One Bowl + One Pan Is All You Need To Make These Cookies

These are not brownies but are just as easy to make.

You may know cookies as chewy, crisp rounds that have your favorite ingredients. These can range from chocolate chips to ripples of jam and whole walnuts pressed into each mound. 

Cookie recipes are normally so easy to make that these are the usual recipes newbie bakers tackle for their first baking recipe. We think this is a great idea but did you know that there are cookie recipes that may just be easier to make than the typical cookie recipe? 

These cookie recipes are the bar cookies. Bar cookies are defined by the fact that these are not made individually. These are pressed and baked all at once! The only effort you need to exert once it’s in the oven is to check whether it’s done or not. After that, you can take it out, slice into squares, and its ready to serve and enjoy. 

Here are easy cookie bar recipes that we think anyone, newbie baker or not, could easily make: 

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1 Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe

These may be called blondies but these are your basic chocolate chip cookies pressed into a square brownie pan and baked. The swirl of melted chocolate on top just makes these bars truly irresistible to anyone who loves the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe.   


2 Banana Oat Bars Recipe 

Oats make fantastic ingredients for cookies! However, if you don’t like the plainness of your typical oatmeal cookies, you have to try these! These have sweet layer of bananas to take the edge of the earthiness of the oats. 

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3 Matcha White Chocolate Skillet Recipe 

What makes this cookie so easy? You not only bake the cookie dough into the cast iron pan, you can also serve it as is in the pan, too!! We have three other cast iron skillet cookie recipes you can try if you’re not a fan of matcha. There’s a chocolate chip and caramel, milk chocolate and almonds, and a double chocolate cookie recipe, too! 


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4 Strawberry Crumble Bars Recipe 

Do you hoard strawberry jam and love all things strawberry? If you do, then this the perfect cookie bar to make! These cookie bars have a layer of cookie bits and almond slivers.  

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5 No-Bake Butterscotch Bars Recipe 

Butterscotch is a delicious flavor! It’s the result of mixing brown sugar and butter but you can get this same flavor if you melt brown sugar in something creamy. That’s what we do here to make these no-bake bars. You get all the flavor of butterscotch with the nutty crunch of the graham crackers. 


6 No-Bake Rocky Road Bars Recipe 

These cookie bars are unique in that these bars have cookies in them, too! These no-bake rocky road bars are made with melted chocolate, digestive cookies, marshmallows, and peanuts. You mix it all in one bowl and then dump it all in a pan before cutting into squares after it sets. It’s so easy, even a newbie can make these! 

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7 No-Bake S’mores Bars Recipe 

No-bake recipes are some of the easiest recipes to make! For this cookie bar, you layer crushed graham crackers, melted chocolate, and torch marshmallows on top for a layered cookie bar that’s irresistible as it is simple to make. 

8 Calamansi Walnut Bars Recipe 

Lemon bars are super citrusy squares of lemon curd on top of a shortbread crust. Lemons are pricey but calamansi are not. Swap out the lemons for equally tangy calamansi juice and you’ve got a fantastic substitute for lemon bars. The walnuts are added to the shortbread crust to give it a great nutty taste. Swap it out too for kasuy or cashews for truly localized version of the lemon bar that’s just as delicious but significantly easier to source for ingredients.    


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