4 Favorite Dessert Bar Recipes

Here are 4 of my very favorite dessert bars. I love how quick they go together, no fussing around scooping out cookies! Always a hit or parties and cookouts or for a day that just needs a bit of something sweet.

If I can make bars instead of cookies I almost always do. They are a time saver and are just as good, if not better than cookies!

These all are tried and true vintage recipes straight from our Grandma’s recipe collection to you! I hope you find your family’s new go to dessert bar recipe.

Lemon Bars

Sweet and tangy my personal favorite. I always make these for Easter. I really love these Lemon Bars and so does everyone that tries them! The shortbread crust with the tangy lemon filling is a winning combination.

Be sure to foil line your pan. The lemon wants to stick if you don’t.

https://youreverydayheirlooms.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/lemon-bars-best-ever/

Oatmeal Bars

Delicious chewy oatmeal bars. This recipe has lots of room for you to customize with what you like best or make due with what you have on hand. I like to be indulgent and eat these for breakfast! Maybe adding raisins would make them healthy!

This recipe makes a very large batch! I made a half batch and had plenty to share. These would be ideal for a bake sale or as part of dessert trays.

https://youreverydayheirlooms.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/oatmeal-bars-quick-and-easy/

Mystery Bars

The mystery must be, how can something so simple be so delicious? We love these bars. With no fancy ingredients these are easy to make for no special reason! Mystery Bars taste like a visit with Grandma! That old fashioned comfort we all love.

Coconut is one of my very favorite dessert ingredients so of course Mystery Bars are one of my personal favorites.

https://youreverydayheirlooms.wordpress.com/2019/05/27/mystery-bars/

Dream Bars

Another great vintage recipe! Cornflakes add a really good crunch and flavor. Make a batch of these for your next potluck! These remind me of 7 Layer Bars my Granny used to make. Not as much work but a similar rich flavor.

https://youreverydayheirlooms.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/1-requested-recipe-dream-bars

So there they are! What one are you going to make first?

Coffee Cake Muffins


Let me just start by saying these were delicious. It’s well known in my house if something looks ugly then it probably tastes good!


Beautiful right?

I do not excell at things that require using the same amount consistently. Meatballs, cookies, muffins all give me trouble! Next time this will be made in a loaf pan. I’ll let you know how that goes.

When this recipe says “spoon in a small amount of batter” It’s serious. Like a tiny small amount not a big fat spoon full.

Because of this I ran out of batter at 8 muffins instead of 12. I also had quite a bit extra of the sugar mixture. So I just put that on top. It did make them have a nice crunchy top but, they looked burnt. As usual I skipped the nuts.

None of this bothered the teens in my basement. They ate them right up. I try to do my backing when my son has his friends over to play RPGs. It’s at least 2 nights a week so I get lots of chances to experiment on them.


I wish I knew more about who this recipe was from. This was one in the recipe box I bought at an estate sale.

Coffee Cake Muffins


  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C chopped nuts
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • Combine above and set aside.

  • 1 1/2 C sifted flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C shortening
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 C milk + 1 Tbsp OR 1/2 C buttermilk + 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles crumbs. Combine egg and milk. Add all at once to flour mixture. Stir just till moistened.

    Grease muffin pans or line with paper cups. Spoon in a SMALL amount of batter, then layer of nut mixture. Repeat layers filling pans 2/3 full. Bake in moderate oven 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until done.

    Makes about 1 dozen.



    As I typed this up I noticed another thing I did wrong. I only did one layer of the nut mixture.


    You can see the sad little layer here.Regardless of all the mistakes they were very good. I hope you will give them a try!