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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

Skillet Chocolate Chunk Walnut Blondies

Put these beauties out at a potluck and you’ll find only crumbs on your platter when it’s time to head...


Blueberry Bars

Our three sons like these bars so much that after they were married, each of my daughters-in-law asked for the...


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Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars

What did I do when I couldn’t decide between two of my favorite desserts? I combined them! This snickerdoodle-blondie hybrid...


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Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

The streusel topping that comes with this recipe for apple cream cheese bars is absolutely irresistible. If you can’t resist...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

These chewy bars are the perfect no-fuss contribution to a potluck or bake sale. I’ve discovered the trick is to...


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Bake-Sale Lemon Bars

The recipe for these tangy lemon bars comes from my cousin, who is famous for cooking up farm feasts. —Mildred...

Caramel Peanut Bars

Rich chocolate, crunchy peanuts and gooey caramel peek out from between golden oat and crumb layers. Delicious!—Ardyce Piehl, Wisconsin Dells,...


Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars

These rich, gooey bars are my most-requested treats. They're popular at school functions, family barbecues and picnics. We like them...


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...


Bavarian Apple Bars

I first tasted these bars while volunteering in the kitchen at Christian camp. My husband and I were engaged at...


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...


Toffee Cheesecake Bars

These melt-in-your-mouth treats are absolutely delicious, and everyone will want seconds. A must for Christmas gift giving. No one would...


S’mores Bars

Glowing campfire coals are not needed to enjoy the traditional taste of s'mores with this recipe from Kristine Brown of...


Caramel-Cashew Cake Bars

These rich bars are a hit with everyone who tries them. The moist, cake-like crust pairs well with the chewy...

Chewy Caramel Bars

From Harbor Beach, Michigan, Debra Davidson-Cregeur shares one of her favorite recipes. She writes, “There are always requests for this...


Chocolaty S’mores Bars

One night my husband had some friends over to play poker and he requested these s'mores bars. They polished off...


Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares

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


Best Date Bars

Date recipes are some of my favorite desserts to cook. These date bars are very easy to bake, and one...


Chewy Salted Peanut Bars

My rich bars are studded with the all-American peanut. I like to think famed peanut farmer Jimmy Carter would approve....


Crispy Fudge Treats

These chocolaty treats are suggested by Bridgetown, Nova Scotia field editor Joyce Jackson. "They keep well in the fridge, but...


Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

My twist on rice crispy bars includes crunchy crushed pretzels. Then I top them with a creamy peanut butter coating...


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Behr Track Cookie Bars

The holidays are the perfect time to indulge in these ooey-gooey, salty-sweet peanut butter bars. A lot of people comment...


Pistachio Brownie Toffee Bars

These coveted brownie bars are homey and chocolaty awesome. They've been a sought-after staple on Christmas cookie trays for years....


Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

These yummy pecan bars start with a homemade pastry crust and pile on lots of semisweet chocolate. They’re perfect for...


Can’t Leave Alone Bars

I take these quick and easy treats to church meetings, potlucks and housewarming parties. I often make a double batch...