Cookie Butter Funfetti Triple Chip Bars

I don’t know what took me so long to actually bake with cookie butter.

As opposed to just eating it straight from the jar at 12:19 a.m. Midnight snacks take on new meaning when cookie butter is involved.

Cookie butter is something that I could easily just eat from the jar with a spoon until it’s gone. And I do.

If you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter, look for Biscoff spread in your grocery store or big-box retailer, or just order some.

You could make this recipe with peanut butter or almond butter, but it’s not going to be quite the same taste experience.

Then again, if you’ve never had cookie butter, you don’t know what you’re missing so you may not want to order it, actually. It’s pretty addictive.

And so are these. Funfetti cake, coconut flakes, cookie butter, sweetened condensed milk.

Three kinds of baking chips are included:

Semi-sweet chocolate chips

White chocolate chips

Butterscotch chips

I was asked by Land ‘O Lakes to make something with their eggs.

I used their butter, too. Why not.

I was in oozy, drippy heaven with these. The cookie butter has almost imperceptible crushed cookie granules in it, adding a bit of grit to its texture. When paired with the ever-so-slight texture from the sprinkles in the Funfetti cake, and the coconut flakes, it was subtle-texture-nirvana.

The crunch of the baking chips contrasted with the smoothness of the melted cookie butter, well, we have a winner on our hands, kids.



Cookie Butter Funfetti Triple Chip Bars

Makes 24 bars

1 box Funfetti Moist Surpreme cake mix (use vanilla, white, butter, or yellow as alternates)

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon water, optional if necessary

3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut flakes

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup butterscotch chips

1/3 cup white chocolate chips

1 can (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1/3 heaping cup (just shy of 1/2 cup) cookie butter spread*

Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a 9-by-13 inch pan by lining it with aluminum foil and then spraying it with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, egg, vanilla and mix. The batter will be extremely thick and will be difficult to combine, but keep stirring or use your fingers and knead it together, adding the water if necessary. Press the dough it into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the coconut evenly over the dough, then sprinkle the three kinds of baking chips evenly.

In a mixing bowl (the same one from the cake mix is fine), combine the sweetened condensed milk and cookie butter, stir until well combined, and pour mixture evenly over dough, using a spatula to even it if necessary.

Bake for 24 to 26 minutes (for really gooey and drippy bars as shown in my photos)

Or Bake for 26 to 30 minutes for drier and less gooey bars. Baking notes: Watch the edges of the bars and as they begin to brown and pull away slightly from the sides of the pan, I would pull them out. Note that the middle of the bars will barely seem set, even after the full recommended baking time and that is okay. Take care not to overbake because these are best when gooey. The bars will set up considerably upon cooling. Allow bars to cool completely before slicing and serving. Store in an airtight container on the countertop or refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze for up to three months. I store mine in the freezer and they never really freeze solid because of the fat content.

*Try 1/3 cup peanut butter + 1 tablespoon pulverized molasses/ginger/graham cracker cookie crumbs + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon stirred in if you don’t have cookie butter. Although peanut butter is not cookie butter, if that’s all you have and are in a jam, try it.


Gather the goods. You can use yellow, white, or butter cake mix if you don’t have Funfetti on hand and use other nut butters or spreads as desired.

 Add the egg and butter to the cake mix, form a dough, press the dough into the prepared pan.

Sprinkle the coconut and baking chip trifecta over the top.

 Flood with the cookie butter and sweetened condensed milk mixture.

It looks soupy, and it was. The best possible kind of soup ever. Sweet, creamy, rich, indulgent.

 The soup mostly bakes off and solidifies, but make no mistake, these babies are gooey, drippy, and messy.

And they are rich and very sweet.

This recipe is for those with a serious sweet tooth and if you’re one of those people who says, “Oh, that run-of-the-mill chocolate chip cookie is too sweet for me” or are someone who scrapes excess frosting from birthday cake corners and edges because “all that” frosting is too sweet, this recipe is not for you.

