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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.
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 76,000 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.
Let’s just say I was so happy with how these turned out, and I think you will, too. They’re only 4 ingredients.
And that’s all! Mix them up, bake them for about 18 minutes and you have an awesome bar cookie in less than 30 minutes.
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.
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.
I have them baking in the oven as we speak! Can’t wait to try them! I was looking for an easy recipe to make with my carrot cake mix instead of a regular cake. Boy when you say thick it’s thick!
Hello! Could I take the recipe for the cream cheese swirl from your other carrot cake bar recipe and use it in this recipe the same way? Thanks.
I had a box of carrot cake mix and wanted to try something different and found your recipe. They are delicious and so easy to make! Also made the cream cheese frosting and sprinkled the toasted walnuts over the frosting. I think the next time I’ll try spice cake mix. Thank you for the recipe.