Monday, June 23, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Bars

I have been on a real cinnamon roll kick lately. I don't know what has prompted it, but I cannot seem to get enough of them. These bars are everything you could ever want in a cinnamon, in a more portable form.

The bars themselves are packed full of cinnamon and brown sugar (is there anything better?!). The pudding mix and cake mix add creaminess to the warm cinnamon flavor. I am not a huge fan of cream cheese frosting, but I think this icing is fabulous. It is more of a whipped texture, which is similar to Cinnabon's.

The cinnamon drizzle is the defining element to these bars. It is best, with fresh brown sugar with no lumps. Together, these elements make a cohesive dynamite dessert. They so good, you will not be able to stop at one. These bars are not the most "diet-friendly" treat (with 2 1/2 sticks of butter and 1/2 cup whipping cream), but everyone deserves to splurge every once in a while!

Bar Recipe adapted from: Cookies and Cups
Frosting Recipe adapted from: Not So Humble Pie
Cinnamon glaze Recipe adapted from:

You will need: 

For Bars: 
1 (15.25 oz) box White Cake Mix
1 (4 serving) box Vanilla Instant Pudding3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp cinnamon

For Frosting:
8oz. package of (softened) cream cheese
3/4 cup of sifted confectioners sugar
1/2 Heavy whipping cream  

For Cinnamon Glaze: 
1/2 cup of butter
3/4 cup of light brown sugar
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 inch
pan or line with non-stick foil
Whisk together: cake mix, pudding mix, cinnamon,
and brown sugar.
Add melted butter, vanilla extract and water.
Add eggs one at a time.
Spread evenly in pan, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Allow to cool in pan before frosting
Sift sugar and combine with cream cheese
In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream until
 stiff peaks just begin to form (don't over-mix)
Stir in vanilla, and spread onto cooled bars.
Melt butter and stir in brown sugar

Stir in cinnamon
Put glaze in a piping bag, and cut a small tip.

Drizzle onto bars


Shannon A. said...

Oooh these look delicious! I love cinnamon rolls too, but they are so much work. I cannot wait to try this recipe

Katie said...

So excited to make these. Will definitely do it this weekend.

Tiffany said...

I wish I had these right now! They look so good.

Mary said...

I used to make some bars were similar to these, but these look way better. I love the cinnamon drizzle.

Emily said...

I love cream cheese and cinnamon together. These look divine. I'm going to have to make them this weekend.