Red Velvet Bars are a simple dessert to make. With a cake mix base, Oreo cookies, and chocolate chips, they make a delicious treat to make for parties.
I love to create fun treats for every occasion. And these vibrant red velvet cake bars are my favorite thing for Valentine's Day or Christmas. A layer of chocolate makes them extra rich and delicious.
Cake mix treats are great because they're easy to prepare. All you need is a box mix and a few extra ingredients.
Every few months, I clean out the pantry and create new recipes with what I find. Recently, I discovered that Oreos and red velvet make the perfect Valentine's Day dessert.
Why This Oreo Red Velvet Recipe Works
If you love red velvet cake but want something easier to make, this is the perfect alternative. Combining cake mix, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate cookies creates a treat that's hard to resist.
- Incredibly easy to make - Anyone can make these cookie bars with just a few simple ingredients.
- Quick and convenient - No need to spend hours baking from scratch! Cake mix makes it easy to prepare bars quickly for serving.
- Perfect for any occasion - These gooey layer bars are perfect for any occasion. Make them for birthday parties, holiday gatherings, or a cozy evening at home.
- Fun to customize - Experiment with other combinations using different cake mixes and other toppings!
What You'll Need
Here is the basic list of tools and ingredients needed to make this red velvet cookie bars recipe. A layer of cookies, hot fudge, and chocolate chips makes them taste fantastic.
- Mixing Bowls - Used to make the cookie dough and milk mixture.
- Stand Mixer - My favorite way to make baked goods easily.
- Rubber Spatula - It makes it easy to scrape the bowl and then press the dough into the pan.
- 9x13 Baking Dish - This one comes with a lid to store leftovers.
- Red Velvet Cake Mix - For this recipe, you will only use the dry powder. Any brand works, but make sure it is around 15 ounces.
- Butter - Set it out ahead of time so it can soften.
- Large Egg - Provides some moisture to create a soft dough.
- Oreo Cookies - I used the original cookies. Feel free to use any variety, such as golden, chocolate cream, or red velvet Oreos.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk - Gives the bars a sweet, gooey texture.
- Hot Fudge Topping - Transforms the milk into a rich chocolate topping. Use 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder in place of the fudge.
- Chocolate Chips - Miniature chips are the perfect size to add more chocolate without being overwhelming. However, you can use any kind.
How To Make Red Velvet Bars
These red velvet cake bars come together in minutes. Just give yourself enough time for the sweet bars to cool and firm up before cutting them into squares.
Step One: Using a stand or electric mixer, beat the boxed cake mix, butter, egg, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Stop once a soft dough forms.
Step Two: Spray a 9x13-inch pan and your hands with non-stick spray. Press the sticky red velvet batter into the prepared pan with your hands or a rubber spatula.
Step Three: Crumble the cookies on top of the cake layer. Stir the milk and hot fudge in a small mixing bowl, then drizzle it evenly over the top. Sprinkle with an even layer of mini chips.
Step Four: Place the pan in the oven and bake until set. Let the fudge bars cool completely on a wire rack before cutting them into squares.
On the Counter - Store gooey cake bars in an airtight container on your counter at room temperature for 3-4 days.
In the Freezer - After the bars have cooled, wrap them in plastic and then store them in the freezer for up to three months. To thaw, leave them in the fridge overnight.
Tips and Tricks
- Use cooking spray on the pan AND your hands to keep the dough from sticking to you.
- Evenly sprinkle the cookies and chocolate chips on top, so each bite has chocolatey goodness.
- For best results, allow the red velvet bars to cool completely before cutting. This way, they keep their shape and texture.
- Experiment with other flavors using a different cake mix or swapping the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips or nuts.
Substitute another cake mix flavor and follow the rest of the recipe as written. However, this will change the flavor of the bars, so choose one that complements the chocolate topping.
Make sure to grease the baking pan thoroughly or line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. This will also allow you to lift them out easily.
While Oreo cookies add a unique texture and flavor, you can make these red velvet cake mix bars without them. Try a different cookie or omit them altogether.
The bars are done when the top starts to caramelize and turn brown. They will look undone but will firm up as they cool.
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*This post was first published in January 2014. It was updated and then republished in January 2024.
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