Cookies & Cream Cake Mix Brownie Bars

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My Cookies & Cream Cake Mix Brownie Bars are the perfect chocolate treat for any occasion! Cookies & cream and chocolate together are always a tasty combination! :)

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Like a lot of people my guys love brownies! So I frequently make brownies for them. Today I wanted to try something new. For years I’ve read that you can use a cake mix to make brownies. I have always been very curious how they would turn out. So today, I finally decided to give it a try.

In my humble opinion I prefer to call this version a brownie bar. Why? Because the texture on these brownie bars is both brownie-like and cake-like at the same time.

You know brownie recipes often state for a fudgy brownie add this and for a more cake-like brownie add that? These wonderful treats lie somewhere in the middle so I call them brownie bars.

That said, I can honestly say these brownie bars are very good! With the Oreo cookies and the glaze happening with these sweet delights a super fudgy brownie would’ve just been too much. They are perfect the way they are! :)

These cake mix brownies bars are pretty easy to make and they are surprisingly good!

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Then came time to present these to my food critics (a.k.a. my fellas) and let me tell you they are a tough crowd! Don’t think they go easy on me because they’re my boys and husband, quite the opposite!

They were too busy shoving the brownie bars down their throats to come up with anything negative, which tells me I did my job! My oldest son takes brownies very seriously and if anything is off, he will let me know! No, I’m not kidding!!!

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The Oreo cookies that go in the brownie bars are chopped/crushed just like you would expect. The Oreo cookies that are sprinkled on top are coarsely chopped. I love that! The coarsely chopped cookies on top add some nice texture to the bars.

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Don’t forget the glaze on these brownie bars. It really adds a yummy touch, plus it helps the chopped cookies stay in place better.

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Cookies & Cream Cake Mix Brownie Bars

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1 Regular size Devil’s Food cake mix

1/3 cup sunflower oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil

1/3 cup milk

1 large egg

8 Heads or Tails Double Stuf Oreo cookies chopped/crushed, or any cream-filled sandwich cookie you prefer

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1-2 tablespoons milk

4 Heads or Tails Double Stuf Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped, or any cream-filled sandwich cookie you prefer

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 9 baking pan with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl mix cake mix, oil, milk and egg with a heavy spoon until combined. Stir in chopped/crushed Oreo cookies.

3. Spread mixture into baking pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Cool completely.

4. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle glaze over brownie bars. Sprinkle with the coarsely chopped cookies. Allow to set completely and cut into bars.

Makes 12 servings

Do you want another recipe using Oreo Cookies?

How about trying my Heads or Tails Blondies?

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Peanut Butter Banana Bars

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These bars are a combination of two great flavors (chocolate chip & peanut butter) rolled into one great bar and topped off with a much loved chocolate-hazelnut spread!

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How can you beat the combination of chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie dough rolled into one? These Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars are the kind of bar you can make ANY day of the week. Don’t you just love that?

I used homemade cookie dough for these bars only because I prefer the taste, however you can use homemade cookie dough or refrigerated cookie dough. The bars will turn out great either way!

It’s always nice to have a few easy to whip together recipes you can count when you are pressed for time. This is one of those recipes.

Have fun and play around with the recipe, lots of possibilities here!

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Ready for a Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter bar? Hope so. :)

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Iced Raspberry Crumb Bars

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My Iced Raspberry Crumb Bars will brighten any day of the week! Perfect for Spring!

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I have been on a major Spring kick lately! Not because it’s according to the calendar it’s officially Spring. Not at all, because we actually had a really nice week last week with plenty of sunshine! It was wonderful to see the sun and actually feel 70 degrees again!

For this recipe, I started off with Midwest Living’s Easy Cherry Crumb Bar Recipe. However, I wanted to make these bars with a slightly different spin. It’s fun to try new things, right?

Their version of the recipe actually uses frozen tart cherries with a little sugar added of course, but I knew my guys would never go for that! They don’t like pieces of fruit in their dessert! With the exception is bananas, no pieces of fruit! Sad but true, I kid you not my friends!

