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Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

These Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars are simple and delicious cookie bars that taste just like a cinnamon roll! They’re soft, sweet, and all-around delicious!

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

I have a confession.

I have never made homemade cinnamon rolls.

 

Like ever.

I am all about popping that can of Grands on a Saturday morning, but the homemade kind with yeast?  Yeah no.

 

Does that make me a fraud?

Here’s my reasoning…I would rather sit and think about how to successfully stuff a cookie WITH a cinnamon roll than how to make the yeasty bits work in the dough.

I am sure it’s easy, and I’m sure you guys will email me recipes to your “no fail” cinnamon rolls, or send me links to the “EASIEST CINNAMON ROLLS EVER”, but I’ll tell you what’s no fail…it’s called popping open a can and baking for 15 minutes.

 

I know it’s kinda opposite for me, because I’m all about letting your cookie dough sit overnight and really how annoying is THAT?  But all the yeasty rising and waiting or proofing or whatever you call it bugs me.  Much like making pudding.

I never claimed to make sense.

 

So instead of making Cinnamon Rolls, let me do me and make Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars.

Because it makes sense.

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars ~ Starts with a Cake Mix and is topped with delicious cream cheese frosting! www.cookiesandcups.com

These guys start with a cake mix and a box of pudding.  You they’re gonna be good.Ingredients for Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars, including butter cinnamon, brown sugar, cake mix and pudding mix

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

Literally dump all your ingredients into a bowl and stir.

White powdered mix being poured into a mixing bowlYou’re gonna need to load up on cinnamon.  Two whole tablespoons.  Don’t be scared.

Ground cinnamon on top of dry ingredients in a mixing bowlSpread your batter into a greased pan and bake.

Seriously, how easy is that?

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bar batter in a glass panThey’ll look like this when they are done…

Baked cinnamon roll cookie bars in a glass pan

 

While they’re cooling go ahead and make your frosting.

I enjoy my cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.  Duh.Powdered sugar in a glass liquid measuring cupPlop that frosting on top of your cooled bars…

Cream cheese frosting on top of a pan of cinnamon roll cookie bars

 

And spread it around evenly.Close-up of cinnamon roll cookie bars topped with cream cheese frosting

I topped mine with some cinnamon sugar.  I got this handy little grinder from Trader Joe’s, but it’s just as easy to make your own and sprinkle it all up on there.

Collage of two photos of ground cinnamon being added to frosted cinnamon roll cookie barsI mean…

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars ~ Starts with a Cake Mix and is topped with delicious cream cheese frosting! www.cookiesandcups.com

Take THAT yeast!Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars ~ Starts with a Cake Mix and is topped with delicious cream cheese frosting! www.cookiesandcups.com

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Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: About 12 large bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars are simple and delicious cookie bars that taste just like a cinnamon roll! They’re soft, sweet, and all-around delicious!


Ingredients

Scale

Bars

  • 1 (15.25 oz) box Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 (4 serving) box Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • *optional ~ Cinnamon Sugar to garnish
  • 3 Tbsp sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. In large bowl combine all ingredients for the bars. Stir until there are no lumps.
  4. Spread into prepared baking dish and bake 20-25 minutes until edges are golden.
  5. Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

  1. In mixing bowl beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  2. Spread on cooled bars.
  3. If desired sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top for garnish
  4. Cut into squares when ready to serve.

Notes

Store chilled because of the frosting.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 545
  • Sugar: 96.9 g
  • Sodium: 91.1 mg
  • Fat: 16.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 100.7 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 72.9 mg

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108 comments on “Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars”

  1. This is very difficult to read. With the video and ads on top of the recipe I have only a little sliver of the screen to view it. It looks really good though and I want to try it. But I’m going to hunt for this recipe elsewhere. Using an Android phone. Unable to x out ad or video. Just thought you might want to know.

    1. You can easily click on “print the recipe” and it will come up with a non ad page with only the recipe, and of course the ability to print as well!

  2. I only have yellow cake mix. Does anybody know if that would work?
    Super excited to try these, they look sooo good!

  3. Silly question. I’ve never used cook & serve pudding. Does it have to made ahead of time and then put into the ingredients for the bars? Or do I toss in what’s in the box as-is??

  4. Just made them and they smell heavenly. Won’t taste them until work tomorrow but I’m sure the ICU nurses will be happy haha.

  5. Lmbo, loved the recipe and how you explained it!! Kids loved this and was a great treat at the company picnic.. Thanks for sharing..

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