About Delightful Cookie Bar
bars, or simply bars or squares, are a type of American
"bar cookie" that has the texture of a firm cake or softer
than usual cookie. They are prepared in a pan and then
baked in the oven.
They are cut into squares or rectangles. They are
staples of bake sales and are often made as birthday
treats. They are especially popular during the holidays,
but many people eat them all year. Many coffee shops and
bakeries also offer the treats.
They include peanut butter bars, lemon bars, chocolate
coconut bars, pineapple bars, apple bars, almond bars,
toffee bars, chocolate cheesecake bars and the "famous"
seven-layer bar. In addition to sugar, eggs, butter, flour
and milk, common ingredients are chocolate chips, nuts,
raspberry jam, coconut, cocoa powder, graham cracker,
pudding, mini-marshmallows and peanut butter.
More exotic bars can be made with ingredients including
sour cream, rhubarb, pretzels, candies, vanilla, raisins,
Milestones in the history of the dessert bar
In 1971 the wife of a maintenance man from Snohomish,
Washington won the $25,000 Best-of-Bake-off prize for a
rich dessert bar combining cake mix and pecans with other
In 1993 Betty Crocker added two new varieties to the
four existing Supreme Dessert Bar line of baking mixes it
introduced in 1992. The two new flavors, M&Ms Cookie Bars
and Raspberry Bars, joined lemon bars, chocolate peanut
butter bars and caramel oatmeal bars.
In 2004 Krusteaz added a line of dessert bars to its
selection of quick and easy baked goods. The U.S. Navy
SEAL Guide to Fitness and Nutrition includes numerous bars
in its "lightweight menus".