Summer is the season of simplicity; the slower pace and warm days just seem to lend themselves to keeping life free of complications. That includes time spent in the kitchen as we prepare goodies for cookouts and campouts: the best ones are easy to make and easy to transport.
The straight edges of square-shaped treats make them perfect for packing, so bars are a summer favorite. For a fruity, no-bake boost of energy on an active summer day, try these three-ingredient energy bars. The Midwestern favorite known as scotcheroos are a gooey piece of heaven -- a less healthy kind of energy boost, but it also doesn't require turning on a hot oven.

Butter cookies do require baking for 20 minutes, but with only three ingredients, easy-to-pack squared-off edges, and delicious results that don't melt in the sun, they are an excellent crumbly cookie for summertime outings.

Start with 3/4 cup of butter at room temperature and beat it with 1/2 cup of superfine sugar until very light and fluffy. Slowly add 2-1/4 cup of flour, then work the mixture by hand until a soft dough forms. Shape the dough into a long rectangle, then coat the outside with raw sugar. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm -- about 30 minutes in the refrigerator or freezer. 

Remove dough, unwrap and cut into slices about one centimeter (0.4 inch) wide. Put squares onto an ungreased cookie sheet; bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit (162.8 degrees Celsius) until golden, about 20 minutes.

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