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Funfetti Cookie Fudge Bars

I love marrying desserts and today is a super special wedding! Funfetti Cookies and Fudge are now married into one treat: a Funfetti Cookie Fudge Bar!

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So, February is kind of a ridiculous month around our house. It’s the shortest month, and Valentine’s Day is right smack dab in the middle. But that’s not all.

My mom’s birthday was last Saturday. Jordan’s birthday is Wednesday. And it’s my Mother-in-law’s birthday month too!

{Why does that always happen in families; the birthday groupings? It’s like you’re attracted to partners whose parents all had really good months several years back, am I right?}

I posted turtles for my mom’s birthday (they’re her favorite) and if you know anything about Jordan you’ll know what’s coming over the next few days. (I’m not telling, come back Tuesday and Wednesday to find out!)

My MIL? Loves fudge. She really, really loves it. I have so much fun every holiday making her new flavors, although she’s told me that I can no longer bring her a whole batch, just a few pieces or she’ll eat it all.

Better her than me, ha. {Kidding!}

I wasn’t able to celebrate her birthday with her this year since I was out of town, but Jordan and Mel went up to visit and took along a box of these Funfetti Cookie Fudge Bars to celebrate. They’re my new favorite food baby!

Last week I made Oreo Truffle Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars and today I’m combining funfetti cookies and fudge.

Sometimes I really, really make myself happy.

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I think I’m addicted to funfetti. Is that a thing? I think as I get older my tastebuds get younger. Give me the taste of funfetti birthday cake any day, and I’ll be a happy girl.

The bar cookie base for these fudge bars is made of a from-scratch funfetti cookie. As much as I love cake mix, I love creating funfetti flavor without it. You just need sprinkles and one little secret ingredient: butter extract. Just a little bit added into the batter gives a distinct cake flavor to pretty much anything. Throw in some sprinkles and you’ve got funfetti.

Once the bars cool, you make some fudge for the top. You can do really any flavor you want, but I went with chocolate because I love chocolate frosting on yellow cake. I think the flavors go really well together.

I used an easy fudge recipe, which is pretty much the basis of all my fudges. Chocolate chips + sweetened condensed milk = Fudge. I made a half batch for these bars because the fudge would have been too thick had I not.

Add some sprinkles on top and you have the perfect birthday cookie cake for anyone who loves fudge, cookies, cake, or sprinkles.

And I think that pretty much covers the entire population. Except maybe my husband. (Seriously, how did he come from his mom?)

These were really addicting. I dare you to stop eating at one piece.

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My MIL loved them, and I hope you do too!

Happy {belated} birthday Lorna! xoxo

Funfetti Cookie Fudge Bars

Yield: 36 squares

Funfetti Cookie Fudge Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles, plus more for the top
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 can fat-free sweetened condensed milk, about 5 ounces (just over 1/2 cup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x9” pan with cooking spray or line with foil and spray for easy removal and clean-up.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with a hand or a stand mixer. Mix in egg, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and butter extract. Add baking soda, salt, cream of tartar and mix until combined. Slowly mix in flour and beat until smooth. Be careful not to over mix. Stir in 1/3 cup sprinkles.
  3. Press batter into prepared pan. If it’s too sticky to handle, spray your hands with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for about 17-22 minutes until the top just starts to get golden brown. (My bars to 18 minutes.) Cool completely before continuing.
  5. Once bars are cool, add chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk to a medium saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Quickly pour and spread over cooled cookie bars. Quickly sprinkle more sprinkles on top and press lightly to adhere them to the surface. Let come to room temperature, then chill until set. Cut into squares.
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40 Responses to “Funfetti Cookie Fudge Bars”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:16 am (#)

    Dorothy they’re the best of all worlds! The fudge, cake, FUNFETTI. Your squares are so perfectly cut. Love these!! Happy bday to your mama!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 16th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you so much Averie!

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  2. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:21 am (#)

    These bars look sooo delicious, They are the est of both worlds!

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  3. Leslie posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:25 am (#)

    Wow, you guys have a lot of born days in February. It sounds the same over here too though. I feel like I’m constantly looking for birthday gifts in February haha. Anyhoo, these look amazing! I love anything funfetti, I’m kind of a sucker. Happy Sunday!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 16th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      I’m ready for February to be over, lol. Thanks Leslie!

      Reply

  4. Tieghan Gerard posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:50 am (#)

    These are so fun and amazing. Perfect for any occasion and I fudge + cookies? I mean come on! Not sure it can get better!

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  5. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on February 16, 2014 at 6:28 am (#)

    These look absolutely delicious! Cookies, Sprinkles, and Fudge I would take a marriage like that any day!

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  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on February 16, 2014 at 6:45 am (#)

    Funfetti covered in fudge? I see nothing wrong here.

