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Brownie and Bar Cookie Recipes for Potlucks, Picnics, Dessert and More

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Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

Stephanie Gallagher
Whenever I need a dessert I can take somewhere, either a picnic, potluck, holiday, bake sale, or even just a great after-school snack for the kids, I turn to one of these brownies or bar cookie recipes. Besides being easily portable, they're easy to make.

You'll notice that this collection of brownie and bar cookie recipes is a bit heavy on the chocolate. What can I say? We're a family of chocolate-lovers. Enjoy!

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  • Chocolate Brownies -- Chewy inside with a crackly top, these brownies are everything a good brownie should be.

  • Chocolate Brownies with Mint and Fudge Frosting -- This three-layer brownie has a creamy layer of sweet mint between a brownie base and a fudge frosting.

  • Blonde Brownies -- A lot of times blondies will be made with butterscotch chips or nuts. This version is made with chocolate chips. It gives these blonde brownies the flavor of a chocolate chip cookie in the form of a soft and chewy brownie.

  • S'mores Brownies -- This kid-favorite has all the flavors of s'mores - chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers - in chewy brownie form.

  • Magic Cookie Bars -- If you're a fan of chocolate and coconut, this is the recipe for you. It's sweet and easy to make and freezes well, making this an ideal make-ahead recipe for parties.

  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - Imagine oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in bar cookie form, and that's what you get when you make these oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars. They're soft and chewy, with a wholesome flavor that is punctuated by rich chocolate.

  • Black Bottom Banana Bars -- These bars remind me of the black bottom cupcakes that used to be so popular in delis. A chocolate crust, which is made with a cake mix is the basis for these bars, which are then topped with a creamy cheesecake layer that is dotted with mini chocolate chips. The twist? Mashed banana in the cheesecake layer.

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies -- These chewy brownies start with a brownie mix. I recommend Trader Joe's truffle brownie mix.

  • Lemon Bars Recipe -- These sweet-tart bars make a refreshing dessert for spring and summer.

  • German Chocolate Brownies -- If you're a fan of chocolate and coconut together, you will adore these brownies. They're like a German chocolate cake in an easy-to-make brownie form.

  • Kit Kat Bars -- If you like the flavor of Kit Kat candy bars, you will love this easy-to-make bar cookie.

  • S'mores Bars -- These bars have a graham cracker base, which is topped with a chocolate brownie layer, then finished off with marshmallows. Kids love these bars.

  • Congo Bars -- Chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut add flavor to these blonde brownie-like bars.

  • Microwave Brownies -- In less than 15 minutes, you can have chewy chocolate brownies with this fast and easy recipe.

  • No Bake Brownies -- I came up with this recipe when my oven wasn't working for a month, and the kids begged me for brownies. Who could believe just four ingredients could taste this good?

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Bars -- These bars start out like magic cookie bars or seven layer bars with a graham cracker base and coconut on top. But then these bars are topped with a chocolate peanut butter layer that is just incredible.
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