Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

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

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.jpgLiterally 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


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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105 Responses
    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who wants this. I know boxed mixes are helpful for some people and they do make things a bit quicker/easier I guess, but I prefer to make things from scratch. The time I might save from not having to mix up 3 ingredients on my own does not cover for the fact that I’m also putting in loads of preservatives and artificial additives I’d rather not have.

      I found this as a sub for the boxed cake mix, but it’s yellow, not vanilla. But I feel it would be just the same in this recipe.

      2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 1/2 cups sugar
      1 tablespoon baking powder
      1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract

      Let me know if it works for you or if you try it!

  1. My son will absolutely LOVE these! He loves cinnamon, actually he uses that same cinnamon and sugar grinder you were using from Trader Joes (love TJ’s btw) on his toast, strawberries and cereal! Yum!

  2. Connie R.

    Looks great but what type of vanilla pudding, instant or cook and serve? Probably instant but It makes a difference. Thanks.

  3. haha, you are too funny! I’m with you though – I’ve yet to make homemade cinnamon rolls. The idea of all the yeast waiting hasn’t appealed enough yet. Waiting for cookies though? Totally! Lol. These bars look awesome and sound super tasty!

  4. Stephanie @ Back for Seconds

    You sure showed yeast! Wow, these look killer! I am kind of obsessed with cinnamon rolls and these are giving me big time cravings. I will be making these for sure. Pinning! 🙂

  5. I just made these to take to work for team snack. I snuck a taste to make sure they weren’t poisonous….HOLY COW, these are amazing!!! I subbed dark brown sugar and browned my butter before adding it both to the cookie batter and cream cheese. These really are so delicious! Thanks for a creative spin on dessert for breakfast.

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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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