Saturday, May 22, 2010

Candy Bar Cookie Bars and a Creative Idea from My Kitchen Helper

I can hardly believe it is nearing the end of May already!  I barely remember April.  Where does the time go?  I am loving the warmer weather but I don't want to take these days for granted.
Today, after a trip to the store, Ben said he was hungry so I fixed him a plate with some fresh strawberries and blueberries.  Thankfully, he has always been a good fruit and (for the most part) veggie eater.  I had my back turned when I heard him say "Mom, look at my fruit cup!"
I looked a little closer.  Funny little guy - he bit the end off of a strawberry and stuck a blueberry inside.  He is always cracking me up with his ideas :)
Candy Bar Cookie Bars
Sometimes it's nice to bake or create something totally or even partially from scratch.  I always feel like I have really accomplished something big with those kinds of recipes. 
Then there are days when you are running later than you had hoped but you still need to whip up a treat for the meeting you are helping host in just a few hours - and you haven't stocked your pantry with baking ingredients recently.
That was my story this morning.  I came across this recipe in my Cake Mix Doctor cookbook.  5 ingredients.  Bake time of 45 minutes.  It was just what I was looking for.  It turned out great and everyone enjoyed it.  Yay!
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 stick butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2-1 c. candy bar pieces
(I used toffee and mini chocolate chips - I think Reeses would be an awesome addition)
Mix together first four ingredients with mixer for 2 minutes, scraping batter down sides as needed.  Fold in candy pieces and mix well.  Place batter in ungreased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes (Mine were done in 35)
*The batter was very sticky so I used the hint Ingrid of 3 B's has mentioned before - I dampened my hands first and patted the batter down very smoothly.  Worked like a charm - thanks Ingrid!


  1. Gretchen, I think you have a little foodie in the making!

    Thanks for passing along the recipe. Looks good and I bet tastes even better.

    Yes, I love making desserts from scratch but the truth is my weekday evenings are packed. I really need these semi-homemade recipes to keep my guys happy and my baking withdrawls at bay.

  2. What a quick way to make blondies. Great idea!

  3. Hi, Gretchen! I've got this baby baking in the oven as I type. My Babygirl basically made them on her own for her end of year school snack. Smells good.....thanks again for passing along the recipe!

  4. I thought I left a comment telling you my youngest baked your recipe for her class.....guess it didn't go through? Anywaaaay, she did and she also said that her class really enjoyed them. Thanks for the recipe!