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Raising the Bar

3/1/2012

Nothing beats the simplicity and portability of bar cookies. For a professional straight-from-the-bakery look, line the bottom of your pan with parchment paper or foil. Spray the paper or foil lightly with Crisco® No-Stick Cooking Spray. When the bars are done, set the pan on a rack until cool enough to handle. Using the parchment or foil as a handle, lift the entire bar cookie out of the pan and onto a cutting board.

The key to making your bars look professional and appealing is to cut them into precise pieces. Start with a plan before you begin. Cut the entire batch in half. Then cut each half in half. Keep breaking it down into uniform pieces until you have bars in a desired shape. For triangles, cut into squares; then cut each square in half diagonally. For diamonds, cut parallel lines across the length of the pan, and then cut diagonal lines. When the bars are completely cool and all toppings are set, layer them between sheets of parchment or waxed paper and store in an airtight container.

Take no-bake Trail Blazer Treats on your next adventure. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap, foil, or small cellophane bags and tuck them into backpacks, glove boxes or desk drawers.

Peanut Crisp Bars are a simple microwave-only treat that are easy to personalize. Before slicing, sprinkle with your favorite toppings like chopped peanuts, chopped caramels, mini chocolate chips or chocolate covered raisins.

The beauty of a bar cookie is that you can create many delicious textures in one pan. Three layer Crunchy Peanut Brickle Bars are a perfect example. The pat-in base layer is topped with a creamy peanut butter filling and a brickle-laced crumb topping.

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