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Holiday Bar Cookies

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There’s a reason bar cookies are so popular for the holidays: they’re perfect for turning out in large quantities to feed a crowd. From simple blondies and shortbread to elaborate three-layer confections, these bar cookie recipes take the flavors of the holiday and turn them into bite-size treats that can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion.

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    Mint Chocolate Bars

    A minty buttercream gets sandwiched between two layers of chocolate goodness: a chewy brownie and a rich ganache. The crème de menthe gives the buttercream the perfect hint of holiday green.

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    Pumpkin Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

    These cakelike bar cookies use elements that are both traditional and fancy: a simple pumpkin cake base topped with a nutty brown-butter frosting.

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    Hazelnut White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

    These sophisticated cookies combine the flavors of earthy hazelnuts and sweet white chocolate. Depending on your craving, you can finish these bars with either bittersweet chocolate ganache or sour cream topping.

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    Raspberry Jam Bars

    This ultra-packable treat is like a fruit crisp in bar-cookie form. Try it with one or our three streusel varieties, and other jam flavors, if you like

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    Macadamia Double-Decker Brownie Bars

    These gorgeous two-layer bars have a brownie base topped with a gooey nut-and-coconut-studded topping.

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    Honey-Nut Bars

    Some flavor combinations bring out the best in one other:  maple and walnut, lemon and ginger, apples and honey, blueberry and lime, chocolate and just about anything. Honey and nuts are one of those perfect flavor marriages. Add some light brown sugar, and you've got a sweet, salty, crunchy bar that could potentially become your new go-to cookie.   

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    Kahlúa Truffle Triangles

    With a shortbread base and a ganache-like Kahlúa-spiked chocolate filling, these bars are for anyone who worships the marriage of chocolate and coffee.

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    Lemon Cheesecake Squares

    These sweet-and-tangy squares are what you get when you cross lemon bars with cheesecake. The bars need to set up in the refrigerator, so allow at least 5 hours of chilling time before you serve (or pack) them. You can substitute lower-fat cream cheese for regular, if you like. The cheesecake itself will be slightly less creamy but still fabulous.

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    Cinnamon Toast Shortbread Cookies

    Ground cinnamon makes shortbread cookies even more comforting. Have them at breakfast if you want, we won't tell.

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    Coffee Blondies

    These chewy cookies have all the classic features that you love in a blondie—toasted nuts and chocolate chips—plus a caffeinated boost from coffee. To make sure the flavor shines through, use strong coffee.

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    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shortbread Bars

    Upgrade the classic bar cookie with the buttery tenderness of a shortbread crust. These crowd-pleasing bars are covered with a creamy peanut butter spread and bittersweet chocolate ganache.

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    Caramel Turtle Bars

    Sticky caramel with crunchy pecans, drizzled with chocolate. What could be better?

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    Lemon Cornmeal Shortbread Bars

    This shortbread is buttery and fragrant with lemon zest. The texture is chewier than traditional shortbread, and I’ve added cornmeal for crunch and texture.

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    Cranberry-Apple-Walnut Crumb Bars

    One buttery mixture is used for both the crust and the streusel topping, making these bars extra easy to assemble. Dried apples, rather than fresh, lend their concentrated flavor to the filling.  

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