24 Irresistible Cookie Bar Recipes
Turns out, you don't have to decide between cookies and brownies. Cookie bars are the perfect two-in-one dessert. Plus, they're easy to make, easy to serve, and guaranteed to be a hit. Learn how to make homemade cookie bars with these recipe ideas. Here are 24 of our best cookie bar recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Best Lemon Bars
"Excellent, everything a true lemon bar should be," says reviewer MommyFromSeattle. "Buttery, tender, and tart." Reviews don’t lie, and these lemon bars have over 2,300 5-star reviews.
Peanut Butter Bars I
You'll never go back to store-bought peanut butter cups after you try these bars. "Kids said that these are better than Reese's," says reviewer Jennifer Plourde.
Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars
These fruity dessert bars make a great after-school snack or after-dinner treat. "I was a little skeptical on the taste of these bars since the ingredient list was so short, but WOW, was I amazed," says reviewer MommyFromSeattle. "These are buttery, moist, crunchy and sweet. Not dry or crumbly at all and so easy to make."
Blonde Brownies I
Cookies and brownies marry to make the ultimate crowd-pleaser: chocolate chip cookie bars. "Easy to make, disappeared in no time," says reviewer hoosiermom. "They were gooey and chewy."
Get the flavor of apple pie in these easy, one-pan bars. "Just made these this afternoon and the kids had already eaten half the pan before the bars finished cooling! These are really tasty," says reviewer MOMTOKTL.
Cream Cheese Squares
A sweet cream mixture is sandwiched between flaky crescent roll dough for a melt-in-your-mouth treat. "I make these squares more than 2 dozen times a year! They are the most popular thing I make. I'm always asked to make them for everything," says reviewer Dori White Mozek. "You will always be a hit, 100% of the time when you bring these to any event. I prefer to line my baking pan with aluminum foil for easy removal and refrigerate overnight. I then remove them from the pan and slice then arrange them on a serving platter."
Bake Sale Lemon Bars
Bake sale or no bake sale, you'll want to make these top-rated lemon bars. "I've made these a few times as they're so easy and delicious," says reviewer Christi.
No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
"I baked about 100 dozen cookies for the holidays and these were everyone's favorite," says recipe creator Joanne. "These bars can be frozen, just thaw 10 minutes before serving."
You can't go wrong with a classic. "This is a very standard recipe but definitely a good one," says reviewer Kelly.
Chewy Peanut Butter Brownies
Peanut-butter loverswill fawn over these ooey gooey brownies. "These brownies were amazing! My boyfriend hates chocolate, so I'm always trying to find desserts that don't have any in them," says reviewer erin.parker. "I made the recipe as is, but made a peanut butter icing in order to make it extra special!"
Blueberry Crumb Bars
Seven Layer Bars
"I made this for a holiday party at work recently and it was a huge hit! It is definitely for the sweets lover but the combination of the butterscotch with the coconut and semi-sweet chocolate really gives them a great flavor," says reviewer ABBYW. "Be careful if you put the bars in the fridge to cool; they can become very hard and difficult to cut. I would advise cooking them the night before and sitting them out to cool instead."
"I'm a professional baker and was searching for a recipe for a die-hard caramel lover, this one was a huge hit," says reviewer M-JVZ. Gooey caramel, chocolate, oats, and nuts come together to make these caramel dream bars.
Pecan Pie Bars I
"I absolutely love pecan pie but often find that it is made too thick and is thus overly sweet from the pan," says reviewer Extra Foamy. "I absolutely love pecan pie but often find that it is made too thick and is thus overly sweet and rich. These were the perfect solution. Not too thin, not too thick."
Magic Cookie Bars II
Oh, ho, ho it's magic! Walnuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and flaked coconuts all come together in a sweet graham cracker crust.
Gramma's Date Squares
"10 stars! I make these everyday in my cafe for customers who can't get enough of them," says reviewer Lorrie.
If you're looking for a sweet and sour combo, look no further than this tart cranberry dessert. "Very good and easy too. I didn't have any whole cranberries on hand, so instead of making the cranberry filling I actually used canned whole cranberry sauce. It worked just fine," says reviewer KZJNK. "This is a great one to add to your baking gifts for the holidays."
"These are incredible," says reviewer SADALSUND. "I was at a bakery and they were giving samples of caramel oatmeal bars and I never thought I'd like them but they were fantastic. I looked on here for a recipe and these were even better than the bakery ones!"
Kids and adults alike will love this simple treat. All you need is a package of brownie mix, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars. Everyone will want s'more!
Turn a classic candy bar into a cookie bar with chocolate and coconut on a graham cracker crust. "I make these bars every year for Christmas as they are awesome," says reviewer Amy W.
Recipe creator SUE CASE describes these as, "Oatmeal bars with a caramel flavored peanut butter topping. A big hit at pot-lucks! Very rich, also!"
Nanaimo Bars III
This no-bake dessert was made famous in British Columbia, Canada, specifically in the town of Nanaimo. It features a layer of chocolate, creamy custard, and a nutty graham cracker crust.
Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies
This chewy blonde brownie is loaded with butterscotch chips, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. "These were butterscotchy and chocolatey, perfectly moist, with a funny little bumpy, crackly top--so pretty! Quick and easy to throw together, with amazing results," says reviewer naples34102.
Mom's Cheesecake Cookie Bars
Cheesecake is so much more fun (and easier to serve) in bar form! "This is one of my all time favorites, " says reviewer terrtyl.