For those with a serious sweet tooth (and a fatty-tooth; these are really rich and filling) you know who you are.

We are kindred spirits and this recipe is for you.

Related Recipes:

My excitement about the return of Cookie Butter to Trader Joe’s

Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie

No Bake Peanut Butter Biscoff Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan, almost GF with easy adaptation) – Made with peanut butter + Biscoff cookies. Try cookie butter spread + graham crackers or any number of combinations based on what you have.

Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies (No Bake, Vegan, with GF option)

There’s no cookie butter in these Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation), but their oozing and gooey factor is similar to the Cookie Butter Bars. Drippy decadence.

No cookie butter? Try Coconut Peanut Butter Magic Cake Bars

Do you like Funfetti cake?

Sprinkles inside of cake with that classic white-cake-meets-my-childhood-birthday-cakes flavor, Funfetti is always fun.

Have you tried Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread?

If you haven’t tried cookie butter, order some Biscoff Spread if you can’t find any in stores in your area. I’ve heard that Wal-mart consistently has it and many mainstream grocery stores (Ralph’s, Albertson’s, Kroger, etc.) are carrying it more commonly.

You’ve gotta try it, at least once. The taste, the texture of crushed graham crackers or molasses cookies, with a cinnamon-and-spice seasoning, sweetened, thick like very thick peanut butter and not runny and thin like almond butter. You can’t go wrong with cookie butter spread or Biscoff.

I’m convinced that the Dutch Speculaaspasta spread that I found in Aruba is the same exact product as Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter based on the packaging and the identical appearance and taste of the product inside the jar.

In comparing the taste of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter and Biscoff Spread, I think that Biscoff is a little softer, less thick, and spreads a bit easier. It also has a slightly more mellow flavor and is less intense with the hit of cinnamon and spice. However, they are very, very similar.

Yes, I do think there is a subtle difference, but it’s very minute and I know not everyone has access to TJ’s, so order some Biscoff.

The winner of the Purefit Nutrition Bars Giveaway is Patricia @ thecastironvegan

Don’t forget to enter the Cascal Natual Soft Drink Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a full-value coupon redeemable for any variety of LAND O LAKES® Eggs. All opinions are my own.


161 Responses to “Cookie Butter Funfetti Triple Chip Bars”

  1. Jennifer @ Next Up — April 29, 2012 at 10:39 am (#

    I’m a little scared to try the cookie butter. As someone who has a hard time not eating an entire jar of peanut butter minutes after purchase, I think I would do some major damage on cookie butter.

  2. Anna @ On Anna's Plate — April 29, 2012 at 10:40 am (#

    “This recipe is for someone with a serious sweet tooth”…that’s me :-) Treats that other people say are too sweet, I usually think are jusssst perfect :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 11:12 am (#

      We definitely need to meet up one day…we could taste test desserts together!

  3. Sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 29, 2012 at 10:46 am (#

    i have no words. i think you made these just for me Averie. i LOVE everything about these!!!! running to TJs ASAP to buy cokie butter….. :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 11:12 am (#

      I know you love your Funfetti…these are so good. There is just so much going on; something for everyone :) Thanks for the pin, too!

  4. Erica — April 29, 2012 at 11:07 am (#

    These look like a party in bar form! Our TJs finally got the cookie dough butter, but I haven’t purchased it…yet.

  5. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — April 29, 2012 at 11:36 am (#

    Are you kidding me?! These look amazing! I love Funfetti, it has a distinct taste that just can’t be imitated. And I love the thought of cookie butter and chocolate along with it!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm (#

      I know, Funfetti is one of a kind and it was staring at me in the cupboard, along with the cookie butter…and everything else. So in it all went!

  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 29, 2012 at 11:40 am (#

    What an amazing way to use Cookie Butter… I would love to try these (without the coconut) but I think I’d devour them all by myself….

