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Cake Mix Brownies

These cake mix brownies are a mashup of two of my favorite desserts. A woman I worked with gave me a recipe for chocolate caramel brownies, and I had a recipe for yellow cake mix bars. I wondered what they would taste like together, so I tried it. I've been making them ever since! —Staci Mergenthal, Verdi, Minnesota

Chocolate-Coconut Layer Bars

I’m a huge fan of Nanaimo bars, the no-bake layered dessert named for the city in British Columbia. For fun,...


Contest-Winning Strawberry Jam Bars

I bake for a group of seniors every week, and this is one of the goodies they request most. I...


Gooey Chocolate-Peanut Bars

These are so easy to make and take no time at all. They’re great to package up for those college...


Frosted Peanut Butter Fingers

I first learned about these quick crowd-pleasers from a next-door neighbor when I sniffed the delightful aroma of a batch...

Chewy Pecan Pie Bars

This treat is one of my husband's favorites. I've been making these bars for many years, and we still can't...


Glazed Peanut Butter Bars

Memories of lunchtime at school and my Aunt Shelly's kitchen come to mind when I bite into these sweet, chewy...

Glazed Apple Pie Bars

This is only one of many wonderful recipes that my mother handed down to me. With their flaky crust and...


Winning Apricot Bars

This recipe is down-home baking at its best, and it really represents all regions of the country. It's won blue...


Black-Bottom Banana Bars

These bars stay very moist, and their rich banana and chocolate flavor is even better the second day. My mother-in-law...


Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

It took me a long time to develop this quick-and-easy recipe, but I’m so happy with how it turned out....

Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares

In the summer, we often have weekend guests who go boating with us. These sweet, chewy bars are the perfect...


Chewy Date Nut Bars

You'll need just six ingredients, including a convenient boxed cake mix, to bake up these chewy bars chock-full of walnuts...


Honey-Pecan Squares

When we left Texas to head north, a neighbor gave me so many pecans from his trees that my trunk...


Caramel Chip Bars

It's fun to take a yellow cake mix and create something that is this rich and wonderful. We like eating...