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!

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

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.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Kayleen
March 19, 2017 6:53 pm

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??

Megan
January 13, 2017 1:50 pm

If I made the vanilla cake from scratch, would I still need to use the pudding?

Liz
September 9, 2016 8:15 pm

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.

Brandy
June 18, 2016 5:49 pm

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

Debbie
February 24, 2016 1:45 pm

I made these yesterday. They are SOOOO GOOD. Easy to make and I loved it! I’m thinking of all the different versions you could possibly do with this mix. For example, like a spice bar or pumpkin bar with the same cake but different pudding…. who knows right? If anyone does try another version, please share!

Tara
December 11, 2014 5:10 pm

Question, I want to make these for a crowd. Can I double it and use a jelly roll pan?

Tara
December 11, 2014 5:27 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Thank you Shelly!

Rachel
November 21, 2014 11:49 pm

I’m seriously addicted to these!! They don’t disappoint!!

Regan
November 7, 2014 3:20 pm

Do these freeze well? Can’t wait to try them!

Regan
November 10, 2014 9:03 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Thanks! These are SO good!!! Everyone loved them and they are way better than cinnamon rolls!

Cristi
October 13, 2014 5:06 pm

Tina – Birds custard powder would probably work.
I’d say probably about 3/4 cup of the custard powder.
I lived in England for the last 7 years.. that was my substitute for vanilla pudding.

I made these last night.. yum!

Tina
October 12, 2014 12:01 pm

Wow these look amazing!! Can anyone tell me what the equivalent to the pudding mix is here in the UK?? Seriously want to make these!! xxx

Cristi
October 13, 2014 5:25 pm
Reply to  Tina

Tina – Birds custard powder would probably work.
I’d say probably about 3/4 cup of the custard powder.
I lived in England for the last 7 years.. that was my substitute for vanilla pudding.

I made these last night.. yum!

Kelli
October 7, 2014 9:14 am

Do you make the pudding or just use the mix?

Diana
October 6, 2014 7:47 pm

I made these today, they have good flavor but too sweet for me. My husband likes them so they ae a hit 😉
I was thinking of either halving the sugar int the frosting or making the bars in a jelly roll type pan to make the bars thinner thus speading the frosting a bit thinner. Any comments or advice on this would be appreciated.

Diana
October 6, 2014 6:13 pm

Just made these today. Very good but too sweet for me. My husband really liked them though
I was thinking of maybe trying them in a jelly roll pan to make the a bit thinner and spreading the frosting a bit thinner. Or using less sugar in the frosting. Any opinions or advice on my idea would be welcomed.
theses are great for somebody with a big sweet tooth.

Debbie Leonard
October 5, 2014 5:35 pm

These look so good; going to store now to get some of the ingredients I’m missing. Can’t wait to try them!

October 5, 2014 4:56 pm

Oh girl do these bars look amazing!! Pinned 🙂

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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