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Perfectly Packable Cookies and Bars

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Whether you’re packing up for a picnic or putting togethre a care package, you want treats that are sturdy enough to stand up to a little jostling: no fragile macarons or meringues here. These cookies all travel well when layered with parchment and packed in a stiff-sided container.

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    Blueberry Streusel Bars with Lemon-Cream Filling

    Always a hit at summer picnics, these addictive squares strike the perfect balance between tart and sweet and chewy and crunchy.

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    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Streusel Cookies

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    Chocolate Butter Pecan Sandwich Cookies

    These chocolate pecan cookies are one of the best-loved cookies in the bakery—chocolaty, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth wafers sandwiched around a mellow, creamy, brown butter pecan filling.

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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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    Milky Swirl Brownies

    These rich, almost creamy brownies are an amazing treat for chocolate lovers. The condensed milk lightly caramelizes at the brownie edges during baking. You might not want to share those delicious edges—we won’t tell.

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    Apricot-Flax Oat Bars

    High in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds combine with oats and almonds to give these caramelly bars a rustic chunkiness, while the honey lends a wonderful toffee-like texture. If you’d prefer them chewier, you can cook the syrup to 250°F to 260°F, but the flavor will be more like butterscotch than caramel. To preserve the texture, store in an airtight container.

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    Sour Cherry Cheesecake Bars

    Sour cherries are gorgeous. Their bright red skin practically sparkles. But just like the rubies they resemble, they can be hard to come by. Look for them at your local farmers’ market in the heat of summer. The good news is that they freeze well (see the tip below). These cheesecake bars are an excellent vessel for summer sour cherries. Making the spiced compote from scratch, instead of using store-bought jam, makes the fruit, and not the sugar, the star.

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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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    Raspberry Jam Bars

    This lunchbox-friendly treat (shown here with Marcona Almond Streusel) is like a fruit crisp in bar-cookie form. Try it with other jam flavors, if you like.

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    Pecan-Chocolate Squares

    Like pecan-chocolate pie in a compact bar form, with a crisp shortbread crust, these squares pair perfectly with any south-of-the-border BBQ or picnic menu.

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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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