Reese’s Gooey Cake Bars

Reese’s peanut butter cups and Reese’s pieces turn these chocolate cake mix bars into a peanut butter lover’s dream dessert.  Make these Reese’s Gooey Cake Bars for after dinner, and watch everyone go nuts for them.

Reese's Gooey Cake Bars from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - Reese's candies turn these cake bars into a peanut butter lover's dream dessert

 Remember a few weeks ago when I admitted HERE that I was struggling remembering any kind of 9th grade science?

Well, it’s gets worse people.  Now I can’t even do 4th grade math.  Seriously!   My brain has decided to go bye bye when it comes to scholastic anything.    [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Magic Bars

Do you like Carrot Cake?    These Carrot Cake Magic Bars are a quick and easy treat to serve after Easter dinner.

Carrot Cake Magic Bars from http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com - all the flavors of a carrot cake in a gooey magic bar

The other day I was shopping at Walmart, and I came across this season’s newest M&M flavor.  They created a white chocolate carrot cake M&M.  Now you either are an A person who decided immediately that it sounds nasty, or you are a B person who is intrigued and want to give it a try.  I am usually a B person with most new flavors, unless they are sour.  Sour candy gives me the heebie geebies!  Just can’t do it!!!  Anyway, I instagrammed a picture asking opinions on this new flavor, and sure enough, the results were about half and half on whether you guys would try these too.  Of course being a B person, I brought them home with me.   [Read more...]

Lemon Magic Bars

lemon magic cake bars

It’s cold outside and I am dreaming about summer and sunshine.  What is it about lemon bars that make you feel all warm and happy inside?  Apparently I am not the only one who bakes up lemon bars during the dreary month of January. I have seen quite a few versions floating around blog land this week.  And here I thought I was being all sneaky like last Sunday when I threw these lemon cake bars in my oven.   I think all food bloggers think alike…for the most part that is.

lemon magic cake bars

So supposedly there is a flu epidemic going around the country.  My kids have been fairly healthy…just a few colds here and there.  I hope everyone in your households have been staying healthy too.

The other day my husband and I went to visit a lady from our church in the hospital.  We stopped at the front desk to find out what room she was in.  The girl looked us over really good, and then proceeded to tell us the hospital was closed to anyone but close family due to the flu restrictions.  Lucky for us, clergy is also allowed in the building.  I think that might have stunned her for a minute.  But then she kept going and telling us that children were not allowed under ANY circumstance in the building.  We just shook our heads and agreed with her.

As we walked away, we both just started to laugh.  Did she know something we did’t because the last time I checked no one else was with us.  Nope, no kids at all.  I stopped and look around because I was SURE some child had wandered into the building and must be standing near us.  I mean why else would she lecture us about children coming in?  As we waited for the elevator I did my scan of the room again…nope, still no children anywhere near us.  I’m thinking she thought we were suspicious looking and had a child hidden under our coat or in my giant purse.

Either that, or my make up was doing an extremely good job that day, and I looked like I was under the age of 18.  My husband just kind of snorted when I said that.  Fine…just burst this 36 year old’s dreams of still looking young.

lemon magic cake bars

As we rode up the elevator, my husband asked me what I thought would happen if you really would try to sneak a child into a hospital room.  I’m pretty sure there would be alarms, bells, and whistles screaming through the hallways.  Then the metal gates would probably drop from the ceiling cutting off all hopes of escape.   Bottom line..don’t even mention the word “kid” in the building.  That could get you under surveillance pretty quickly!

In all seriousness, I do understand the need to be very careful when the flu is going around.  We just got a good laugh at the lady at the front desk and how insistent she was about no children when we didn’t have any with us.

lemon magic cake bars

Maybe if this lady had some super sweet lemon cake bars with sprinkles for her lunch break, she would have been in a happier mood.

These magic bars start with a lemon cake mix dough that is pressed into a pan.  Then in true magic bar fashion there are five layers of ingredients baked into the cake mix crust.  I think my favorite layer is the sprinkle coating.  Sprinkles just make me so happy, and I try to use them any chance I get.  If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth, this bar is for you.  Using a lemon cake mix keeps it from being a tart and citrus bar.  It has a very subtle lemon flavor that pairs very well with the white chocolate and coconut layers.

