These chewy Cookies and Cream Bars are perfect for any Cookies and Cream lover. Topped with lots of fluffy cream cheese frosting, these bars are pretty amazing.
Do you ever have days where you feel completely overwhelmed with your life?
I get one of those days like, once a month.
I can usually tell when it’s coming because I get that feeling of things piling up. Like if one more stinking thing gets added to my list, the top will literally pop right off of my head.
The next thing you know, my son brings home a form from school that I need to fill out, then I realize that we need to go over homework and I have to pack lunches and start dinner, and then I blink and I’m calling my husband crying.
And of course, it’s that weird hiding in the closet whisper crying because I don’t want the kids to think A) I’m crazy, or B) It’s their fault. That’s the thing overwhelming thing about being a mom — there are so many layers! I can’t even be an emotional mess without thinking of how it will affect others.
For the love, moms need awards ceremonies or something. We deserve it.
When I call my husband, he immediately tries to pinpoint the exact issue and find a solution. OF COURSE. Because that is what men do.
“What is on your list that has you overwhelmed so we can get it done together?” Which in theory, is a good question. But what he doesn’t understand is that the things on my list are hard to pinpoint. Things like change diapers. Make an appointment for Lucy to get shots. Make a grocery list but wait to do it until Lucy lays down because if she sees you writing she will yell, “DRAW!!” and try to steal your pen and scream when you don’t let her have it.
Go TO the grocery store (which with a toddler, is a WHOLE BIG THING).
Make an appointment for my annual. I mean, yes, that happens.
Clean out the linen closet. Catch up on laundry. Answer email. Write blog posts. Weed through Lucy’s drawers for clothes that don’t fit. Pick Jon David up from school. Pay Bills. Go to the gym. Make dentist appointments for the kids. Go through that massive stack of magazines and throw some away.
(also, why does throwing away magazines stress me out SO BAD?? I can’t ever choose which ones to get rid of!!)
None of those things sound very big when you say them out loud, but I assure you — when they are all fighting for attention in your brain, they become insurmountable obstacles.
So once a month I am a crazy lady, then I wake up in the morning and make a list and realize I’ve got it all in check.
Drama. But also, life is just hard sometimes. For real, we don’t talk about that enough.
Because life is hard, we need dessert. It doesn’t fix the issue, but it makes it bearable. And if it’s a simple dessert, even better.
Like these bars!
They’re perfectly chewy, perfectly cookies and cream-ey, and so great for after school snacks. I shared these with some of my husband’s friends and they were gone in minutes. Definitely a new favorite around here!
- 1 box (18.25 oz) Duncan Hines White Cake mix
- 1 small box (4.2 oz) instant Oreo pudding mix
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 15 Oreo cookies, roughly chopped
- 4 Tablespoons salted butter, softened
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray bottom only of an 8x8 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, and oil until a dough forms. Mix in the half of your chopped cookies and press the dough evenly into the bottom of your pan.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or so -- until the edges are barely golden and the bars are puffy and firm on top. Remove from oven and let cool completely on wire rack.
- Prepare frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar, beating on low until combined. Increase mixer speed to high and beat for one minute. Spread frosting evenly over bars in pan. Top with remaining cookie pieces.
Keep uneaten bars covered and stored in the refrigerator.
Have a very happy Monday!