Carrot Cake Bars

These 4 ingredient Carrot Cake Bars are made from a cake mix! They’re good enough without frosting, but for a special treat top them with cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake Bars I Tastes of Lizzy T I

I’m a little addicted to baking with boxed mixes.  Ever since I found this recipe for brownie cookies (Seriously, people…you’ve pinned this over 46,000 times.  Definitely our most-pinned recipe ever!), I’ve been dreaming of what more I can do with a brownie mix or cake mix.  If cream cheese, butter and and egg made those cookies so dreamy and soft, what would those ingredients do with a cake mix?

With Easter just around the corner, I knew I wanted to try a carrot cake bar.  I made one recipe from scratch and while it was good, it was not exactly easy.  I decided a carrot cake bar using Betty Crocker’s carrot cake was in my future.

Carrot Cake Bars I Tastes of Lizzy T I

Let’s just say I was so happy with how these turned out, and I think you will, too. They’re only 4 ingredients.

1. Cake mix

2. 1 egg

3. 1/2 stick of softened butter

4. 1/2 block or 4 ounces of softened cream cheese

And that’s all! Mix them up, bake them for 14 minutes and you have an awesome bar cookie in less than 20 minutes.

Carrot Cake Bars I Tastes of Lizzy T I

I ended up making two pans of these bars. Thankfully they make just a small pan, 8×8 size, which is just right for our family of 5. The first bars turned out perfectly but I completely forgot to write down how long I baked them.  Tragedy, right?  We had to eat the first batch of bars and then make them again to get the timing just right for you. I know…it’s a rough job!  The first pan of carrot cake bars didn’t even make it to getting the frosting spread on top. They’re such a simple bar with a soft, dense cookie texture that frosting really isn’t even necessary.

Carrot Cake Bars I Tastes of Lizzy T I

Not necessary, but….If you are like us and love cream cheese frosting, spread some on these bars for a decadent treat.  Feel free to use store-bought frosting to make things easier, but we love our homemade cream cheese frosting.  It’s definitely worth the extra 10 minutes of prep time.

Carrot Cake Bars I Tastes of Lizzy T I

Thanks for visiting!

-Julie

Carrot Cake Bars

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 16 Bars

Carrot Cake Bars

These 4 ingredient Carrot Cake Bars are made from a cake mix! They're good enough without frosting, but for a special treat top them with cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker carrot cake cake mix (15.25 oz)
  • 4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • Frosting:
  • 4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together the dry cake mix, cream cheese, egg and butter until completely mixed. The dough will be very thick.

Press the dough into a greased 8x8 baking pan. Bake for 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cool.

For the frosting: Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture is light and fluffy. This will take about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar, 1/2 a cup at at time, until it is thoroughly mixed. Add the vanilla and beat the frosting on medium speed for about 3 minutes.

Frost the carrot cake bars with the frosting and top with the chopped walnuts.

Notes

We baked our bars for 14 minutes exactly and thought the texture was perfect. If you want them just a bit "cakier", let them bake an additional 1-2 minutes.

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18 Responses to Carrot Cake Bars

  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    These sound soooo good!

  2. Mmmm these sound awesome. Love that it uses cake mix. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  3. Oh wow! These look amazing! I’ll definitely have to try these. Pinning :)

  4. angie says:

    oh so yummy
    come see me angie at annies home ( http://shopannies.blogspot.com )

  5. Erlene says:

    Love the idea of carrot cake bars…genius and so simple. Would love for you to link up at the Friday Pin Fest link up.

  6. Diane Ugo says:

    Hi there, I saw these over at the Pinworthy Projects Link Party, looks delicious.

  7. Erlene says:

    Sorry my linky party inlinkz was broken…it’s fixed now.

  8. Audra says:

    These sound delicious! I adore carrot cake anything, and this recipe is a sure winner :) Thank you for linking up to Moonlight and Mason Jars, pinning <3

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  10. Norma Wires says:

    Made these carrot cake bars this past weekend! They were great! and we all know who enjoyed them the most, right Julie?!!!

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