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: tips-gardening.com
You will need:
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
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp cinnamon
8oz. package of (softened) cream cheese
3/4 cup of sifted confectioners sugar
1/2 Heavy whipping cream
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.|