. You don't even need to peel the apples to make this easy recipe!

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    Easy Oven Baked S'Mores Bars

    Easy Oven Baked S'Mores Bars

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    Your family and friends are sure to ask for some more of these awesome treats. Insanely delicious, oven baked s'mores bars are made with all your favorite s'mores ingredients, including graham crackers, milk chocolate, and miniature marshmallows. The buttery crushed graham cracker crust is topped with chocolate bars and little marshmallows for a delicious, oven baked s'mores treat. They're so easy to make — no campfire required!

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    Oatmeal Carmelitas

    Oatmeal Carmelitas

    Linda Larsen

     

    Cute, crumbly oatmeal carmelitas are a scrumptious, layered bar cookie that are a favorite with family and guests. They're filled with caramel and chocolate, sandwiched in between a wonderful mixture of oatmeal and brown sugar. With their soft, gooey middle and cookie-style crust, these bars won't last long before they're all gone.

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    Hello Dolly Bars

    Hello Dolly Bars

    Diana Rattray

     

    Hello dolly bars not only have the cutest name ever — they're incredibly rich, dense, and delicious. Also known as 7 layer bars, they are made with graham cracker crumbs, sweetened coconut flakes, chopped nuts, semi-sweet chocolate and butterscotch chips. The ingredients are assembled in seven layers, then drizzled with sweetened condensed milk, before you pop them in the oven.

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    Classic Coconut Dream Bars

    Classic Coconut Dream Bars

    Diana Rattray

     

    Take just one bite of these homemade treats, and you'll know why they're called dream bars. Just follow the easy, two-step instructions in this recipe. First, the brown sugar shortbread crust is partially baked, and allowed to cool. Then, the chewy, toffee-like coconut and pecan topping is added, and they get a second bake. They come out of the oven golden brown, and ready to demolish.

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    Pumpkin Bars With Streusel Topping

    Pumpkin Bars With Streusel Topping

    Diana Rattray

     

    These yummy pumpkin bars are topped with a crumbly brown sugar and pecan streusel topping. The bars are made with brown sugar, spices, and pumpkin puree. The topping is a mixture of brown sugar, pecans, and butter along with some flour and cinnamon.

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    Cherry Crumb Bars

    Cherry Crumb Bars

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    Store-bought cake mix, and prepared cherry pie filling, make these cherry crumb bars super easy to prepare. Crumbly and crunchy on the outside with the goodness of oats, and sweet and gooey on the inside, these winning dessert bars are a great dessert for Memorial Day gatherings and Fourth of July parties.

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    Matcha (Green Tea) Mochi Bars

    Matcha (Green Tea) Mochi Bars

    Judy Ung

     

    Matcha mochi bars are a wonderful and unexpected addition to your recipe box. You'll love their comforting, chewy, gooey texture, and beautifully complex sweetness, with a hint of green tea flavor. These bars also have a crunchy baked bar crust, that gives great contrast to the soft, silky filling.