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Bar Cookies - Cheesecake to Butterscotch

Updated on August 17, 2009
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Cheesecake Bars

If you like cheesecake, you'll love these! This recipe is from Nana.

Mix: 1/3 cup brown sugar (packed), 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup melted butter. Remove 1 cup mixture to use as a topping.

Place remainder in 8" square pan and press firmly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.

Beat until smooth: 1/4 cup sugar, 1-8 ounce package cream cheese. Add 1 egg, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Pour mixture into baked crust. Top with reserved crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool thoroughly. Cut into 2" squares. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate.

Banana Bars

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 X 1 inch pan.

Mix together:

1/4 cup yogurt

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup mashed banana

1 teaspoon vanilla

In another bowl, blend:2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add to banana mixture.

Stir in 1/2 cup chopped nuts. Pour batter into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. May be frosted, if desired.


Lemon Meringue Bars



1 egg

1/3 cup applesauce

1 package lemon cake mix

Reserve 1 cup to use for topping. Press remainder into 13 X 9 X 2 inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes until light brown.


Beat until fluffy:

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons lemon peel

1/4 cup lemon juice

Pour over crust and add reserved topping. Bake 15 minutes.


4 large egg whites

1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and salt until dissolved.

Pour onto hot bars and return to oven for 8-10 minutes until peaks are just browned.

Cool completely before cutting.

Jam Bars

This recipe is from "Mom" at the corporate office. (see wild rice hub)

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

Heat oven 400 degrees F. Grease baking pan 13 X 9 X 2 inches. Cream butter, shortening and sugar. Mix in remaining ingredients. Press half the mixture evenly in bottom of pan. Spread with 1 cup of jam. Top with remaining crumble mixture pressing lightly.

Bake 25 - 30 minutes or until light brown. While warm, cut into bars about 1 1/2 - 2 inches.

3 dozen bar cookies.

Butterscotch Bars

This is an old family recipe.

2/3 cup margarine, melted

2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teasp;oon salt

3/4 cups walnuts

Combine margarine, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to margarine mixture. Add walnuts. Spread into an 8" square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20-30 minutes. Ice with confectioner's sugar. Glaze and cut while warm.

Pecan Bars

Another old family recipe.

Sift:1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Stir in:1/3 cup brown sugar

Cut in:1/4 cup butter

Blend well.

Pat evenly into bottom of a well-greased baking pan. 12 X 8 X 2

Bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Mix: 1/4 cup brown sugar

3 Tablespoons flour

Beat: 2 eggs

Add:3/4 cup dark syrup and sugar-flour mixture. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Return to 350 degree F. oven and bake 25-30 minutes. Cut into bars while still warm. Makes 16.

Heavenly Dream Bars

Yet another old family recipe. I usually have these ingredients in my pantry.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8" square pan with aluminum foil. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in this pan. (I just put it in the oven till it melts.)

Beat 2 eggs, slightly in a medium bowl. Blend in:

1 cup brown sugar, 5 Tablespoons flour, 1/8 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup chopped nuts and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Pour over butter in pan - do not stir. Bake about 20-22 minutes or until firm. Turn out at once onto a wire rack covered with wax paper. Be sure glazed side is on top.

When cool, cut in bars. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


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    • judydianne profile image

      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Victoria, I agree. A little is OK, though.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thank you Indanila. They are really good!

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      Inda Blackwell 8 years ago

      YUMMY! Those cheesecake bars look delicious! Must try

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thank you Blu Ink. Let me know how you like them!

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      Blu Ink 8 years ago

      I'm bookmarking these. These all look delicious!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      No, no. You can't eat them all!!

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      The Steve 8 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      This hub makes me want to take the "Bar Exam". And I'm not talking about getting a law degree. I want to try every single one of these! LOL!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Smireles, those are yummy, too. Tastes like little pecan pies!

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      I like the pecan bars! Yummmmm!!!!!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Rob, you have to learn to say no, sometimes!haha

      Duchess, I would start with the cheesecake. Yum!

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago


      these all look so good!

      Which one first?

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      Rob Dee 8 years ago from Florida

      Are you trying to single handedly ruin my fitness program?