Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chocolate Butterfinger Bars, and fun ways to use a cake mix

Part of Jeff's anniversary gift was a bunch of small Butterfinger bars. They're his favorite candy bar of all time, and I usually throw in one of those $1 fun size packs when I give him a gift for whatever reason. We decided it would be neat to use them in a fun way, and since we recently bought a bunch of cake mixes that were super-duper on sale (69 cents a box!), we used an idea from 101 Things To Do With A Cake Mix (checked it out at the library) to create some delicious cookie bars.

Chocolate Butterfinger Bars
1 package German chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
4 fun-size Butterfinger bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan.

Mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil until powder is completely dissolved into dough (dough will be stiff).

Chop Butterfingers into tiny pieces, then mix into dough. Press the mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake 14-16 minutes.

The bars were nice and puffed up when I pulled them out of the oven, but deflated pretty flat after a few minutes. That's okay - they were still wonderfully fudgy and delicious!

They were also delicious served warm with ice cream.

This basic formula can be used with any cake mix and any additions, to make either bars or cookies: 1 cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup oil, plus 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups optional additions. For bars, press into greased 9x13 and bake at 350 for 14-16 minutes. For cookies, drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

You can make any number of delicious bars of cookies using this recipe, by changing the cake mix and the additions. Try yellow cake mix with chocolate chips, lemon cake mix to make lemon bars, white cake mix with 3/4 cup peanut butter added to make peanut butter bars or cookies, use your favorite cake mix and add your favorite candy bar chopped up, make cherry chip cookies by using cherry chip cake mix. The possibilities are endless, and the results delicious!


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Beth said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. These bars look yummy!

Sherri said...

My theory is doesn't matter how it LOOKS as long as it tastes good. Those sound delish!

Rebekah said...

these look yummy! i'll have to get my hands on that book!!!

Valerie said...

I love Butterfingers. Bet these are great!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Ooooo...delicious! And with the ice cream...even better! What a great idea!

Katy ~ said...

Butterfingers are among my favorites! I shall have to remember this one when I am next in a cookie mood (but then I am always in a cookie mood!!) Looks and sounds so tasty!

The Woodlands said...

SOSOSOSOSOSOOOOOO glad that you posted this! I made these with lemon Cake mix, and added coconut to them. They were gone in seconds after leaving the oven. Everyone here in San Diego is grateful for your generosity with this recipe!
Also, I have been following your blog for a bit, and I find the best/most helpful cooking and baking recipes here. Keep up the great work! You are very much appreciated.

Marisa said...

Mmmmmmmmmm. Butterfingers..... Need I say more?

Kaitlin said...

I love anything Butterfinger, and these look great!

Anonymous said...

That looks awesome!

Amanda from Faith, Food and Family said...

These look absolutely yummy!
God bless,

Molly Campbell said...

Yum! I used to make cake mix cookies out of the Funfetti fix - normally I'm not a fan of that cake, but for some reason it makes GREAT cookies!

Anonymous said...

These look awesome!! Im going to try them tonight. Thank you for posting. Usually i get scared looking at recipes cause they always seem difficult! This is easy and im super excited to try them!