Cream Cheese Funfetti Bars are simple, semi-homemade treats that are perfect to kick off spring baking. Start with a box of funfetti cake mix and add cream cheese to make these fun and delicious bars!
Funfetti Cream Cheese Bars
The weather has been such a tease here lately. The past two weekends have hit 60+ degrees but in between, we got a foot of snow. I’m so ready for spring.
I’m ready for birds singing, sunshine, bike rides… I have family in the south and blog friends across the country and I see all their pics on social media and I have major outdoor-activities jealousy.
For now, until it warms up, we run a lot of errands and do a lot of baking. Last weekend, we went to Walmart to stock up on baking supplies and swing by the toy department to do some pre-birthday browsing.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Funfetti Cake Mix – Funfetti cake mix comes in many varieties. I used the “spring” version here (pastel colors) but any of them will work.
- Cream Cheese – I used regular, full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature.
- Butter – I used salted butter here but most bakers prefer to use unsalted so you can control the salt content.
- Egg – One large egg.
- Vanilla Extract – I know pure vanilla extract is expensive right now (there’s a shortage) but please use real and non imitation. I like to save a bit by stocking up at Sam’s or Costco and buying in bulk.
- Vanilla Funfetti Frosting – Again, the Funfetti frosting comes in many colors/flavors. I used vanilla here but you can use whichever you like.
- Sprinkles – Don’t skimp on the sprinkles. They make life better.
After we were done with the baking supplies and made our way to the toy department, our trip got a little waylaid. Julia was crouching down looking at a PlayDoh display and I was standing right next to her.
She somehow tipped over, like toddlers tend to do, and an older woman ran over her fingers with her cart. Julia, of course, started crying immediately so I swooped her up to make sure she was ok. She was, but you know what the woman said?
Not, “is she ok?”, not, “I’m sorry!”. Just an irritated “jeeze”. People really disappoint me sometimes.
Anyway, we headed home and started baking. I’ve mentioned it many times before, but baking with her is one of my favorite things to do. I’m really lucky in that she’s pretty patient in the kitchen and can generally be trusted with pouring ingredients into the bowl.
Using a cake mix is perfect for her attention span – we whipped up these bars in no time.
Have you ever tried adding cream cheese to box cake mix? You end up with these delicious funfetti cheesecake bars that are fun and festive.
I used the spring version of Funfetti cake mix and vanilla frosting but the traditional one will work just as well. I also added extra sprinkles to the batter (the ones that came with the frosting can) to up the oomph of pretty colors.
Equipment you’ll need
- Sprinkles! – I like to use these pretty confetti sprinkles in these bars.
- 9 x 13 Baking Dish – I love that this one has a lid for storing leftovers.
- Hand Mixer – As much as I love my stand mixer, I find myself reaching for my hand mixer even more.
- Silicone Spatulas – I love the variety of shapes & sizes in this set. And colors!
How to make them
Making Funfetti Cream Cheese Bars is easy!
- First, add your room temperature butter & cream cheese to a mixing bowl and cream together.
- Next, add in the egg & vanilla and mix until fully combined.
- Then, add in the cake mix, 1/3 at a time, mixing in between. The batter will be very thick! Feel free to stir in more sprinkles at this point!
- Finally, spread the batter into a 9×13 baking dish that’s been lined with parchment paper and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Once done and cooled, slice in bars & serve!
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