Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Funfetti Cookie Butter Bars

This week, I was given a mixer to take home and test out for a gift giveaway at work. As soon as I was asked, I immediately knew what I was going to make. A few weeks ago, I saw on Foodgawker a post for  Funfetti Cookie Butter Triple Chip Bar. When I saw the picture, my mouth was watering with anticipation. I couldn't wait to test out this recipe; Funfetti Cake mix, Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, coconut, and chocolate chips; how could I resist!? Added bonus...It's quick and extremely to prepare!

Since early childhood, I've always been a big fan of Funfetti cake mixes. Not that I have any right at all to criticize, but Pillsbury is by far the best, with their use of real sprinkles in the cake mix. While the color dotted cakes stole my heart as a child, this recipe takes Funfetti to an entirely new level. Delicious, gooey, and extremely sweet! This was my first experience with Cookie Butter and oh my goodness, it was scrumptious! Such an unusual taste, a little reminiscent of crushed gingerbread. Definitely worth the 8am trip to Trader Joe's.

A few side notes: 1. I would definitely use Peanut Butter baking chips instead of the butterscotch next time; it was slightly overpowering.  2. Be sure to cut into small bite size pieces, as these cookie bars are very sweet from the sugary cookie butter. 3. This snack tastes best when warm and gooey, although it's a mess to serve this way!

I wil surely be pawning these off as they are too dangerous to keep in close proximity! Hope you all enjoy them!

Funfetti Cookie Butter Bars
From Averie Cooks

1 box Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tblsp water
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup butterscotch chips (or Peanut Butter!)
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/3 large cup cookie butter from Trader Joes

-Preheat oven to 350*
-Line a 9x13" pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray
-Using a large mixing bowl, mix together cake mix, butter, egg, and vanilla.
-Beat until combined. The batter will be a dough like consistency and very thick
-If needed, knead together with your hands
-Once combined, press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan, spreading evenly
-Spread coconut flakes evenly over the dough
-Sprinkle the three flavors of baking chips on top
-Using the same mixing bowl, combine condensed milk and the cookie butter
-Beat until well mixed, then pour evenly over the dough
-Bake 26 to 30 mins, or until the edges start to brown
-Allow to cool completely before slicing

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