Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

   I seriously cannot believe it's already Saturday, not that I'm complaining. I woke up at 5:30 this morning with a groan knowing my alarm was minutes away from going off then it occured to me, "it's Saturday!" Best feeling ever.
  Last Sunday my parents, Brandon, and I visited my granny and papa (my dad's parents). They only live about an hour and a half away so it's always a delightful little day trip. I volunteered to bring a dessert and decided to do a little experimenting. My papa reminded me to send the recipe to my granny more than once so I think my expermineting was a success. 


Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

Ingredients
1 box yellow cake mix (butter pecan would also be delicious I'm sure)
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

Icing
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions
Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased 9"x13" baking dish. Bake at 350degrees for 25 minutes.
When perfectly baked remove from the oven and pour icing over the top.


   You know what I'm most excited about? Making these with a gluten-free cake mix so I can also partake of them. Yeah buddy.

70 comments:

  1. holy my mouth is watering moly, Anna! these look so amazing. Can I just come live with you and I can make your lunches if you can make me these lovely sweet treats!?

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    1. Sounds like a perfect trade-off to me Tia :o)

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  2. these look amazing! the name itself makes me drool!
    Would love to have link this up at Sunday Round UP!
    3 blogs = 1 party
    xx
    Heather
    http://www.heatherlyloves.com/2012/03/sunday-round-up-1_8663.html

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  3. These look delicious! I'd love for you to share them at Mix it up Monday:

    http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2012/03/mix-it-up-monday_18.html

    I hope to see you soon :)

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  4. Newest follower from "Blog Hop" link up. I seriously LOVE cinnamon rolls and the idea of these literally made me salivate! Sounds delish!

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  5. I just made these. Like within an hour of seeing the recipe...I couldn't help myself, they looked & sounded so good!

    I felt like the cinnamon & sugar was supposed to be marbled in somehow but there were no instructions to add them separately...so I didn't. But I wondered if it was a typo - 1.5 tablespoons cinnamon? I couldn't bring myself to add more than 1 full tablespoon & I thought it tasted heavily spicy in the dough before I put it in the oven. I also needed a full 3 T. of milk to make the icing into a glaze that would cover the whole pan. They were delicious right out of the oven & freshly glazed but I will try a smidge less cinnamon next time. Maybe cut back to 2 or 3 teaspoons.

    All in all, this was a delicious quick little fix for when you get that cinnamon roll craving but don't want to do all that rolling & cutting work that comes with making the rolls. I've added this recipe to my files. THANK YOU!!

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    1. 3 teaspoons is the same as 1 tablespoon.

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  6. I think I need one of those right now.

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    1. Oh, you definitely need three right now :o)

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    2. Sounds so yummy! Will hopefully be making these this weekend! -Morgan (dabsmom02@yahoo.com)

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  7. I made these the other day. So good. Loved the intense cinnamon flavor. I used cream for the frosting because I had some I needed to use up. Took way more than 2 tbsp. I split them with a friend and we ate them for breakfast for a while. These would be perfect warm at a brunch! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    1. While I have not tasted them as yet they sure smell good! I too had to use way more than 2 Tbsp of milk as well. Looking forward to sharing them at work tomorrow. I seems to have a very eager and willing bunch of taste testers.

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  8. This looks delish! Thank you! I will be making this tomorrow. Yummers!

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  9. Hi Anna! I just found your blog on Pinterest and I am obsessed with these cinnamon roll cookie bars!! These look too good! I love your idea, bookmarking for later :)

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  10. These were amazing without the frosting. Next time I will do a cream cheese frosting. My husband keeps coming up with things I should add to them like chocolate chips and other stuff.

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    1. Mmmmm cream cheese frosting would be fantastic!

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  11. I just made these and both me and the hubby LOVED them! I think next time I will only do 1/2 or 1/3 of the called for frosting, so that it's just a light glaze. Thanks for an AWESOME {and easy} recipe. I love finding out new blogs on Pinterest!

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  12. I'm going to make these tomorrow! I think I'll take the less cinnamon advice though. Should they be totally cooled before I try to cut them or should I take them out of the pan right away?

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  13. These look so good! I will have to try these! Recipesplusmore.blogspot.com

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  14. These are so yummy! I thought the amount of cinnamon was perfect and I did need an extra tbsp of milk for the icing. I'm going to add pecans to the top next time. Yum!

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    1. oh gosh, pecans would be a divine addition :o)

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  15. These were DElish!!! I thought the spices were just right. The only thing I might try next time would be a smudge of vanilla in the glaze. AND adding pecans sounds awesome too!!

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    1. Great idea.I am going to put vanilla in the glaze next time I make them.Thanks for the tip.I am making them for Thanksgiving and I am sure my husband's family will love them as much as we do.

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  16. Made these tonight! Love how chewy they are. I actually took the cinnamon one step further and sprinkled the top of the dough with cinnamon chips before baking! YUMMO!

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  17. Hey...this looks fantastic? Has anyone made a low cholesterol version? I have high cholesterol but love sweets. I wonder if it would be bad to substitute a margarine for the butter, egg whites for the eggs, and 1% milk for the milk?

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  18. I can hardly wait to try these. I'm going to make them tonight. Thanks.

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  19. Found this recipe 45 minutes ago. Had all the ingredients on hand, so I made them...they are still warm and the icing is gooey...very tasty!

