I love to bake – a lot. And I rarely shy away from recipes that are time consuming, or even challenging, especially if the results are worth it.
But during the busy holiday season – when I’m churning out cookies, quick breads and barks on what seems like a daily basis – I really appreciate a quick and easy treat.
And bar cookies are my go-to each and every time.
When it comes to baking, bar cookies are both crowd pleaser and a dream for the baker. Whip up the batter, spread it in the pan, bake, cool and cut ‘em up.
If I have a last-minute “will you bring?” or need to add “just one more” item to a dessert table, or if I’ve simply misplaced my baking mojo – well, it will almost always be a bar cookie.
And my favorite kind of bar cookie? Nut bars. While I’m not a fan of nuts in my oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies, the dense, buttery-ness of a bar cookie pairs beautifully with the crunch of some added nuts.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite nut bars for you to add to your holiday baking roster. These bars put nuts front and center, paired with unusual ingredients for an easy dessert you can pull together in a flash. Most freeze beautifully too, so you can get a jump on that baking “to-do” list – and you too, will come to love this category of dessert as much as I do.