Cotton Candy Bars

February 7, 2014Teresa

Oh, my goodness Cotton Candy Bars are absolutely amazing! I saw pictures of this amazingly sweet dessert bar months ago and began drooling immediately! I finally went out to the store and got the ingredients and decided to give this recipe a try. S-E-N-S-A-T-I-O-N-A-L is all I can say.

But let me preface that by adding that these cookies are SOOOOOO sweet and rich that you will probably have to cut them in much smaller pieces than I did. I mean, they are sinfully rich! Decadent! Gluttonous! Well, you get what I mean.

Cotton Candy Bars start with a funfetti/confetti cake mix and you add white chocolate chips to the batter. Then you mix a cotton candy starter flavoring with vanilla buttercream frosting and add that with handfuls of sprinkles and you get the idea. These Cotton Candy Bars are Sweet with a capital “S!”

I made these luscious dessert bars for our Super Bowl party last Sunday. Yum. Actually, I made them in advance of the party so I had one on Saturday with Greek Salad Wraps (so much for a healthy meal) as well as having a couple more on Super Bowl Day along with all the other JUNK I ate that day. What can I say? It was my splurge day and boy did I ever splurge.

I followed the recipe except that my bars took almost twice as long to bake as the original directions said to bake the bars. Mine were still like cake batter after 15 minutes so you may want to keep an eye on the time when you’re baking these bars as your oven may bake more quickly than mine. They shouldn’t be overbaked, but they don’t need to be goopy either.

If you’re looking for a super-sweet dessert that’s really easy to make because it starts with a boxed cake mix and canned frosting, then give Cotton Candy Bars a try soon. They’re great for tailgating parties especially if you like frosting all over your fingers. 🙂 Truly, you can take these dessert bars anywhere and you’ll have takers. They are incredibly yummy.

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Cotton Candy Bars are extremely rich and gooey.

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This dessert bar is a winner. Your company will love having Cotton Candy Bars dissolve in their mouths as they eat them!

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Cotton Candy Bars are relatively quick and easy to make since they start with a boxed cake mix and canned frosting.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Put cake mix, oil, eggs and one packet cotton candy starter in a mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

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Stir white chocolate chips into the batter.

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Spray a 9×13″ glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread cotton candy batter into the prepared pan. Smooth the top a little.

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Bake at 350 for approximately 25 minutes. The original recipe says 14-16 minutes but mine was still like cake batter at that point so I baked this an additional 10 minutes. It was perfect. Cool completely and the cookies will continue baking and setting up in the dish as it cools.

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Sprinkle another packet of cotton candy flavoring into the can of frosting starter and stir well to combine.

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Spread frosting over top of bars. Then sprinkle generously with sprinkles. Any kind will do. Refrigerate about an hour for the frosting to set up before cutting into bars.

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My white chocolate chips were so sweet. They made these bars extremely rich. Cotton Candy Bars were a great treat for the Super Bowl.

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Cotton Candy Bars are great for tailgating parties but especially for baby showers because of the coloring.

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I cut the bars 4×5 or into 20 pieces, but they were really large for so sweet a dessert. You may want to cut these smaller.

 

Here’s the recipe.

COTTON CANDY BARS

(Recipe adapted from The Domestic Rebel)

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Rich, decadent dessert bar with the wonderful carnival taste of cotton candy. Bars are frosted with cotton candy frosting and sprinkled with sprinkles. This dessert bar is extremely sweet. Terrific for tailgating parties, potlucks, baby showers or Valentine's Day.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly spray a 9x13” baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix cake mix, eggs, oil, and one packet of the cotton candy mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
  4. Stir in the white chocolate chips.
  5. Spread mixture into prepared pan and smooth the top.
  6. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.
  7. Do NOT overbake but the mixture shouldn't be totally gooey either.
  8. Allow pan to cool completely before frosting.
  9. Stir the remaining flavor packet into the can of icing.
  10. Spread icing evenly onto the cooled bars and sprinkle generously with sprinkles.
  11. Refrigerate about an hour to set the icing before cutting.
  12. Cut into bars and serve.
Recipe Notes
NOTE: The original recipe calls to bake this for 14-16 minutes. Mine was still gooey with batter at that point, so I baked it longer.
Recipe adapted from The Domestic Rebel.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Cotton Candy Bars[/b]
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://thedomesticrebel.com/?s=cotton+candy+bars” target=”_blank” title=”cotton candy bars”]The Domestic Rebel[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 20
Rich, decadent dessert bar with a wonderful carnival taste of cotton candy. Bars are frosted with cotton candy frosting and sprinkled with sprinkles. This dessert bar is extremely sweet.
Ingredients
  • 1 box Pillsbury funfetti cake mix or Duncan Hines confetti cake mix
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pkts. Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Recipe Creations Flavor Mix
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 can Duncan Hines frosting starter kit (sold next to the flavor mixes)
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly spray a 9×13” baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix cake mix, eggs, oil, and one packet of the cotton candy mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
  4. Stir in the white chocolate chips.
  5. Spread mixture into prepared pan and smooth the top.
  6. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.
  7. Do NOT overbake but the mixture shouldn’t be totally gooey either.
  8. Allow pan to cool completely before frosting.
  9. Stir the remaining flavor packet into the can of icing.
  10. Spread icing evenly onto the cooled bars and sprinkle generously with sprinkles.
  11. Refrigerate about an hour to set the icing before cutting.
  12. Cut into bars and serve.
Notes
The original recipe calls to bake this for 14-16 minutes. Mine was still gooey with batter at that point, so I baked it longer.

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Cotton Candy Bars are so scrumptious. Your mouth will be watering as you inhale the sweet aroma from these amazing dessert bars.

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Cotton Candy Bars are also great to prepare for birthday parties, office coworkers, and just because you’re in the mood for something sweet.

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Are you drooling yet?

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