No time to make cinnamon rolls? Then you need to try these cinnamon bun bars instead! They're moist and chewy cookie bars that are sure to satisfy your craving for cinnamon rolls!
These are so quick and easy to make. I made them for the softball team that my daughter coaches and they were a HUGE hit! The first time I made them, I have to admit that I used store bought whipped cream cheese frosting because I was pressed for time but they were wonderful anyway! I posted the recipe and instructions to make homemade whipped cream cheese frosting that I have used as well. Either way, these bars are a winner!
1 (15.25 oz) box Vanilla Cake Mix
1 (4 serving) box Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding
3/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp cinnamon
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar for sprinkling on top of the frosting.
**Note: If you would rather make your own cinnamon sugar, it's easy, just combine 1/2 cup sugar with 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon. Store any unused cinnamon sugar in an air tight baggie....it's wonderful on toast for breakfast!
Preheat oven to 350°
Spray 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
In large bowl combine all ingredients
for the bars.
Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until lumps are gone.
Spoon into baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake 20-25 minutes until edges are
golden and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar. Once all of the sugar has been added, whip until light and fluffy.
**If you don't want to make your own cream cheese frosting or you just don't have the time, you can always use store bought whipped cream cheese frosting to frost these wonderful bars.
Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Now all that's left is to enjoy!
Oh, by the way...be sure to store any leftover bars in the refrigerator after they have been frosted.
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