September 2, 2015

Confetti Cake Batter Cookie Bars

In the category "so it turns out you can teach an old mom new tricks," I think I've figured out how to make GCM recipes printable! My thanks to Ellen at Confessions of an Overworked Mom for being my tutor. 

I know most bloggers with anything worth printing have been offering this option since their premiere post, but I still have a dumb phone and use a desktop. Honestly, I would have made SUCH a fabulous pioneer woman except that I do love my washing machine. Also, I very much appreciate the invention of toilet paper. Which is as much as anyone needs to say on that topic.

(Insert change of subject.)

SO, on to something you might want to print. The first time I made these bar cookies, my younger daughter took one look at them and said, "Those look like a carnival exploded in the best possible way." 

Let me know what you think. And I'd love it if you also gave my little print option a go. But be honest and tell me if it's a disaster or takes you to some alternative link that might sully my good reputation. I'll be licking the batter bowl and waiting for your report.

Confetti Cake-Batter Cookie Bars

NEW! You might be able to print this! Click here to try!

1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups dry yellow cake mix without pudding in it (I use Duncan Hines)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup multicolored sprinkles, plus additional as needed (I get mine at the dollar store)
1/2 cup mini M&Ms (it does need to be the mini version here...I find that my beloved Target has the best price on these)
nonstick cooking spray

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Generously coat a 9x13 baking pan or a quarter sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, dry cake mix, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. 

In a small dish, mix the 1/4 cup sprinkles and the M&Ms. Set aside 1/4 cup. 

In a large bowl, beat the butter for about 30 seconds. Add both sugars and beat a minute or two until fluffy. Add the oil (measure it first), then the corn syrup (which will slip right out of your tablespoon if you measured the oil first), then the egg and vanilla to the butter-sugar mixture and beat until everyone seems to be getting along.

Dump the combined dry ingredients on top of the butter mixture and beat just until all the dry is in the party. Stir in the mini chocolate chips and the sprinkle/M&M mixture (minus your reserved 1/4 cup) by hand. This might take some muscle.

Plop large spoonfuls of your dough around your prepared pan, then spread evenly. Sprinkle on your reserved "confetti" mixture and press lightly with a spoon or your offset spatula. 

If your bar cookies do not look carnival-y enough for you, dress them up with some extra sprinkles.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or just until puffed in the center and starting to crack. The old toothpick test doesn't really work here: if you bake these until one tests clean, you will have less of a bar cookie and more of a very colorful concrete slab. Gooey is good in this case.

Cool on a wire rack for at least a couple minutes. Eat while warm if possible. If you need to store them, cool completely first, then cover the pan tightly with a lid or plastic wrap and foil. 


  1. This could be dangerous! I might send this recipe to my daughters school for their cookbook because it looks and sounds so amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Thanks, my bloggy friend! They do pretty much look like a party in a pan! I'm having fun keeping up on how things are going in your house via your blog...aren't you a busy mama? Thanks for stopping by!

  2. These probably taste so good. They look amazing!

    1. Thanks, Danielle! My taste-testers gave them a thumb's up. :) Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Yummy, they do sound delicious and look pretty amazing. You are correct, the recipe can absolutely be printed! Congratulations on your latest accomplishment & thanks for linking up at Welcome Home Wednesday!
    Sam //

    1. Woo hoo! Listen, I'll take the minor accomplishments when and where I can get them, born in the wrong century as I was! ;) Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for hosting the fabulous Welcome Home Wednesday party!

  4. Hi Elizabeth,
    Your Cookie Bars look awesome, we will really enjoy these. Hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Aw, thank you, Miz Helen! :) You're the best. I always look forward to Full Plate Thursday!


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