Brownies and bar cookies

Whether you crave chocolate and nuts or tangy lemon, you have many options here, from fruit-filled bars and buttery blondies to classic dark chocolate brownies.

bars and brownies
Photo: James Carrier

Bars and brownies are a great option when you want to bake a lot of cookies in a short amount of time. Another of their virtues is that they can be cut into any size you choose ― bite-size squares look elegant on a cookie plate, while bigger squares are the perfect partner to a tall glass of cold milk. Whether you crave chocolate and nuts or tangy lemon, you'll find plenty of options here, from fruit-filled bars and buttery blondies to classic dark chocolate brownies.

Helpful hints:

• Use a sharp knife to cut bars into squares or rectangles; if they're very moist or sticky, wipe the blade of the knife clean between each slice.

• Use a small spatula to remove bars from pan.

• If you're bringing brownies or bars to a party, cut them, then transport in their baking pan.

• For an easy dessert, top a brownie or bar with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of purchased chocolate or caramel sauce.

Royal Raspberry Bars

Brandied Apricot Bars

Buttery Lemon Squares

Fig Streusel Bars

Cheesecake Bars

Peanut Butter-Oat Bars

Honey-Sesame Bars

Pecan Sandy Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Swirled Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Bars

Lemony Coconut Bars

Chocolate-Peppermint Shortbread Bars

Shortbread Caramel Brownie Bars

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Butterscotch Blondies

Chocolate-Fromage Blanc Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Mexican Chocolate Brownies

Mocha Brownie Bites

Peanut Butter Brownies

Peppermint-topped Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies

Black and White Brownies

White Chocolate Brownies

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