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gooey bars with chocolate candies baked in.
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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.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 5


  • 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


  • 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 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.


  • 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.


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