I made these for myself.
And for you. 🙂
I am a firm believer in having birthday cake on your birthday. It doesn’t necessarily have to be cake, but there has to be at least something filling that place, whether it’s a pie, a giant cookie, or a box of donuts. (Candles are necessary as well.) It’s your day, you know!? You need cake to celebrate properly.
This past Friday was my birthday, and last week I had all these things planned out to bake just because I wanted to make them. And because I could get away with it, you know? 😉 Last week also happened to be the busiest week ever. Like, rooftop parties, corporate office meetings, Southern Living + Coastal Living shindigs, and birthday festivities. Lots of stuff, but extremely fun stuff.
I ended up just making these cookie bars. I really can’t be disappointed because I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as much on a birthday as I ate on this one. Cupcake for breakfast, donut sitting on my desk when I arrived at work, this ridiculously incredible cheesecake, this loaded baked potato pizza, and a red velvet cake. (PS. I have awesome co-workers and the best friends in the history of the world.)
I definitely did not need these cookie bars. But I don’t make cookies very often, or cookie bars, and I was very inspired by all the wonderful cookie bars by Averie Cooks! (She’s a genius, in case you didn’t know. But you probably did.) So much easier than chilling and scooping cookie dough! And cookies never turn out the way I want them to. But these were just as dense and soft as I wanted them to be.
I also wanted to make these cookie bars and use up some of the ingredients I already had in the pantry. I used some yellow cake mix, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and lots of rainbow jimmies. The peanut butter chips were definitely what these bars needed! Besides a giant glass of milk.
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup yellow cake mix
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup rainbow jimmies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil, leaving a 3-4 inch overhang. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup, melt butter in 30 second increments until melted. Let it cool for a few moments.
- Transfer melted butter to the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl) and add the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.
- Add the cake mix. Then add half the flour. Mix until just combined. Repeat with the second half of the flour.
- Stir in chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and rainbow jimmies.
- Pour the cookie dough into the prepared pan and spread it out with a rubber spatula.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. Once the foil is cool to the touch, use the foil overhangs and lift the cookie out of the pan. Place it on a wire rack to cool completely. (Or until it's just slightly warm.)
- Cut cookie into bars and eat!