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. photo IMG_0947_zps329fa09b.jpg

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

Literally dump all your ingredients into a bowl and stir.

 photo IMG_0958_zps241f0d86.jpgYou’re gonna need to load up on cinnamon.  Two whole tablespoons.  Don’t be scared.

 photo IMG_0964_zpsb0cded29.jpgSpread your batter into a greased pan and bake.

Seriously, how easy is that?

 photo IMG_0966_zpsefd9f285.jpgThey’ll look like this when they are done…

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

I enjoy my cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.  Duh. photo IMG_0973_zps0405dad4.jpgPlop that frosting on top of your cooled bars…

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And spread it around evenly. photo IMG_0979_zps9967fcc7.jpg

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.

 photo PicMonkeyCollage_zpsccfd3061.jpgI 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:

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
Kayleen

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
Megan

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

Liz
Liz

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
Brandy

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
Debbie

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
Tara

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

Rachel
Rachel

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

Regan
Regan

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

Cristi
Cristi

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
Tina

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
Cristi

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
Kelli

Do you make the pudding or just use the mix?

Diana
Diana

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
Diana

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
Debbie Leonard

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

Marla Meridith

Oh girl do these bars look amazing!! Pinned 🙂

LINDA PAYNE
LINDA PAYNE

Yeast and I don’t get along. I’ve tried but I fail, I always want to work it too much, because it’s never quite perfect enough and if you do this or that it would but it’s only tough, bad part is I think I know I’m doing it but CAN’T STOP!

Shelley
Shelley

Is that brown sugar in the picture? Do I need brown sugar? I’m thinking is just the mix, the pudding and the ingredients the cake mix calls for plus the cinnamon. Is that correct? Thanks!

Stina
Stina

I bookmarked this recipe quite some time ago but didn’t get around to making it. I’ve been trying to decide what to bring to Easter brunch next weekend, remembered these and decided to make a test batch today. OH. MY. GOODNESS. Seriously, I had to take a few minutes to compose myself after eating one (okay, two–don’t judge me). These are so delicious and EASY to make, it’s ridiculous. The family is going to LOOOOOVE these babies! Shelly, thanks so much for sharing!

Lisa
Lisa

Yeast is so intimidating that I won’t even use nutritional yeast. (Srsly)

Diane Crammer
Diane Crammer

Can you use instant pudding as that is all I have on hand.

Haley
Haley

Diane – did the instant pudding work?

mäklare arvoden

Amazing content, My goal is to spend more time learning about this specific matter

Julie Dippold
Julie Dippold

These look so good. Can’t wait to make these. I could not find the golden vanilla cake mix. IS there another cake mix to try like French vanilla or plain white?

Crystal
Crystal

You totally crack me up! Hilarious! I promise making homemade cinnamon rolls is worth every bit of effort. Once I started making them I never popped open another can, ever!!!!!! Love your site, thanks for sharing!

Jess
Jess

I found this recipe on interest and made it this past weekend! Thank you for this most delicious concoction! It is amazing!!
We used Hershey’s white chocolate pudding packet, new brand out.
Thank you thank you thank you!!! It is so delicious I salivate thinking about it. Brought my leftovers to work (not really leftovers maybe more like control yourself and shareovers!) I gave the recipe out so wanted to thank you!!

Elayne Canterbury
Elayne Canterbury

Made these tonight for our Pinterest cooking club & they came out SO good ~ HUGE hit with everyone – thank you for the easy yummy recipe!

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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