First day of schooooool. It was Monday.
And it was just .... insane. I had four classes. I also had an intense need for copious amounts of chocolate. Since it was the first day, we didn't really cover any material. Basically all of the professors just introduced themselves and the class and told us what they expect of us.
They expect that we won't die of extreme exhaustion by week 3.
Also they told us about all of the papers we'll have to write, homework we'll have to do, tests we'll have to take and chapters we'll have to read. I had about 100 pages of reading that I needed to get done by today. It ended up being a pretty rough day. I was late for one class [combination of needing to walk over to a different building and then not being able to find the room I was looking for]. And at one point, I mistakenly walked into the men's bathroom.
It was definitely the kind of day that called for cookie bars.
I guess it's a good thing I bake, huh?
Okay, let's obsess over cake batter for a little while. I feel like it's one of those things that people love to love! You know, like cookie dough. Or bacon. Or pretty much any dessert. But cake batter! Any time I think of that phrase, I think of the actual liquid batter. But these amazing Cake Batter Cookie Bars are flavored simply with dry cake mix. And sprinkles. But do sprinkles actually add flavor...? Not sure.
The first time I made cake batter anything, it was rice krispie treats [I mean, what better place to start?!], and then I did these cookies. But I have to say, I think these cookie bars top them all. They were so chewy! And had the best texture ever. I'm just a texture person, so I love it!
Add as many sprinkles as possible.
Cake Batter Cookie Bars (Adapted from: Chef in Training)
Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes Yield: 15 cookie bars
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup dry yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup + 2 TBSP colorful sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 11" x 9" pan; set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and dry cake mix; set aside. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and both sugars. Add pudding mix, vanilla and almond extracts and egg and mix to combine. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and 1/4 cup sprinkles. Press the dough into the prepared pan. Add the remaining sprinkles on top and gently press on.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set and golden brown. Cool completely before slicing.
PS: my second day [yesterday] was just as difficult. But sprinkles always help.