It’s amazing how much fun Confetti and Sprinkles add to a party. You’ve thrown them around cheerfully and used them for decorating. Today, though, I’m using them both in my Cookie Cake Bars because well…I’m feeling a little festive! And also because … Sprinkles!
Confetti Sprinkled Cookie Cake Bars not only make everyone happy, they’re also a tasty snack to serve up. I love the texture combination these Cookie Cake Bars bring…from the chewy Cookie Cake base to the crunch of the Sprinkles sitting on top! It’s really a collision of two great desserts and there’s no resisting a Confetti Sprinkled treat!
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To make this really festive, I blended a variety of sprinkles. As you can see in the closeup image above, I mixed up Non Pareils, Jimmies, Sanding Sugars, Sequins, Heart Shaped Confetti and probably a few others I had on hand. It’s super easy and you can use whatever sprinkles you have on hand, with no need to get fancy or spend a lot of dough ;)! BUT… if you’re tired of grocery store bought sprinkles, take a look at the bottom of this post to find out where to splurge on cute sprinkles and up your baking game with them!
Sprinkled Cookie Cake Bar Tips
Once you’ve measured out the dry ingredients, you’ll want to stir in the sprinkles, like I’ve done in the photo below. In my head, doing this helps keep them from getting stuck to each other and gets them evenly distributed throughout the dough. Plus, it looks so pretty and makes me happy!!
This is how the dough should look once it’s all been mixed. Do not over mix it, otherwise, the colors will begin to bleed and tint the dough. When it’s mixed, transfer it into the prepared baking dish. Smooth it out with a spatula, back of a spoon or better yet, your fingertips.
Then bake and proceed with directions. When it’s finished baking, allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then transfer it out to a cooling rack. Here’s where you can go ahead and make your frosting.
Sprinkled Cookie Cake Bar Sizing
This recipe is simple and allows creativity. Make thick-ish, tall bars like in the photo below. Or bake in a bigger, wider pan for shorter bars. Bake them in a mini muffin pan to get bite sized portions! How fun would that be for a kids party…YUMMY!! Of course, the baking time would need to be adjusted accordingly so keep that in mind when deciding which route to bake them.
But seriously though, these will disappear at any get together. And if you have little ones, let them help make these. They’re sure to have fun because…what kid doesn’t love SPRINKLES?!!!
Creamy Sprinkled Frosting
The frosting is what pulls everything together in this recipe. It’s a cream cheese based frosting, hence creamy with a side of indulgence! The recipe makes quite a bit but don’t feel pressured to use it all. Remember, this is something you’re making for YOUR family and/or friends. So use as much or as little as you see fit. It’s not a do or die kinda thing 😉 so set the tone according to your preference. And should you so choose to, these Confetti Sprinkled Cookie Cake Bars taste amazing even without the frosting! But then again…FROSTING!
Sprinkled Cookie Cake Bars is a good choice when you can’t decide on having a cake or a cookie. Confetti Sprinkled Cookie Cake Bars will make any grown up feel like a kid again so don’t hesitate adding them to the menu next time you’re deciding what sweets to offer. They’re a crowd pleaser and are sure to have everyone singing your praises!
Confetti Sprinkled Cookie Cake Bars
- 1 box White Cake Mix
- 1 17.5 oz pkg Sugar Cookie Mix
- 13 tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
- 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup Assorted Sprinkles
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 stick Unsalted Butter, softened slightly
- 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 3 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Assorted Sprinkles for Topping
- 1 Pinch Salt
Preheat oven to 350 (F) degrees. Line baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine dry ingredients and sprinkles. Stir to combine well. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Add cooled melted butter and continue mixing until thoroughly combined.
Using a silicone spatula, add dry ingredients and mix quickly and carefully until dough forms. Do not over mix.
Transfer dough to lined baking pan, smooth top and bake* (see notes for time variations). Allow to cool 10-15 minutes in pan, then transfer with parchment paper to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add butter, pinch of salt and vanilla. Continue mixing until well combined.
Stop and scrape bowl. With mixer on lowest setting, begin adding sugar one cup at a time, scraping bowl after each addition. Turn mixer up to medium high and mix for approximately 2 minutes.
Spread frosting over cookie cake. Add sprinkles on top. Cut into bars/squares, cleaning knife with a clean damp towel between cuts**. Enjoy
- * Baking Variations: For thick (tall) bars like pictured in post, I used a square 8 x 8 baking pan and bake for approximately 50 minutes. For shorter/smaller bars, I used a 9 x 13 pan and baked for approximately 40 minutes. And...If using mini muffin pan for bite sized portions, bake for 15-17 minutes.
- **Cutting Bars: To get clean bars/squares, use a damp, warm towel to clean the knife between cuts.
I have a collection of sprinkles in my baking, cookie making cabinet that I’ve purchased from a number of places. There are a few that I find are a cut above the rest and for those of you wanting to “Up” your Sprinkle game, here are a few places to find them. I get most of them on Etsy, of course, no surprise there! Steel Penny Cakes on Etsy has a nice array of choices including the Sweetapolita brand, which I TOTALLY LOVE!!!! Her medley combinations are really to die for and if you are serious about Sprinkles, then I suggest you head over here to get your hands on them before Elysia runs out!
Now if you really want to get fantastic inspiration for using sprinkles on cakes, take a look at the Sweetapolita Bake Book as it’s loaded with not only her recipes but her Magical way of incorporating her sprinkles into her creations! It’s truly a work of art and Rosie has managed to give us a glimpse into her sugary, sweet mind! Here’s the link to this spectacular book!
Another great shop to find Gorgeous Sprinkles is The Bakers Confections, again on Etsy. This is a shop I visit frequently for baking supplies, whether it’s for an order I’m working on or just for fun. You can find her shop here but be prepared to get lost in it for a little while!
And because I’m a Texas Girl, I’m listing another wonderful shop, Texas Sprinkles (yes, on Etsy)! There is so many sprinkle blends in this shop, I kid you not! This Sprinkle Blend is called Neopolitan and if you look closely, you’ll see Ice Cream shaped sprinkles! How stinking cute!! So y’all need to head over to their shop here and take a gander at what’s currently in stock…you won’t be disappointed!