Bar cookies are here to revolutionize your festive baking routine with minimal effort and maximum flavor. Forget the fuss of rolling dough and cutting shapes – these bar delights will become your holiday baking BFFs. From gooey caramel to chocolatey layers, we’ve rounded up some seriously easy and festive recipes that might just outshine your traditional drop cookies. So, whether you’re a seasoned baker or a rookie in the kitchen, grab your apron, and whip up some holiday magic in bar form!
Easy Seven Layer Bars
These Easy Gluten Free Seven Layers Bars are just what your holiday table needs. They are packed with layers of chocolate, coconut flakes, and pecans.
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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
These Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are right out of my mom’s recipe book. They are rich, sweet and deliciously sticky. They can easily be made ahead of time and popped into the freezer.
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Smores Bars are always a win and these sweet ones will not disappoint. Made with chocolate graham crackers, chocolate chunks, and mini marshmallows.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
If you love pumpkin as much as I do, you are definitely going to love these pumpkin chocolate chip bars. This easy to make pumpkin and chocolate recipe is so amazing. Pumpkin might be associated with fall recipes but it’s delicious any time of the year. If you are looking for a moist, easy pumpkin squares recipe, this is it! You will love how well pumpkin and chocolate go together in these bars.
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Chocolate Coconut Magic Bars
My mom said that she got this coconut squares recipe from her aunt about 40 years ago. So we have been making these chocolate coconut magic bars for a long time! Some people call them old fashioned coconut bars and I have also seen them called Hello Dolly bars, too. Whatever you call them they are TASTY!
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Strawberry Oat Bars
When it comes to wanting to dig into some sweet treats, just know that I may or may not have any self-control. For those of you who are just like me and want to find some balance of health while satisfying that sweet tooth of yours, then keep reading for these deliciously vegan and gluten-free strawberry oat bars!
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How To Make The Best Peppermint Bark Cookies
Peppermint bark is one of those holiday treats that you have to have. But have you had peppermint bark cookies? These easy holiday cookies are sure to make mom (or dad) the favorite person of the week.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Let’s just say that I have a sweet tooth the size of Texas…and that is just one of the contributing factors as to why I love these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. The other reasons are because it tastes amazing, has less than 10 ingredients, and bakes up in a short amount of time.
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Gingerbread Cookie Bars
Wondering what to bring to your next Christmas party? Gingerbread cookie bars are the perfect dessert! The recipe uses a 9×13 pan, which yields plenty of dessert bars for a party. Your guests will love the chewy texture, spiced flavor and rich cream cheese frosting.
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Magic Cookie Bars
Magic Cookie Bars are exactly as described – magical! A buttery graham cracker crust is topped with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut flakes and walnuts. There’s a little something in there for everyone!
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Cranberry Bliss Bars
Move over, Starbucks – these copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars are more scrumptious than anything you can pick up from a drive-thru! Soft, chewy, cookie-like bars are flavored with an array of ingredients, the most notable being the festive dried cranberries and sweet white chocolate chips. Of course, the easy to make cream cheese frosting is what really steals the show!
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Scandinavian Almond Bars
Looking for something new to add to your holiday cookie platter? Try these Scandinavian almond bars! They are super easy to make in large batches and they are freezer friendly! You’ll love the delicious almond flavor in every bite.
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One of the best shortbread recipes ever made, Millionaire Shortbread Bars are layer upon layer of amazingly sweet flavor. Buttery shortbread topped with a layer of gooey caramel, then blanketed with melted chocolate. Lightly salted for a little extra pop of flavor. Betcha can’t eat just one.
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Ultimate White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookie Bars
Yummy, golden, chewy cookies filled with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips! To top it off, I added a drizzle of Orange Vanilla Glaze. These White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookie Bars are delicious and festive for the holiday season. Also, by melting the butter, there is no need for a stand mixer. The melted butter helps to create a cookie bar with chewy centers that hold well to milk dunking! This is an easy, turnkey recipe your family will love!
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Grinch Cookie Bars (Easy Recipe!)
Grinch Cookies in a simple to make bar form! Grinch Cookie Bars are a delicious homemade grinch themed treat that’s so simple to make! Green frosting and a big red heart make them perfect for Christmas, or a Grinch Movie viewing party.
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Easy Homemade Twix Bars Recipe
Ever thought about whipping up your own batch of homemade Twix bars? It is much easier than you think! With a few fun and clever shortcuts, we’ve cooked up a super easy recipe that recreates the beloved Twix bar magic right in your own kitchen. You will love the combination of a buttery shortbread crust, gooey caramel, and a chocolate topping!
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Skor Bars With Ritz Crackers (Aka White Trash Bars)
These Skor bars (aka White Trash bars) are elevated with the addition of luxurious white chocolate on top. These bars are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and chewy, and ultra-creamy with the taste of toffee.
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World’S Best Nanaimo Bars (Video)
These classic Nanaimo bars are one of Canada’s most popular desserts. They have a fudgy chocolate and coconut cookie base, a creamy custard buttercream filling, and a smooth chocolate ganache on top. Every bite is like a taste of heaven that will keep you coming back for more!
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Soft Sugar Cookie Bars
Super soft sugar cookie bars topped with a fluffy layer buttercream are a fun and easy treat. They are so much quicker to make than individual cookies and taste great!
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Best M&M Christmas Cookie Bars
One of the best and prettiest holiday cookies around is this M&M candies Christmas cookie bars recipe. The tender cream cheese dough and the triple chocolate flavors make this a crave-able combination. Chocolate chips and red & green M&M candies ensure every chocolate lover has a very merry Christmas with these home-baked cookies.
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Gumdrop Cookie Bar Recipe
If you do not have a lot of time this holiday season (and who does?) this simple cookie bar is the perfect holiday treat to make for holiday gathering, lunchboxes, school treats, or to bring into the office. Festive, fun, and a snap to make, these Gumdrop Cookie Bars are great for children and adults alike.
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Butterscotch Blondie Bars
Chewy Butterscotch Blondie Bars are like hand-held comfort. Butterscotch is a comforting, cozy flavor that warms the soul. Starting with a cake mix, makes these bars quick and easy.
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No Bake Oreo Cheesecake Bars
No Bake Oreo Cheesecake bars. Crushed Oreos for the base. A smooth mix of white chocolate, cream cheese, and Oreo chunks for the filling. And the topping is scattered Oreos, and dark chocolate. And you don’t have to bake it. You already know you’re going to like this one.
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Red Velvet Bars (Small Batch)
If you love red velvet cake, then you’ll love these homemade Red Velvet Bars from scratch without cake mix, complete with cream cheese frosting. They’re small batch sugar cookie bars baked in a loaf pan.
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Almond Cheesecake Bars
I love recipes that almond, and almond extract is so fabouous! I always have a can of roasted almonds in my pantry snacking on too. I also love cheesecake, but making and storing a big cheesecake takes time and space.
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Karen Kelly, a food and travel writer, is the founder of Seasonal Cravings. She is also a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the AP Wire and MSN.