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  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on February 16, 2014 at 6:52 am (#)

    What an absolutely fun food baby!!! Girl, you can make me a pan of these any day of the week! Love it!!!

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  8. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on February 16, 2014 at 10:33 am (#)

    Oh. My. Heavens! These just look so F-U-N!!! They are SO pretty and delicious looking!!

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  9. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on February 16, 2014 at 11:33 am (#)

    Fudge on top of cookies? Woah. These are fabulous! And butter extract is magical, right? Happy birthday to your mom, mil, and Jordan!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 16th, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! And it’s SO magical. :)

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  10. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on February 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm (#)

    You’re the cupid of desserts!!! Another match made in food heaven :P

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  11. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on February 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm (#)

    So Steve just looked over at my computer screen and asked “Why don’t you make me treats like that?” Really?! Maybe it’s b/c of comments like that? These are seriously Beautiful Dorothy! You have my husband roving eyes. Ha Ha Ha Ha!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 16th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      LOL! That’s too funny. Give him a dirty look for me, but tell him thanks. :)

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  12. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on February 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm (#)

    Dorothy, nothing screams celebration more than funfetti. These look amazing. Pinned!

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  13. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on February 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh, that’s a lot of birthdays! I think I would make myself a batch of these cookie bars just to get through it!

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  14. Mary Frances posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:03 pm (#)

    It is so true! So many families we know all have birthdays within a couple weeks of each other. It is the month of August in our family – we’ve got five in three weeks. But we all love sprinkles, so it’s all good! ;) This is genius – cookie dough and fudge and sprinkles all in one desserts. Seriously delicious!

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  15. Ashton posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm (#)

    I can speak from experience… THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!!

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  16. Susan @ flavors by four posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm (#)

    We have the same thing with birthdays in March. It’s one party after another.

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  17. Amy posted on February 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm (#)

    You outdid yourself once again Dorothy! They looks so bright and cheerful, and your MIL must have really appreciated a batch of these for her birthday. Homemade treats make birthdays 100x better!

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  18. Laurie F. posted on February 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm (#)

    My mom, a sister and brother have birthdays the same week, in July, and my dad and other sister have birthdays within 3 days of each other. Weird, huh? Hey, those bars are soooo pretty! Kids (and a lot of us grown-ups, too) would go nuts for those!

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  19. Emily @ Life on Food posted on February 17, 2014 at 3:06 am (#)

    A celebration months are so fun! These look amazing! Funfetti is a favorite around here. Sometimes I have the hardest time deciding what dessert I want, marrying two together is the perfect compromise.

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  20. Joshua Hampton posted on February 17, 2014 at 6:46 am (#)

    Amazing, as always. I don’t think I’ll be able to stop at just one piece of these fudge bars.

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  21. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on February 17, 2014 at 8:39 am (#)

    Funfetti, Cookie and Fudge in one place? You speak directly to my heart!

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  22. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on February 17, 2014 at 10:44 am (#)

    These are so gorgeous and fun Dorothy!

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  23. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted on February 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm (#)

    I am pretty sure my taste buds are doing the same – growing younger as I’m getting older :). I have been on a funfetti kick myself and am loving it! Needless to say, these bars have my name written all over them. Fabulous!

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  24. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on February 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm (#)

    These bars are so much fun, I love it!! So pretty <3

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  25. Liz @ TIp Top Shape posted on February 17, 2014 at 6:24 pm (#)

    And what a happy marriage this will be!!!! Oh my word, this looks DELICIOUS!!

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  26. Melissa posted on February 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm (#)

    Your February sounds like my families September :) Beautiful, beautiful desserts. I love the idea of two desserts “marrying” each other; I like funfetti more now as an adult than when I was a kid. Go figure.

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  27. Lauren @ Jesus and a Side of Peanut Butter posted on February 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness! These look scrumptious. And so fun– I’ll have to make these for my roommates, they will LOVE them! Thanks, Dorothy!

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  28. Kristyn posted on February 18, 2014 at 4:39 am (#)

    These look awesome! Cannot wait to give it a try. :)

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  29. Kelly posted on February 18, 2014 at 5:57 am (#)

    These fudge bars look amazing Dorothy! Perfect for celebrating birthdays – October is that month for me. Love funfetti, fudge and cookies so marrying these all together is simply perfect!

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  31. Kayla posted on February 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm (#)

    This looks delicious, not to mention pretty easy to make! I love funfetti things! I don’t know why, but sprinkles in batter remind me of childhood :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 18th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Yes!! I think that’s why I love them so much. :)

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  32. Beth @ bethcakes posted on February 21, 2014 at 6:50 am (#)

    I am totally addicted to funfetti. It’s definitely a thing. I love this “food baby” as you called it, haha. Cookies and fudge need to be together more often. Love these! :)

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