Moving on, you can easily replace the real fruit with quality spreadable fruit. Just use a quality fruit spread.

Today I share my Iced Raspberry Crumb Bars…enjoy!

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Heads or Tails Oreo Blondies

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My Heads or Tails Blondies are a great quick & easy dessert for a busy school night or any busy day of the year!

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With Back to School coming up next week, I’ve got a wonderful quick and easy recipe for you today that is FUN and tasty!

I know many kids have already gone back to school for the year. I can’t believe summer is over all ready!

Go get your favorite Yellow Cake Mix and if you have kids, or like Oreos, you probably have the rest of the ingredients right in your pantry.

Hope you have a great Back to School 2014!

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These blondies are quick, easy, and they make a great dessert when you don’t have a lot of time!

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Chocolate Swirl Banana Bars

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My Chocolate Swirl Banana Bars make the perfect quick fix dessert any night of the week! Sweet ripe bananas and delicious chocolate swirled together, so yummy!

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know we love bananas around here! If you haven’t been with me long – we truly LOVE bananas! They’re usually available in the grocery store, and I hope it stays that way. :)

Because we usually have bananas around I love to experiment and try new recipes with bananas pretty frequently. So, today I bring you my Chocolate Swirl Banana Bars that make a great dessert any night of the week!

The nice thing about these bars is like banana bread, they get better in the fridge after they sit a bit. Don’t you just love it?

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This recipe starts with a cake mix, which always makes things easier. From time to time I like to bring you guys recipes that start with a mix for those times when you just don’t have the time or desire to make something from scratch.

I don’t judge! Being a wife and mom, I get it! Personally I think it’s always good to have a combination of from-scratch and from-a-mix recipes in your collection. You decided what recipes you want to use and when. :)

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These bars are super-moist and just so delectable. My Chocolate Banana Swirl Bars are great by themselves for those who want just a bar for dessert, and they’re absolutely fantastic with a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey (banana ice cream with chocolate chunks and walnuts). Just saying!

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Chocolate Swirl Banana Bars

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1 regular yellow cake mix

1 stick butter, melted

1 large egg

3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas, (about 2 small)

1 cup miniature chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.

2. Mix the cake mix, melted butter and egg in a large bowl with a heavy spoon until well blended (dough will be thick). Measure out about 1 cup of the dough and set aside. Mix the mashed bananas into the remaining dough until blended, then spread into prepared pan.

3. Microwave 3/4 cup of the miniature chocolate chips in a medium microwaveable bowl on High for 30 seconds at a time until chips are melted and smooth. Mix in the reserved 1 cup of dough with heavy spoon until blended. Drop by large spoonfuls over banana dough, then spread to mostly cover. With the tip of a kitchen knife, lightly swirl the doughs. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of miniature chocolate chips, using more if desired.

4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack and cool completely. Cut into bars, top with ice cream if desired, serve.

Makes 12 Bars.

 

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My Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Bars are great for any day you want a scrumptious, no-fuss dessert!

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With as busy as we all are these days, I’ve got a mega simple bar recipe for you today that is tasty as can be!

You probably have the ingredients you need right in your pantry. So get out your favorite Yellow Cake Mix and let’s get started.

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These Amish Sugar Cookie Bars are truly a WOW! Be prepared to fall in love with sugar cookies all over again – Amish Sugar Cookie Bars, that is!   ♥

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So, I was in Barnes & Noble the other day, and I saw a recipe in a really neat cookbook dedicated just to cookies. In the book was a recipe Amish Sugar Cookies. Hmm, Amish Sugar Cookies?

So I thought it over and something inside me told me to give these a try. I adapted the recipe slightly and made bars instead of cookies, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. :)

When my kids came home from school they saw the bars sitting out and asked about them. They loved the way the bars looked, but weren’t too excited about the idea of a sugar cookie, until they tried them!

My kids loved these bars! Let’s just say I get, I really, really get it!!

