A box of yellow cake mix – how easy is that! In my attempt to put on my baker’s hat and bake cookies for the holidays, I decided that turning to a box of yellow cake mix to start off my baking frenzy was a good way to churn out several different cookies in a matter of a few days. And, making cookie bars is far quicker than baking individual cookies one cookie sheet at a time.
So, I found a few standards in my recipe archives, plus linked into some of my Pinterest pins, and voila’ – five easy and delicious cookie bar recipes you’ll be proud to share in any cookie exchange or just as a gift to family and friends over the holidays!
Five separate recipes follow this post. That’s so that you can find them easier at a later date AND so that you can print them whenever you want to and add them to your recipe folder.
We start with Cake Batter Oatmeal Walnut Bars. A complete fluke that I created when trying to recreate a recipe from a cookbook when I was too tired! Oh well; they turned out delicious so they are now a keeper and a new favorite.
The next one to follow is Cake Batter Fudge Bars. Again a recipe I somewhat created because I screwed up the recipe I was following from a Pinterest pin! What, two screw-ups in a row? What can I tell you? Although I’d like to think that I am paying COMPLETE attention to what I’m doing at the moment, I’m often distracted. So, these two recipes are The Price of Distraction for me! I’ll try to do better – I promise 🙂
The third recipe is a classic – what are known in the baking world as Chess Bars. I’m calling them Cake Batter Chess Bars because they start with a box of yellow cake mix, of course!
The fourth recipe is another Pinterest pin, Caramel Chip Bars, renamed by me as Cake Batter Triple-Chocolate Chip Bars and this time, I DID FOLLOW THE RECIPE, so I can’t take credit for the absolute deliciousness of this recipe, but I renamed it anyway and the reason will become clear when you read that post (don’t worry – I do credit the original source so you can visit her site, too).
The final recipe is an original creation of mine. I love the combination of orange and vanilla like in a 50/50 ice cream bar. So, I created this recipe just for all of you and, of course, I’m calling it Cake Batter 50/50 Bars! Hope you’ll love it!
Do you have any favorite Cookie Bar recipes you want to share? Made from scratch or starting with cake mix? We’d love to hear from you!
(recipes made with yellow cake mix)