I had a busy week and a potluck to bake for – fortunately, I found this recipe for Houdini Bars via Cakespy. These bars use a regular yellow cake mix for the crust. I love a good cheat! She described them as “birthday cake, cheesecake, and coconut cream pie” all rolled into one! Easy to make, and they disappear quickly!
- 1 package (18.25 oz) plain yellow cake mix
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 – 8 oz. bar of cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13-inch pan.
- Place the cake mix, butter, and one egg in a large mixing bowl and beat on low speed with an electric mixer until the ingredients are incorporated, about 1 minute. Press the batter into the bottom and partially up the sides of the baking pan and set the pan aside.
- Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, 30 seconds. Add the remaining 2 eggs, the vanilla extract and the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed until smooth and combined. Stir in the coconut. Pour mixture over the crust and smooth it out with a spatula. Sprinkle the nuts on top.
- Bake the bars until the edges are well browned and the center is firm to the touch, about 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer the baking pan to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
So what happens if ya don’t sift the confectioners sugar ?
Do your teeth explode ?
beat on low speed with an electric mixer until the ingredients are incorporated,
After the ingredients are incorporated, they’re eligible for a government bailout.
If you don’t sift the sugar, it’ll bake into razor sharp morsels and cut up your mouth like a weed whacker.