Do yourself a favor and try these, they are truly wonderful!

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Moist red vlevet bars topped with just the right amount of cream cheese Oreo frosting, and melted chocolate, finished off with a few more miniature chips, and Valentine’s Day sprinkles just for fun! 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Are you a red velvet lover? If you are, these bars are right up your alley. Red Velvet is just such a nice pleasant flavor. Don’t you think? There are a lot of people out there who LOVE red velvet, and I mean LOVE it! I know a few of those people. :)

My youngest son is one of those people. There’s just something about red velvet he absolutely loves, and I know a lot of you out there are the exact same way!

Red velvet everything has been all over the internet lately, so I just kind of went with what flavors I thought would make most people happy.

So let’s get started…

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars

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These Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars are so good! You’re going to love making them, and even more you’re going to love serving them to family and friends.

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It has been very cold here to say the least! The governor has cancelled school because it’s just too cold to have kids out in this kind of weather.

When cold weather hits I think we all kind of look for our own favorite comfort foods. Here, on of our comfort foods is chocolate chip cookies.

At first glance these may look like any other chocolate chip bar. However, the wonderful mix of chocolate and the extra touch of chopped salted caramel milk chocolate caramel makes them so much more!

If you’re not a fan of milk chocolate that’s fine, just use a different kind of chocolate. Check out my recipe, it’s easy to follow, easy to change, and it doesn’t disappoint. :)

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Cheesecake is always a winning dessert choice, especially during the holidays. These delicious bars make it easy to enjoy that wonderful cheesecake flavor without having too much of a good thing! 

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So, my grandmother gave me this recipe several years ago, shortly before she passed away. The funny thing about it is, it’s so similar to every cheesecake bar made with a cookie mix, but my grandma never used cookie mixes. So, I’m not real sure why she had it, or even where it originated.

She told me to hang on to this recipe because it’s a good one! She was right!! At the time I didn’t think much of it, but I have made many, many variations of this recipe because it turns out great every single time. :)

Of course like every recipe, I change it up a bit almost every time, depending upon what I’m in the mood for that day! The mini red & green M&M’s give it that special little cheer for the holidays. But feel free to use whatever type of topping your family and friends enjoy. [Read more…]

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Shhh, don’t tell anyone but I love shortbread! So each year when the holiday season comes around I make several different kinds. The buttery delicious flavor of shortbread is just one of those flavors that brings me straight back to being a kid.

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Blondies

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Blondies

These blondies are a wonderful change of pace for summer!

The other day I needed a bar that was just a little different for a special event. This time around I wanted something with chocolate, but a light chocolate. So, this is the combo du jour I came up with. :)

Like I said these blondies, bars or whatever you prefer to call them definitely have a lighter taste, and that’s exactly what I wanted. For all of you loyal brownie fans –  the true chocolate brownie still reigns supreme! :)

But there are times a person wants something a little different. These bars are great for dessert after a nice summer meal, a church get together, or really anytime at all.

I must say I really like them for a nice summer treat!

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The best part is these bars start with a mix, AND are very easy to make! Who could ask for more?

FYI – the tan chips are peanut butter chips, but these bars would also be very good made with butterscotch chips in place of the peanut butter chips.

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Let cool, cut into squares or any shape you want and enjoy!

 

White Chocolate Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Blondies

INGREDIENTS                                                             copy of 001                                                                                 

1 (15.25-ounce) package golden vanilla cake mix

1 (3.3-ounce) package instant white chocolate instant pudding

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 large eggs

2-3 tablespoons milk (soymilk, cow’s milk, rice milk)

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

3/4 cup Reese’s peanut butter chips

Topping: 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick spray; set aside. In a large bowl mix the cake mix, pudding mix, butter, eggs and milk with a large spoon until blended. Mix in the white chocolate chips and Reese’s peanut butter chips.

2. Spread and press into prepared pan. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, gently pressing into dough.

3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until just set. Do not over bake! Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Cut into bars.

Makes 24 bars – or fewer if you like them larger…:)

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