Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Last Minute Red Velvet Cookies and Cream Valentine's Bars (Almost, but not quite, too late for Valentine's Day!)

I was reading a blog the other day that was talking about how the blogger had started preparing at the beginning of January for her February Valentine's Day blog posts.  I thought, "Wow, that's. . .so super prepared."

And then I realized that it usually never occurs to me to make things for holidays until after said holiday has happened, and I should probably get my act together and post a recipe or two for Valentine's Day.  I was actually going to make this post on Sunday, but then. . .I didn't.  Obviously.

My excuse is this: I wanted to wait until Dennis had gotten the shipment of these I sent him back to North Carolina, as to not ruin the surprise.  I'm sticking to that.  He's received them, and loves them, and now I can share the recipe with you guys, those who, like me, don't do so much of the planning ahead for baked goods.

I'd pinned this recipe to my Brownies & Bars Pinterest board, and the recipe came from The Domestic Rebel blog, which I love.  The only differences between mine and the ones she posted were the baking time -- mine took a little longer than she indicated -- and the fact that I didn't use sprinkles.

These are perfect for people who maybe will realize on Thursday they want to make a little something for their significant other/co-workers/post man/BFF for Valentine's Day, but they don't want to worry with fussy ingredients and long bake times.

(Also, you guys know I'm not a huge proponent of using cake mixes, but holy crap, these were so good!)

Last Minute Red Velvet Cookies and Cream Valentine's Bars
Makes 12-ish
Recipe from The Domestic Rebel


1 box red velvet cake mix
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
15 Oreos, coarsely crushed
25 Cookies & Cream Hershey's Kisses
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line a 9x13" baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with Pam or another nonstick spray.

Combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl until blended.  Press this mixture into the pan you've prepared and bake for 10 minutes.  

Remove pan from oven and top the mixture with the Oreos you've crushed, as well as the Hershey's kisses.  Drizzle this with the sweetened condensed milk.  This is going to look like one big, huge gloppy mess.  That's OK.  It's supposed to look like that.

Return to the oven and continue to bake, checking after 13 minutes.  Mine took about 22 minutes to completely bake through, so your time may vary.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool before cutting them.  Trust me on this one.

Deliver these to your Valentine's Day recipient and wait for fawning and adoration to befall you.  It'll happen.  You'll have to trust me on this one, too.

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