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Malted Gooey Cake Bars

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.
Servings 16 bars
Author Dorothy Kern

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons Ovaltine malted milk powder, divided
  • 1/2 cup from a 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cups malted milk balls Whoppers or mini Robin Eggs, lightly crushed, divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray so that the bars don’t stick.
  • Add cake mix, butter, egg, milk, and 1/4 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 1/2 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 1/4 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.