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  20. OH, MY! I have been waiting for this recipe my whole life! I have always preferred cinnamon-y things over chocolate...this is amazing! The texture is soft and the amount of cinnamon is perfect for me, not too intense at all! Tastes just like a cinnamon roll at the mall, even better! This will be my new signature dessert to bring to pot lucks, visiting friends, and just a regular ol' day when I crave something yummy...and sooo easy! I am hooked!

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  21. My husband and I recently stayed in a bed and breakfast and she made these delicious bars.The smell in her home was pure Heaven while they were baking.They are so easy to make and are fantastic with the butter pecan cake mix.I am going to make them and sprinkle cinnamon chips on top.My husband loved them also.This is a fantastic recipe.

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    1. Great idea to sprinkle cinnamon chips on top, I'm going to try that next :)

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  22. Unbelievable!!! So good! I made them with butter pecan cake mix and Saigon cinnamon. I will probably double the icing next time. They taste fantastic when they are still warm. I hope we have some left when my husband comes home :)

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  23. Just made them. Yes, you need more like a 1/4 c. Of milk/cream for the glaze. I would up the cinnamon to 2 tablespoons. I like them spicy and they could use a bit more.

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    1. I used almost 3T of cinnamon, perfect :)

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  24. IS THIS A JOKE OR WHAT....I AM KNOWN FOR BEING A GOOD BAKER/COOK------THESE WERE ROCK HARD.

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  25. They turned out fantastic. I only used 1Tbsp of cinnamon.

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  26. Oh such cinnamon goodness! All I had was a white cake mix but perfect none-the-less. A perfect treat to show off the McCormick Roasted Saigon Cinnamon that I'm obsessed with. Thank you amazing Anna, these are a keeper!

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  27. How many does this recipe make? That way I know how many times to double it. Thank you!

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    1. It depends on how small you cut them. I'd say if you make them small you could get over 20.

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    2. Thank you!!! :) Happy Baking!

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  28. I made them with spice cake flavour. I cut back a little on the cinnamon. Came out amazing!!

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  29. I didnt like the icing at all...tasted to much like powdered sugar and not cinnamon roll icing. Maybe if the icing was better it would be alright.

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  30. I know no limits. I put the full amount of cinnamon (or maybe been a smidge more!), cinnamon chips on top (I didn't put them on till after baking; they didn't melt well, I'd suggest putting them on before baking), vanilla in the glaze, and toasted chopped pecans on top. Yum! Yum! Yum! A definite addition to brunch, snack day at work, Christmas morning...

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  31. Thank you for this easy delish recipe. I recommend making it only for company, otherwise you'll end up eating it all. I had to substitute oil for the butter (grocery store fail), and egg beaters for the eggs. It came out perfect. The amount of cinnamon was perfect. I was skeptical at first but I'm glad I didn't skimp! These ideas for additions are wonderful. I might try white chocolate chips next time.

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  32. Mine just turned into a cake... what went wrong?

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  33. Just made these. Delicious! Used cream cheese frosting instead and will probably double up on cinnamon next time. These are dangerous though. Dangerously amazing!

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  34. just made these! The batter was way thick and hard to spread, so i added an extra egg. It seemed to help. Then for the frosting, i added 1/2 cup of cream cheese. it was perfect! and the end result was HEAVEN! I will def make these again!

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  35. I made these exactly according to recipe, the only change I had to make was that I had to heat up the icing mixture significantly to get it creamy enough to spoon onto the "cookies". Had i read the other reviews first, i would have simply added more milk. These were absolutely amazing! Not sure what the reviewers who said they were hard left out of the recipe because they were very soft and delicious. My husband wanted to eat the whole batch. Keeping this recipe!

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  36. I made these last night. Half the pan is already gone. Kudos!!!!

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  37. I made these with my students in cooking class. They were a HUGE HIT!! The bars were completely gone in minutes. Thank you for sharing your AMAZING recipe.

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  38. Made these for a few get togethers and was asked for the recipe over and over, a real winner!

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  39. Just found this recipe less than an hour ago. They are in the oven as I type this. :D Only thing I changed was adding vanilla to the icing. :)

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  40. Whatever you do. Do not try making these from scratch. I tried just taking a basic cake recipe and adding this, and it turned into a very very yummy cake. So if you aim to make this into actual bars, go for the box. Though, the cake is really good too.

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  41. A teacher friend made this great recipe for my family! They are excellent! Definately a keeper!

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  42. Do you put the icing on when the cake is hot or when it cools?

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  43. I made these bars and wrote about them here. They were a huge hit! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. :)

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  44. I made these for Valentine's day today and they turned out AMAZING! I did the pecan cake mix and added pecans on top. I did 3T of milk and added a little vanilla to the icing as well. They are a hit... so gooey and wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!

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  45. Wow...I made these today and they are such cinnamony sugary squares of goodness! We ate them while they were still warm...these are definitely dangerous! Only thing I did differently was 1 1/2'd the icing! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!

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  46. Sounds good -- but are they overly sweet? Cake mix is sweetened -- adding both white & brown sugar? and then a sweet icing --- has anyone tried altering this?

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  47. I have made these several times now
    and have taken them to church potlucks. They were a big hit. So easy to make as well. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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  48. For those that put vanilla in the icing....how much do you put in? 1 tsp? 1/2 tsp? I want to make these and I do agree on adding vanilla. Just need to know how much.

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    1. you could use one half to one teaspoon vanilla, start out with one half see how it taste to you, then add more if you want a more vanilla flavor.....mj

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  49. Followed as extract except for less cinnamon, was the dough to be a little sticky?

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