Valentine’s Funfetti 7 Layer Bars

What is a holiday without some festive Funfetti recipes? A holiday lacking a whole lot of fun, that’s what. So I took it upon myself to make sure you got your dose of Funfetti this Valentine’s Day with a 7-layer bar. I really enjoying making these bars, because it’s an easy way to use up things in the pantry leftover from a previous baking expedition. Such as cherry baking chips. And typical for 7-layer bars, these will disappear as magically as they appeared.

While we are on the subject of disappearing acts, I’ve learned something about portion sizes and their relation to how quickly they will get eaten. Take these bars for example. When I first brought them into work I had them sliced into 24 bars, but my labmates cut them into fourths in an effort to feel less guilty about eating such a decadent treat. Of course they were neglecting to notice that instead of eating one or two fourths of a whole bar, they were eating 6ish = 1.5 bars. If they had just eaten the bar as I had cut it originally, they would have actually consumed less of it! Yet somehow the guilt factor is different. The moral of the story? Ignorance is bliss (and now I know how to deceive them O:-) ).

Valentine Funfetti 7 Layr Bars

One year ago: Sausage Lasagna Heart Calzone

Two years ago: Oreo Truffles

VALENTINE’S FUNFETTI 7 LAYER BARS

Makes 24 bars

Ingredients:

1 box Valentine’s Funfetti cake mix

1 egg

1/2 cup melted unsalted butter

3/4 cup miniature marshmallows

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup cherry baking chips

1 cup chopped Oreos (preferably with red filling)

3/4 cup chopped Cookies ‘n’ Creme candy bars

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

3 Tbsp sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper, extending edges over the sides of the pan. Mist lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and melted butter until a soft dough forms. Press into prepared pan in an even layer, and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and immediately top with the marshmallows, white chips, cherry chips, chopped Oreos and chopped candy bars evenly. Drizzle the can of milk on top and then distribute the sprinkles evenly over the top.
  4. Return to the oven and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden. Allow to cool to room temperature before cutting into bars. Store airtight, at room temperature, for several days.

Source: Adapted from The Domestic Rebel.

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