Our Best Bar Cookies
Cake or bar cookie? Some recipes can be both. At her deli in Urbandale, Iowa, Carol Palmer prepares her mothers carrot-cake recipe in a sheet instead of layers. Then, she slathers the bars with everyone's favorite: cream cheese frosting. Cut into bars to serve.
Carrot-Zucchini Bars also taste like a moist cake but come in snack-bar size. The vegetables add fiber, and cranberries give the recipe a tangy edge. You can substitute raisins for the cranberries if you prefer.
The Cream Cheese-Carrot Bar recipe is a lower-fat version of the traditional carrot cake. It substitutes applesauce for part of the oil and uses egg product or egg whites to lower cholesterol.