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Bars/Squares Ideas

Would love some recommendations on recipes that can be done on an 8x8 or 9x13 pan that would be sturdy enough to cut and stack up to bring in to an event two days later.

So nothing sticky like cheesecake bars, lemon bars, fruit filled bars, etc. People aren't huge chocoholics so was thinking of avoiding brownies.

I was thinking something more original that chocolate chip bars, maybe some sort of blondies but not sure was fillings would be enjoyed by many at the event.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  1. These banana blondies are great. Delicious and they cut into really nice pieces.

    http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101467...

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      1. re: Lorry13

        They're great. I usually add one-to-two more bananas to up the flavor.

    1. 7 Layer Bars (a.k.a. Magic Cookie Squares) are always a hit, and you can vary the types of toppings you put on (avoid all chocolate if you want)

      Rice Krispie Treats (or any other cereal for variety)

      ...both of those keep really well too, so you can make them a couple of days ahead no problem.

      If it doesn't have to be a bar/square, there are infinite types of bark candy that you can make: https://www.google.com/search?q=barks...

      Could you make fudge squares?

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      1. re: jbsiegel

        Great ideas! I've made 7 layer Nutella Bars and those were delicious but very sticky so I was unsure about doing those.

        This is for an informal work potluck, but rice krispies treats doesn't sound like a great idea for a bunch of professionals with a ton of degrees haha!

        Bark candy is a def possibility. I'm willing to add chocolate (plus I really love chocolate myself!) just thought brownies and fudge would be too rich for some people.

        1. re: Lorry13

          I'm going to throw one out there that I just love...might not be right for professionals, but REALLY good:

          Slutty Brownies: http://www.sluttybrowniesrecipe.com/

          I've also done sugar cookie dough on the bottom, Oreos in the middle and then sugar cookie dough on top. Those were big sellers too.

          And you'd be surprised about the RK Treats. Make them with some other cereal? I'm always amazed that they go first virtually everywhere! You could mix something in there? Add a drizzle on top? Here's a red velvet version: http://fromdahliastodoxies.blogspot.c... Or top them with a relatively hard, thin, layer of chocolate so that they still stack.

          1. re: jbsiegel

            Haha these can always be renamed and few will know the original name of these decadent brownies =)

          2. re: Lorry13

            A bunch of professionals with a ton of degrees are not immune to the siren-call of rice krispies treats (speaking from years of experience here)!

            Plain or topped with brown-sugar/penuche layer, since you're avoiding chocolate and peanut butter is too sticky.

          1. More from me (love these things!)...

            The Pioneer Woman uses cookie dough (whatever kind you want) in a mini muffin tin and then presses a candy (Hershey Kiss, Mini Reese's, ...) into the top when they come out of the oven. Lots of varieties here!

            http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

            1. These Carmelitas from Kelsey Nixon are delicious. The salted caramel sauce is under the crumb topping so they aren't too sticky.

              http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip...