These easy and delicious Easter Cake Mix Bars only require 6 ingredients and are the perfect bar to serve up for Easter dessert. The bars are super soft and the topping gives a fun chewy crunch to every bite.
With Easter less than a week away, I thought I better get some festive treats up on the blog. My mom and I make a ginormous dinner on Easter and sometimes, it's just easier to have a simple recipe for dessert. These bars will be a hit. I love to be able to grab a dessert and take it on the run.. or to the living room and onto the couch where I will plant myself for the rest of the day.
I absolutely love the pastels in this cake mix bar. All of the beautiful pastels, bits of crunch from the nonpareils, loads of marshmallows and m&m's. I think this is one of my husband's new favorites. I will also have another variation of this cake mix bar that's more of my favorite later this week.
I'm curious as to what everyone serves at their Easter dinner?
We always have a delicious ham, potatoes, gravy, broccoli salad, sweet potatoes, baked beans, fruit salad, dinner rolls, etc. I only say etc. because I'm positive that can't be all. I normally make a couple pumpkin rolls, but I don't believe I will this time. Instead, I'm bringing these simple cake mix Easter bars.
What does everyone make for desserts? I guess it all depends with our family. Always pumpkin pie since my love needs one for every holiday. Then sometimes an apple or blueberry pie, sometimes pecan pie. This year it's a store bought chocolate silk pie courtesy of Marie Callender I do believe, homemade pumpkin pie, and some Easter cake mix bars.
Easter Cake Mix Bars
- 15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups fruity mini marshmallows plain mini marshmallows work too
- ½ cup Easter M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 7x11-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper and sides with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, add cake mix, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until combined.
- Evenly press the batter into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
- Place in the preheated oven for 18 to 23 minutes. The edges will be golden brown and when placing a toothpick into the center of the bar, it should come out clean or with moist crumbs.
- Sprinkle the marshmallows and then the M&Ms on top of the bars making sure evenly distribute them both.
- Place the bars back in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes. The shells of the M&M's will crack slightly and the marshmallows will melt into each other.
- Remove from the oven and let the bars cool completely.
- Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 bars to serve. The knife may stick to the marshmallows. To avoid this as much as possible, spray your knife with a little nonstick cooking spray or run very hot water over the knife and wipe it clean before making each cut.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)