The 9 Best Bar Cookie Recipes

Bar cookies are easy to make and so efficient. You don't have to individually shape each cookie, and each recipe makes a large amount. These are my favorite bar cookie recipes. From simple shortbread to indulgent layered bars, these recipes are the ones I make when feeding a group of people or preparing for the holidays. They span the range of simple (Cookie Brittle) to indulgent (Oatmeal Carmelitas), and include flavors that range from peanut butter to lemon and fruit. Enjoy these easy...MORE recipes!

  • 01 of 09
    Claire Cohen

    This recipe is a variation of one of my favorite shaped cookie recipes. The chewy and moist peanut butter bar is topped with peanut butter and chocolate candies and a rich peanut butter-chocolate frosting. Wow!

  • 02 of 09
    Oatmeal Carmelitas
    Oatmeal Carmelitas. Linda Larsen

    This classic bar cookie recipe is simply spectacular. I've improved upon the original recipe by adding more chocolate chips and a thicker oatmeal base and topping. You can use caramel ice cream topping mixed with a little flour for the caramel layer, but please, try it with real caramels at least once in your life!

  • 03 of 09
    Butter Pecan Cookies
    Butter Pecan Cookies. Linda Larsen

    In these easy cookies, a rich shortbread layer is covered with homemade caramel, pecans, and milk chocolate chips. They taste like Turtle Candies, but are a lot easier to make!

  • 04 of 09
    Lemon Bars. Linda Larsen

    This is one of my favorite bar cookie recipes. A tender shortbread crust is topped with a light and fluffy, intensely lemon filling. You can sprinkle these bars with powdered sugar, or you can top them with a thin lemon icing.

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  • 05 of 09
    Peanut Butter Turtle Bars. Linda Larsen

    What could be better than brownies covered with a caramel peanut butter filling, and topped with a rich and smooth chocolate frosting? Nothing!

  • 06 of 09
    Creamy Brownies
    Creamy Brownies. Linda Larsen

    This rich brownies recipe is smooth, velvety, and chewy with the best flavor and most tender texture. You'll love it.

  • 07 of 09
    Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
    Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars. Linda Larsen

    Can you tell I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter? This special bar cookie recipe uses refrigerated dough as the base, topped with a chocolate ganache, then a fluffy peanut butter mousse. It's to die for.

  • 08 of 09
    Cookie Brittle. Linda Larsen

    This is an old recipe from the 1970s. I like it because it transforms chocolate chip cookies into a crisp shortbread. It's quick and easy to make and children love it.

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  • 09 of 09
    Special Kay Bars. Linda Larsen

    I love this rich and sweet bar cookie - and so do my husband's students! I make them once a week and he takes them to school: and they're gone in about 15 minutes. The sweetness of the cookie is tempered by the rich and smooth peanut butter. Yum.