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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...

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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...


Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

We’re all so busy and pressed for time. I find myself creating recipes that are fast to prepare and deliver...


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...


Gimlet Bars

I love a tangy gimlet when the weather turns steamy—but these bars are just the thing when the craving hits...

Chewy Caramel Bars

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


Best Date Bars

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


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....


Carrot Cake Bars

“A friend served these moist, tender cake bars at an outdoor party, and everyone raved about the taste. Often, I'll...


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...


Hawaiian Joy Bars

With the hint of rum plus the nuts and coconut, these bars are like a trip to the islands. I...


Frosted Peanut Butter Bars

These sweet, chewy peanut butter bars are a great no-fuss treat to bring to a potluck or bake sale. A...

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Almond Bars

"This is one of my favorite recipes for last-minute school bake sales," writes Sandy Kerrison from her home in Lockport,...


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...


Chocolate Nut Bars

When I ask my husband what he would like me to bake, he often asks for these fudgy, nutty bars....


Yummy Cookie Bars

I received this recipe from a special co-worker at school, and it is always a huge success when I make...


Picnic Bars

You'll score points with a crowd when you stir together these delicious fudge-like treats. They're very moist and rich. The...


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...