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

Jul 12 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 eight options are sure to satisfy.

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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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Lucky Charms Treats

Channel two childhood favorites — Lucky Charms cereal and Rice Krispies treats — by combining the two into a festive marshmallow treat [3].

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Scottish Shortbread

Crumbly, butter-rich bar cookies [4] made from only six ingredients? It doesn't get much better than that!

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Cashew Fig Bars

Part energy bar, part oatmeal cookie, these chewy cashew-butter- and fig-based bars [5] are a lovely, less-indulgent option.

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Fudgy Brownies

We're not exaggerating when we claim that these may be the richest, fudgiest brownies in all the land [6].

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Double-Lemon Bars

Most lemon bars only use the citrus fruit's tart juice, but these pack double the flavor [7] by also incorporating the zest into the shortbread base.

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Salted Brown Butter Blondies

As you might imagine, these salty brown butter blondies [8] 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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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 [9].

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