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Malted Gooey Cake Bars are an Easter Cookie Bar made with cake mix, Ovaltine and Whoppers or Robins Eggs. These are easy to make and super gooey – perfect for Easter.

gooey bars with chocolate candies baked in.


If you’re like me and could eat a whole bag of Robin Eggs in one sitting, then you are going to LOVE these Easter cookie bars. They are filled with Robin Eggs and malted flavor, giving you a classic taste from when you were a kid. This is the perfect easy Easter dessert recipe you must try! 

These Easter cookie bars bake up with the texture of a bar but they taste like a malted cake with a gooey center. I have a lot of versions for gooey bar recipes but I think this may be my favorite one so far. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • These make a fantastic Easter treat! The mini egg cookie bars are colorful and so festive for Easter, everyone will love them!
  • You are sure to enjoy the gooey texture that comes from the sweetened condensed milk. That’s the magic added in between this multi-layered dessert. 
  • You can swap Whoppers for those times you want gooey bars when it’s not Easter!
  • The mini egg cake bar is a basic yellow cake mix that’s been jazzed up with some Ovaltine (malted milk powder). I’m sure there are other brands, but Ovaltine is what I grew up on and still use. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Yellow cake mix: you can use any cake flavor you like
  • Malted milk powder: you can use any brand but I love Ovaltine
  • Sweetened condensed milk: for the extra gooey texture in the center of the bars
  • Robin Eggs candy: or malted milk balls, lightly crushed

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a metal 9×9-inch pan with parchment paper and spray liberally with cooking spray so that the bars don’t stick.
  • Add cake mix, butter, egg, milk, and Ovaltine to the bowl of an electric mixer then mix until a thick dough forms. 
  • Press half of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Stir the Ovaltine into the sweetened condensed milk and pour over the top of the base. Sprinkle a cup of crushed malted candy over the top.
  • Separate the remaining dough into small balls and evenly space them over the top of the magic bars. Press down to flatten. Sprinkle with the remaining malted candy and press lightly to stick.
  • Bake the chocolate cookie bars for about 25-30 minutes, or until they just begin to brown. Let the cookie bars cool completely before slicing, otherwise, the mixture will be too gooey to cut. 
gooey bars with chocolate candies baked in.

Expert Tips

  • To make your Easter cookie bars more chocolatey, sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on the dough before baking.
  • Chill them before slicing so they’ll slice easily.
  • Swap Whoppers if you can’t find the Robins Eggs.

FAQs

Why should I use a metal pan to bake these?

Using a metal pan helps bake the cookie dough better. 

Can I use another cake mix flavor?

Yes, you can use any flavor of cake mix you like. 

Can you freeze cookie bars?

Yes, you can freeze these Easter magic bars for up to 3 months.

gooey bars with chocolate candies baked in.

Malted Gooey Cake Bars

5 from 1 vote
Gooey cake bars are the easiest dessert you’ll ever make. Add some Ovaltine and Whoppers or Robin Eggs and you have a malted version! These are perfect for a potluck because everyone will love them.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 16 bars
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 approx 15 ounce yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat milk
  • ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons Ovaltine (malted milk powder), divided
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ¼ cups malted milk balls (Whoppers or mini Robin Eggs), lightly crushed, divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9” pan with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray so that the bars don’t stick.
  • Add cake mix, butter, egg, milk, and ¼ cup Ovaltine to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until a thick dough forms. Note: you can do this with a hand mixer but it will take a long time for the dough to come together, so just be prepared.
  • Press about half of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Stir 3 tablespoons of Ovaltine into the sweetened condensed milk and pour over the top of the base. Sprinkle 1 cup of the crushed malted candy over the top.
  • Separate remaining dough into small balls and evenly space over the top of the bars. Press down to flatten. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup of malted candy and press lightly to stick.
  • Bake bars for about 25-30 minutes, or until they just begin to brown. Cool completely before slicing, otherwise the mixture will be too gooey to cut. Optional: eat straight from pan with a fork.

Recipe Notes

  • To make your Easter cookie bars more chocolatey, sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on the dough before baking.
  • Chill them before slicing so they’ll slice easily.
  • Swap Whoppers if you can’t find the Robins Eggs.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on March 10, 2023



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37 Comments

  1. I love pretty Easter treats and these look adorable AND yummy!! I love how soft looking they are!!

  2. I’ve never had a robin egg- interesting they are just like whoppers!! Never enough gooey cake bars in the world!!

  3. These are so bright and cute — total love at first sight! Honestly, I had never even heard of malted milk powder until you mentioned it in another Ovaltine recipes last summer. Where do I find it at the grocery store? Near the powdered/evaporated/condensed milk? I definitely want to get my hands on some; your gooey bars look too good to pass up!

    1. I usually just buy Ovaltine. That’s the only malted milk powder I ever find. It’s usually near the other hot chocolate mixes. You can drink it mixed with milk too – that’s how I grew up on it!

      1. Yay thanks Dorothy! Planning on going grocery shopping this afternoon (well, that’s totally predictable for a food blogger…) so I’ll be sure to check it out. So excited! 🙂

  4. Oh wow, these look wonderful. I’m definitely going to have to make some gooey bars very soon!

  5. Gooey bars with malted milk balls and Ovaltine?! I need to take a trip to the grocery store!

  6. These are so pretty, Dorothy! I love the way the candy coating ran a little, making these bars extra colorful! Beautiful. And I bet they are tasty too. 🙂

  7. I hear you about the malt thing…one of my favorites too! Have loved Ovaltine since I was a kid, and Whoppers — gotta have them! These bars look great — on my list to try! Ooey, gooey and filled with the best sweet stuff ever!

  8. Robins Eggs are totally my favorite Easter candy! I’ve avoided buying them so far, but these bars are making me reconsider! Yum!