Momma Told Me: An Ode To Sprinkles: Try Our Gooey Sprinkle Bars Recipe!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

An Ode To Sprinkles: Try Our Gooey Sprinkle Bars Recipe!

Try these simple and fun Gooey Sprinkle Bars for your next birthday, book club night, or kids in the kitchen time. Similar to blondies, these colorful bars are chewy and melt in your mouth with a generous white chocolate sprinkle layer.
Momma Told Me: Everything I make can't look like a unicorn exploded!

People may refer to me as a 'living rainbow' for my ever revolving choices in hair-color, fashion, food, and more, but my obsession with all things fun and colorful began at a very early age. No, I'm not referring to the challenge of picking out a thrift store ensemble during one of Momma's famous runs to Goodwill, I'm referring to my love of Sprinkles. Let me tell you, as a child I would have put sprinkles on my pizza if it was kosher. And now that I'm thinking of it, Momma did have a great dessert pizza recipe that involved such gratuitous use of colored sugar specks- but that is a recipe for another time.
Gooey Sprinkle Bars Ingredients
You see Momma wasn't much of a kid person- she would have much rather spent her time grilling me for multiplication tables of local historical facts than try to decipher the sordid tales of the Barbie Wives of Southern California with me.Yes, my childhood was fairly strict, but Momma was all about creativity. When it was time to pick up a paint brush, pair of scissors, or wooden spoon, there were no rules. And Momma knew, for me, any recipe could be made magical with sprinkles (which we dubbed fairy poop for quite a while.) You see, Sprinkles are cheap, and not just for ice cream sundaes, my friends.
Most traditional Sprinkles are soft and will gently melt away if given the chance; leaving but a little blur of color as a reminder of their presence. For me, sprinkles were just as much about the rainbow of colors as the texture- Sprinkles come in all shapes and sizes, but the classic, ice cream shopper style sprinkles, those are the best. I'd stand there, barely able to peer over the kitchen counter, and watch the river of colors slide from one end of the sprinkle shaker to the other. Even the sound was playful, and there was nothing more fun than watching them pour onto my favorite dessert.
Gooey Sprinkle Bars recipe GIF
Spring is the perfect time for Sprinkles. While many will be celebrating the Easter holiday this weekend, you don't have to be any age or faith to appreciate a sweet, gooey, colorful, recipe like these Gooey Sprinkle Bars. this recipe has it all, chocolate, a candy rainbow, and a chance to play with your food as you spread the dough into the bottom of the pan. You most likely have all of the ingredients on hand right now- we all have a sprinkle stockpile, right? Give this favorite recipe a chance, and relieve a little bit of childhood wonder today. Now, tell me the truth, when was the last time you used sprinkles in a recipe or as a topping, and what was it?

What Daughter Says: Cooking with colors, whether a delicious vegetable ratatouille, or birthday cupcakes, will always be a thrill of mine.

Try these simple and fun Gooey Sprinkle Bars for your next birthday, book club night, or kids in the kitchen time. Similar to blondies, these colorful bars are chewy and melt in your mouth with a generous white chocolate sprinkle layer.
Gooey Sprinkle Bars
***Click here for printable Sprinkle Bars recipe.

1 Box White Cake Mix (Funfetti Optional)
1 Stick Butter, Softened (Not Melted)
1 Egg (or 2 Egg Whites For Whiter Finish)
2/3 Cup Sprinkles, Divided
1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Cup White Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350F

1. Grease and flour an 8x8 cooking pan (glass/Pyrex preferred.) 

2. Combine cake mix, butter, and egg (or egg whites for less browning) to the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix until a thick dough forms. Add 2/3 C sprinkles and fold in by hand.

3. Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. If the dog is sticky or stretchy you may form a ball and stretch it by hand (pizza dough style) to form a layer that fits the bottom of the pan. 

4. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips and remaining 1/3 C sprinkles. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top.

5. Seperate remaining dough into ball portions and evenly space them over the top of the chip/milk layer. Press down to flatten.

6. Bake the bars for 30 minutes at 350F, or until they just begin to brown. If using the whole egg recipe this will be indicated by the slight pulling away of the bars from the pan and browning around outer edges. Allow to cool completely before slicing, as they will be quite gooey in the center when warm!


  1. I love them, although we call them jimmies back East. In all honesty I can't keep them in the yurt 'cause I eat them right out of the jar. Bad Patty, bad, bad, bad Patty. These look very colorful and very sweet.

    1. This looks DELICIOUS. Much yum.

      Patty - my family and I are from the MA/RI area and when I tried to order something with "sprinkles" there, they have no clue what I am talking about! lol. It's always been "jimmies." Kinda fun.

  2. Oooh, my daughter would love these. Another great idea for her birthday. We don't typically use sprinkle in a recipe, but my kids put them on ice cream. My friend just put some on some Easter Bread she gave to us.

  3. looks like an easy recipe and my daughter would love to do this with me. Will try this one of this days.

  4. HOW COOL My daughter made rice crispy treats with cake batter just this weekend! She did not use this recipe - it was different and SO good but I am sharing this with her too!

  5. You find those a lot here in New Jersey, some people call them jimmies and some call them sprinkles. Your sprinkles are so colorful, they would be great for a party.

  6. We use these sprinkles all the time on Pancakes in my house!! These look and sound delicious! My youngest is obsessed with putting sprinkles on everything we let her.

  7. These are too perfect for a Princess party! I love how colorful and fun these turned out.

  8. Oh wow, I don't see how those even make it to the oven!!! That just looks so good, and sprinkles or jimmies (whichever you call them) makes life that much sweeter!!

  9. These sound awesome and I love how it's a simple and few ingredient recipe! Easy to make dessert bars? Count me in!!! :)