Easy to make and even easier to eat, dessert bars are always a hit over the holidays. From Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies to Luscious Lemon Squares, these handheld sweets will have everyone reaching for seconds (and thirds!).
Spiked with Baileys Irish Cream, these brownies with a swirl of tangy cheesecake are cakey on the bottom, alternately fudgy and creamy in the center, and crisp on top. The marbled top makes them look elaborate but they’re actually simple to make. GET THE RECIPE
Known as Millionaire’s Shortbread, presumably because they’re so rich, these bars consist of a layer of crumbly shortbread, a layer of soft caramel, and a layer of chocolate. They taste like gourmet Twix bars. GET THE RECIPE
Part cookie, part brownie — who doesn’t love blondies? And the best part is that they’re ridiculously easy to make: less ingredients than cookies (plus you don’t have to roll the dough into balls) and easier than brownies because there’s no chocolate to melt. This version, made with chocolate chips and pecans, is a crowd favorite. GET THE RECIPE
With a crisp and buttery shortbread crust, luscious lemon filling, and dusting of powdered sugar, these lemon squares are as pretty as they are delicious. They also freeze beautifully, so you can make them ahead of time and defrost as needed. GET THE RECIPE
If you’re a fan of pecan pie, you’ll love these pecan squares. A buttery shortbread crust and rich caramel-pecan topping make them truly over-the-top — the perfect hostess gift, treat for your co-workers, or potluck dessert this time of year. GET THE RECIPE
If you’ve been searching for the perfect brownie recipe, look no further. I promise you: this is it! The recipe comes from Nick Malgieri’s Chocolate cookbook, an excellent resource for all things chocolate. GET THE RECIPE
You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. With a chocolate cookie crust, creamy peanut butter layer, and smooth-as-silk milk chocolate topping, these squares are truly over the top. GET THE RECIPE