Monday, September 17, 2012

Cooking with Children :: Lynn's Cookie Bars

This morning, my youngest wanted to bake a treat for him and his brother to enjoy throughout the afternoon. I was pretty busy helping my eldest with school work and working on a few of my own projects, but, never one to stifle a want-to, I caved.

He found a cake mix and was already pulling items needed to make butter cream icing, when I remembered a very easy and most appetizing recipe ~ Lynn's Cookie Bars. Besides being absolutely delicious, this recipe is simple and requires very little adult supervision (with the exception of cooking the bars).

I pulled out the recipe card from my files and off he went! If you'd like to make these too, here's what you'll need:

1 box cake mix (any kind will work)
1 stick of butter, melted (I didn't say these were healthy, just easy!)
1 egg
about 2 Tbsp. water (maybe a little more if too thick)
and any goodies you would like to add (nuts, chocolate chips, etc)

First, open the cake mix and pour it into a medium sized bowl. Add the egg, the melted butter, and the water. Mix until it is all combined. If the mix is too thick add about 1/2 tsp more of water and mix again.

Choose whichever goodies you'd like to add into your bars. My youngest choose chocolate chips which complimented his vanilla cake mix quite well. Mix again.

Prep a baking dish with cooking spray and then evenly distribute the cookie bar mixture across the pan. Cook at 350 degrees for approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Allow them to cool, then cut into bars. Serve.

My youngest thought this was a great recipe. I thought it was great because of the minimal clean-up and time to "make" something.

I've made Lynn's Cookie Bars in the past for bake sales, pot lucks, and Christmas snacks, but they are fantastic anytime. Enjoy!

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