It’s super simple, fabulously rich, and utterly delicious. The cake mix box says close to 30 minutes – ? Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. All Rights Reserved. My Nana used to always make her cake in a 9×13 baking dish. So, if you prefer, you can absolutely turn these bars into a layered cake. I think the next time I’ll try spice cake mix. Best carrot cake bars ever! Going to try these for Halloween any suggestions on how to decorate each bar? in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes. Yes ma’am. Pinning , oh so yummy Combine #1 ingredients. Thank you for the recipe. This will take about 5 minutes. She always used oil but I feel confident she would approve of the applesauce . What happened.. Are you sure about the 14 minute cook time? Also made the cream cheese frosting and sprinkled the toasted walnuts over the frosting. Would love for you to link up at the Friday Pin Fest link up. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Made these for Easter & everyone loved them! If you want them just a bit "cakier" or if your bars seem too "raw" for your liking, let them bake an additional 3-4 minutes. Tasty and delightful! The first pan of carrot cake bars didn’t even make it to getting the frosting spread on top. They are delicious and so easy to make! 1/2 block or 4 ounces of softened cream cheese. Love that it uses cake mix. i will say they weren’t fun to cut into squares, because they were SO fresh. Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are as easy as 1-2-3 and disappear just that quickly! I made them into cookie sandwiches today… I formed balls then flattened them and once they were cool used that cream cheese icing as filler ???? I decided a carrot cake bar using Betty Crocker’s carrot cake was in my future. I added a light glaze that I had leftover from another recipe, and they were great. So glad you enjoyed it too! Feel free to use store-bought frosting to make things easier, but we love our homemade cream cheese frosting. I ended up making two pans of these bars. Dinners, desserts, and everything in between! We use only all-natural ingredients resulting in great-tasting products you can savor and trust. It looks good and everyone says it’s a nice texture on top. The directions for baking are just a little bit different. Sorry my linky party inlinkz was broken…it’s fixed now. I am making them again today for a marching band bake sale tomorrow. When you don’t want to mess around with a layered cake but you’re craving carrot cake – make these bars instead! If cream cheese, butter and and egg made those cookies so dreamy and soft, what would those ingredients do with a cake mix? Will be adding this recipe to a frequently made section of my recipe file! If I can manage, I will try to pipe a little carrot on top of each one. wanted to take them to a picnic without worrying about the pan and server. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until nice and smooth. These would be good with a spice cake mix too. But I didn’t want to make a cake (I’ve been feeling lazy), so I made bars instead. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Hello! It’s definitely worth the extra 10 minutes of prep time. Press the dough into a greased 8x8 baking pan. Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cool. Ever since I found this recipe for brownie cookies (Seriously, people…you’ve pinned this over 76,000 times. The first bars turned out perfectly but I completely forgot to write down how long I baked them. Pour into a lightly greased or parchment lined. My boys think I’m extra-special when I do stuff like this. I have two 10x15 jelly roll pans and one fits inside the other so I know they are not all made the same size. I didn’t have a cake pan on hand so I made them in muffin pans and they were awesome! Definitely our most-pinned recipe ever! I had a box of carrot cake mix and wanted to try something different and found your recipe. Hi These sound delicious! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday. Your email address will not be published. They’re good enough without frosting, but for a special treat top them with cream cheese frosting. Thank you for the recipe! This cream cheese frosting that I used on these bars is my favorite. Frost the carrot cake bars with the frosting and top with the chopped walnuts. For even more great ideas follow me on Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram – Twitter – Bloglovin’. I have them baking in the oven as we speak! Your email address will not be published. Got asked multiple times for the recipe, & my dad even snuck some extras out the house when he left ? Dumb question though, where do you store them? Spread on top of the cooled cake bars and serve. We had to eat the first batch of bars and then make them again to get the timing just right for you. These 4 ingredient Carrot Cake Bars are made from a cake mix! Tragedy, right? You can make it as cupcakes but you need to use parchment liners because they will stick otherwise. they are yummy soft cookie sandwiches… Now to make sure there are some left for when my SO gets home lol. Drain and squeeze out excess water. Remove from heat. Yes! Any highlighted, clickable Amazon link you see is an affiliate link. I was looking for an easy recipe to make with my carrot cake mix instead of a regular cake. Pour in the melted brown sugar, butter mixture and stir until well mixed. These 4 ingredient Carrot Cake Bars are made from a cake mix! When you are pouring the batter into the pan, if it looks like it's going to be a little too much, just put some of the batter aside and make a cupcake or two. So much easier with all the amazing flavor. Welcome to Mom On Timeout where I’m serving up real food for real families! Mix them up, bake them for about 18 minutes and you have an awesome bar cookie in less than 30 minutes. Start checking at 22 minutes for the cupcakes. I’m a little addicted to baking with boxed mixes. We packed shredded carrots, California raisins, and roasted pumpkin seeds into our nut-free Carrot Cake Baked Chewy Bars for a sweet and spicy snack that’s both wholesome AND delicious. For all salad recipes, go HERE. Hi there, I saw these over at the Pinworthy Projects Link Party, looks delicious.