Cookie Bar Recipes

Dense and delicious cookie bar recipes are perfect for any occasion. They make take a bit more time to cook, but the gooey result is well worth the wait!

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A collage of cookie bar recipes

Why Cookie Bars??

Cookie bars taste just like cookies, but thicker and often bigger.

Really, you just get more cookie in your mouth per bite, and who doesn’t want that?! Cookie bars still have that chewy, soft center, and crisp edges making these a must-make treat.

Whether your cookie of choice is chocolate chip, sugar, oatmeal, or snickerdoodle, I have a whole variety of cooky bar recipes that will satisfy your cookie craving. Before you check out the list, make sure you see these cookie bar tips…

Chocolate chip cookie bar recipes

Glass, Metal or Ceramic: When making cookie bars you get to skip forming cookie dough balls or even more time consuming rolling and stamping out cookie shapes. You also get to skip the repeating process of baking the different pans of cookies. Cookie bars ask for baking all the dough at once in one pan. You can use different pans to make these cookies just know that each type does bake a bit differently.

  • Glass and Ceramic: Both of these pans retain heat better than metal pans. If you have a recipe that calls for a metal baking pan, but you want to use a glass or ceramic pan, then you usually need to decrease the oven temperature by 25 degrees. Be aware that both types can shatter with extreme temperature changes. Ceramic pans are often chosen because they come in a bigger variety of patterns and colors. 
  • Metal pans typically heat up more quickly. Dark metals pans will bake more quickly than lighter metal pans. Dull/matte pans also cook foods more quickly than shiny pans. 

Lining the pan: No matter what type of pan you use I suggest you always line the pan with parchment paper or foil. This makes it significantly easier to remove the baked treat out of the pan without mutualting any of the pieces while  trying to cut and remove it.  

  • Make sure that you leave extra lining so there is enough for you to grab and lift.
  • Spray the pan with cooking spray before adding the parchment paper. This will help keep the paper in place while you press in the dough. 
  • Always allow the treat to cool before removing it from the pan.

Double it: Some recipes are designed for an 8×8 pan others call for a 9×11 or a 9×13. No matter what the pan size most recipes can be doubled for extra treats. 

  • An 8×8 pan recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9×13 pan 
  • Any recipe can be doubled, then press half into the pan you want to make now and press half into a pan that you want to freeze for later. (See individual recipes for freezing instructions.)

Many recipes call for softened butter. Our How to Soften Butter Quickly post can give you tips to do so. 


Monster cookie bars stacked on a piece of parchment paper

We LOVE to change things up and make bars for family get togethers. Wanted to share some of our favorites. Serve them warm with a scoop of ice cream, and you won’t regret it!

Dessert Cookie Bars Recipe
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) – our family’s go-to Sunday Night Dessert! It’s your favorite cookie in bar-form served hot and perfect with ice cream.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.88 from 41 votes
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Dessert Reese’s Pieces Bars Recipe
Soft and Chewy Reeses Pieces Blondies are a quick and delicious bar recipe. They are the perfect mixture of chocolate and peanut butter!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert M&M Cookie Bars Recipe
These sweet and chewy M&M Cookie Bars will be your new favorite! They are perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Peanut Butter Cookie Bars Recipe
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars start with a layer of super soft & chewy peanut butter cookie, and are topped with creamy milk chocolate frosting. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Dessert Magic Cookie Bar Recipe
These Magical Desserts Bars are a simple dessert idea topped with chocolate and butterscotch chips, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk!
Total Time: 44 minutes
4.86 from 14 votes
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Dessert Monster Cookie Bars Recipe
Monster cookie bars are jam packed with layers, textures, and flavors. The chewy oat crust and smooth chocolate are the perfect pair.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Christmas Cookie Bar Recipe
Christmas cookie bars are chewy and delicious. The M&Ms add a festive pop, making them perfect for any party!
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe
Cake Mix Cookie Bars are a simple, quick, and delicious treat everyone will love! They are a fab option for lovers of cake and cookies.
Total Time: 29 minutes
4.56 from 9 votes
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Dessert Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe
One of everyone’s favorite cookies in bar form – these soft Sugar Cookie Bars are simple and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that makes this dessert irresistible. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Dessert M&M Bars Recipe
One of the best bar recipes you’ll ever try!! These M&M Chocolate Oat bars have layers of oats, a sweetened condensed milk and chocolate center topped with more oats and M&Ms.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Dessert No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars Recipe
Simple and delicious no bake Chocolate Oat Bars are a great dessert to enjoy any time of year without heating up the house!
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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snickerdoodle bars with glaze
Breakfast, Dessert Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe
Chewy Snickerdoodle Bars taste just like the famous cookie only thicker, for a more filling bite. Powder sugar glaze is the icing on top!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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