And as with all magic bars, these are very sweet.  I seriously could eat the sweetest and richest dessert without batting an eyelash.  My sweet tooth has had years of experience.  My husband on the other hand declared these bars too sweet for his liking.  Just thought you might like to know they rate high on the sweet chart.   They also rate very high in the cheery happy dessert chart.

 

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Lemon Magic Cake Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Lemon Magic Cake Bars

Lemon cake mix topped with layers of sweet goodness to create a magic bar

Ingredients

1 lemon cake mix
8 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1/4 cup sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Combine the cake mix, butter, egg, and lemon juice until it forms a soft dough. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Layer the white chocolate chips, marshmallows, and coconut on the dough. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the top, covering everything as much as possible. Top with sprinkles.
  2. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 24 squares.
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PEPPERMINT PATTY GOOEY CAKE BARS

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LEMON CHEESECAKE CAKE

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NUTELLA MARSHMALLOW BARS

 

 

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Peppermint Patty Gooey Cake Bars

Peppermint Patty Gooey Cake Bars - easy cake mix bars filled with York Peppermint Patties www.insidebrucrewlife.com

The other day I wanted chocolate.  I had to have something right away!

There is always some sort of candy in my baking cupboard, but I wanted something more than just a chocolate bar.  I kept thinking about these candy corn gooey cake bars and how good they were.  As I dug through the cupboard, I pulled out a bag of York peppermint patties.  What kind of yummy dessert could I come up with???

The wheels in my head started turning and I grabbed a chocolate cake mix and got working.   [Read more...]

Oreo Coconut Gooey Cake Bars

I have something super duper yummy for you today.

Do you like coconut?
I sure hope so, because these Oreo Coconut Gooey  Cake Bars are all about the white stuff!
And if you don’t, just send your piece on over…
I have a serious coconut addiction going on over here :-)
Oreo Coconut Gooey Cake Bars - Oreo gooey cake bars with a delicious coconut topping
 
The gooey butter cake has been around for quite a while,
but can you believe that I have never tried one.
As in, never eaten one or made one.
That all changed earlier this week.
I baked one before the kitchen was demolished and then…
it happened.
One just jumped right into my mouth while I was taking pictures.
And the unthinkable…a second just might have joined the first.
I like to call it research instead of cheating on my diet.
The extra mile I had to run was totally worth it that day :-)
Can you blame me?
Look how scrumptious those bars look.
After all they had Oreos and coconut all baked into them.
I just couldn’t resist two of my favorite flavors all in one yummy bar.

Oreo Coconut Gooey Cake Bars - Oreo gooey cake bars with a delicious coconut topping
First I added Oreo cookie chunks to the cake dough. Yum!!!

Oreo gooey cake bars - crust
Then it got even better with a topping of coconut and condensed milk.
Is it bad that I wanted to eat it by the spoonfuls???

Oreo Gooey Cake Bars - coconut
And then my fav m&m in easter colors got sprinkled on top!
Don’t ask where the leftover ones are…
I have no idea :-)

Oreo Gooey Cake Bars - m&ms
These bars had to leave my house right away!
I’m pretty sure I would have cheated on the diet again…
and again…
and probably again!!!
And I don’t think my legs would appreciate all the running
they would have to do to work it all off.

Oreo Coconut Gooey Cake Bars - Oreo gooey cake bars with a delicious coconut topping
I double dog dare you to make these this weekend!
For research that is. :-)

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Oreo Coconut Gooey Cake Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 20 squares

Oreo Coconut Gooey Cake Bars

Oreo gooey cake mix bars get a tropic twist with coconut and coconut M&M's.

Ingredients

1 white cake mix
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 egg
1 c. Oreo cookie chunks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. shredded coconut
1 (14 oz.) can condensed milk
1 c. coconut M&M’s

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cake mix, butter, vanilla and egg until a soft dough forms. Stir in the cookie chunks by hand. Press the dough into a greased 9×13 pan.
  2. Combine coconut and condensed milk in a bowl. Spread evenly on top of the cake dough. Sprinkle the top with the M&M’s. Bake for 28-30 minutes at 350*. Loosen the edges of the cake from the pan with a knife, when it comes out of the oven. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 20 bars. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for 4-5 days.
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