Category Archives: Cookies – Bar Cookies and Brownies

Fig Jam Bars

Fig Jam Bars

I’ve always liked the oat and fig flavor combination of Fig Newtons (or similar knock-offs), as the subtly nutty oat flavor goes very well with the rich, sticky sweetness of the fig filling. The texture of the cake-like cookies is not always ideal, however. It might just be a freshness issue, but I never liked getting a batch of fig newtons were the edges were ... Read More »

Magic Bars

Magic Bars

Magic bars have been around for quite some time, and even though their name alone isn’t that descriptive, if you’ve been to some kind of school bake sale in the past few decades, you’ve probably seen or eaten them. These chewy bar cookies have a layers of chocolate, nuts and coconut, soaked in sweetened condensed milk, and all stacked on a graham cracker crust. They’re ... Read More »

By Cracky Bars

By Cracky Bars

“By cracky!” is one of those great, old-timey phrases that you don’t hear too much any more. Although if you have some older relatives it might come out once in a while in place of “by golly” or “by gosh” (or some similar euphemism). And, you might start hearing it around the kitchen if you add these to your repertoire because they’re By Cracky Bars! ... Read More »

Chocolate Mint Cookie Squares

They might look like fudgy brownies, but these Chocolate Mint Cookie Squares are actually far closer to the cookie side of the spectrum where bar cookies are concerned. They are fairly firm, with a nice chew to the center, like a thick cookie. The recipe is a play on the Caramel Oatmeal Brownies I made a while back. This time around, I added some chocolate ... Read More »

Buttermilk Lemon Bars

Buttermilk Lemon Bars

It’s been quite some time since I made a batch of lemon bars. Lemon bars are a classic bake-sale item, like brownies and chocolate chip cookies, and because they seem like such a staple of homemade baked goods, I think I overlook them a little too often in favor of more unusual recipes. It’s too bad because good lemon bars are really delicious. A slightly ... Read More »

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies, aerial

Cheesecake brownies are such a great treat. They have a wonderful combination of flavors and textures, and even though they’re usually quite rich, the balance between the tangy cheesecake and chocolaty brownie makes them seem light. Classic vanilla cheesecake is the default topping for these, but there is no reason that you can’t branch out and try other flavor combinations here, just as you can ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas Bars

Samoas Bars, stacked

I love the look of the original Samoas Girl Scout Cookies, but making them from scratch can be a little bit time consuming. This is largely because the dough must be rolled out, cut out and then each of the cookies has to be handled individually for topping. The results are well worth it, in my opinion, but we don’t always have time to make ... Read More »

Cashew Brittle Bars

Cashew Brittle Bars

The only thing better than a recipe that is dead easy is one that is dead easy to make, doesn’t require many ingredients and tastes fantastic. These Cashew Brittle Bars happen to fall into that category. The recipe has just four ingredients and takes just minutes to throw together. The bars consist of a thin layer of crisp shortbread that is studded with toasted, salted ... Read More »

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