These cake batter cookie bars just came to me. I love those 50/50 ice cream bars – you know the ones. Orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream. So, I thought why not try to create cake batter cookie bars that was had the 50/50 flavor by adding white chocolate chips and orange zest. Starting with a box of yellow cake mix – how can you go wrong?
To make these cake batter cookie bars, I borrowed a crust recipe from one recipe, added orange zest to sweetened condensed milk for the “filling” then took the crust recipe and stepped it up a notch by adding white chocolate chips and the end result is a cake batter cookie bar that is a sweet, chewy satisfying treat with a hint of orange.
Here’s what I did:
- Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan. I used my Misto.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together cake mix, oatmeal, vanilla, egg and melted butter.
- Mixture will form a dough and be quite thick. Measure out 1 cup of dough and set aside.
- Turn the rest of the dough out into prepared baking pan.
- Press dough into pan using fingers. Cover all the pan with the dough. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Zest one orange.
- Pour sweetened condensed milk into a bowl.
- Add orange zest to sweetened condensed milk and set aside.
- Pour orange zest and sweetened condensed milk mixture onto the prepared baked crust.
- In a separate bowl, add reserved dough to white chocolate chips.
- Mix dough with white chocolate chips to create a topping.
- Add topping to baking pan by distributing it in tiny globs all over the top of the filling.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (check at the 20 minute marker) in a preheated 375 degree oven until golden brown.
Remove the cake batter cookie bars from oven and cool for 20 minutes. Take a knife and run it around the edge of the pan to loosen the the cake batter cookie bars from the pan (don’t omit this step or you will have a heck of a time getting the cake batter cookie bars out of the pan!). Continue to cool until completely cold and then cut into 24 bars.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 package of yellow cake mix (I used the butter recipe type)
- 1 cup of old-fashioned oats, uncooked
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- Zest of one orange (keep the orange for another use)
- 1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup of white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly grease a 9" x 13" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and the orange zest and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the cake mix, oatmeal, vanilla, butter and egg.
- Mix until it forms a dough, then measure out 1 cup and set aside.
- Press the remaining batter into the baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- While that's baking, in yet another mixing bowl, combine the reserved dough with the white chocolate chips.
- When crust comes out of the oven, pour the orange zest/sweetened condensed milk mixture over the crust.
- Add the dough/white chocolate chip topping over the orange zest/sweetened condensed milk mixture in little globs using fingers.
- Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown (check at the 20 minute marker).
- Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, run knife around edge of baking pan to loosen cookie bars from the pan.
- Continue cooling until completely cold to the touch.
- Cut into 24 bars.
(other cake batter recipes)
- A Box of Yellow Cake Mix: 5 Cookie Bar Recipes You’ll Love
- Cake Batter Chess Bars
- Cake Batter Fudge Bars
- Cake Batter Oatmeal Walnut Bars
- Cake Batter Triple-Chocolate Caramel Bars