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Last Day Of School Treats

School’s….Out….For….Summer! (for all you Alice Cooper fans) and my kids can hardly wait.  I wanted to make a few treats to reward them for a job well done.  And since I’m definitely more of a cook than a baker, I tend to look for simple recipes.  These desserts are so ridiculously easy I’m laughing as I write.  But my kids will testify they are some of their favs!

And my daughter wanted to call these birthday cake bars because we sent some down to our friends for her daughters b-day.  You can call them whatever you like.

Make these. Make your kids happy.  Welcome to Summer!

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of marshmallows
  • 2/3  cup funfetti cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared into a batter)
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles of your choice

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Directions:

Spray a 11×7 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.  In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly. Once the marshmallows are completely melted, stir in the dry cake mix. Remove pan from heat.
Stir in the cereal until it is completely coated with the marshmallow mixture. Mix in half of the sprinkles. Press into prepared baking pan and top with the remaining sprinkles.
Chill for at least 30 minutes and cut into squares.

Birthday Cake Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 recipe vanilla frosting, recipe follows

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 13″ x 9″ baking dish, set aside.

In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy about 3-4 minutes. Stir in egg and egg white. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until blended. Slowly add dry mixture and stir until well combined.

With buttered hands, gently press mixture into buttered baking dish. Bake 15-18 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and edges are lightly golden. Cool completely, then frost and cut into squares.

Vanilla Frosting:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Several drops food coloring (optional)

In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, whip together butter and powdered sugar and half and half until fluffy. Stir in vanilla and salt. Add in optional food coloring and mix until well blended.

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