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm (#

      The coconut gets a bit lost in it all; I mostly put it in, well, because it was just sitting in the pantry but of all the flavors, that’s the least pronounced so just skip it if you’re not a fan.

  7. CJ at Food Stories — April 29, 2012 at 11:53 am (#

    This would totally shoot my blood sugar levels off the chart but it does look amazing. Very gooey and decadent.

  8. Katherine Martinelli — April 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm (#

    I have not had that cookie butter, but I’m making a bee line for Trader Joes as soon as I get off the airplane in New York!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm (#

      Prepare to be in heaven! And thanks for the pins on your Cinco de Mayo board.

  9. kris — April 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm (#

    I haven’t had cookie butter before, but it sure looks delicious! Especially on top of those bars. oh gosh.

  10. marla — April 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm (#

    Every single person I see at TJ’s reaches for a jar of that cookie dough butter! These are such fun bars. I was pinning them earlier :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm (#

      Thanks for the pin!

      And knowing you, I think you’d love the cookie butter. Try a jar of it, just once. They have a no questions asked return policy if you don’t like it…haha :)

  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm (#

    I don’t have a TJ’s, and I have been on the hunt for Biscoff for months now. I am going to have to break down and order it, because I don’t think it can be found in my town. These bars look insane!

  12. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance — April 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm (#

    Wow, Averie! You never cease to impress me with your gift of creativity in the kitchen! If I wasn’t allergic to the wheat in cookie butter, I would be all over these!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm (#

      I gave a Peanut Butter suggestion in the recipe box. You could try that along with GF cake mix!

    • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance — April 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm (#

      See! Look at you! My limited-recipe-brain would have never even thought of such a thing haha! Thank you :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm (#

      Just one of those things I’ve been doing for so many years it’s second nature to think that way; either for my own needs or when writing recipes.:)

  13. j3nn — April 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm (#

    Oh my gawd. Where do you come up with this stuff?? Those flavors and the texture just looks incredibly GOOD!! Yummmmmy. I bet the smell is intoxicating.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm (#

      YES Intoxicating. Perfect word. And the smell, you and I are the same; very into all the senses that go into making food taste the way it does, from smell to texture, and these are…intoxicating :)

    • j3nn — April 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm (#

      Yup, that was my first thought: I bet those smell amazing. Like a bakery meets candy shop. Swooooooon.

  14. jojo — April 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm (#

    Ok, I have to try cookie butter RIGHT NOW!!
    The bars look sinfully scrumptious….. :P

  15. Tracy @ Commit to Fit — April 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm (#

    I’m not sure if we have cookie butter in Canada. I will have to check that out or or some, stat!

  16. Paula — April 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm (#

    I would have to hide the jar of cookie butter from myself, or turn it overto my husband for ” safe keeping”. I don’t know which one of us would go through it faster! I’ve had funfetti cake but haven’t ever used it. Those bars look sooo good. I love using sweetened condensed milk–it definitely creates that gooey factor!

  17. Erika - The Teenage Taste — April 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm (#

    Oh my gosh, these look so good! I don’t think I’d be able to control myself around these…but then again, they look so tasty I don’t know if I’d want to exercise any restraint!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm (#

      They are actually super rich so after one (or two), that’s about all I can handle. Sort of built-in restraint, so to speak, b/c they are so rich. Lol

  18. Cassie — April 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm (#

    This is so good on so many levels. I love everything about it!

  19. Michele Sparrow — April 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm (#

    “Gooey, drippy and messy”…is there any other way to eat a yummy dessert bar??! :-)

    I gotta go to our TJ’s and see if they have that cookie butter! TOMORROW! :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm (#

      I think you would love these, based on knowing you, I think they’d be a hit in your house!

    • Michele Sparrow — April 30, 2012 at 9:29 am (#

      You are on foodgawker for these!! (You probably already knew that!) :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 at 10:16 am (#

      Thanks for noticing. That doesn’t happen randomly :) I submit all my recipes to the food sites; FG, Tastespotting, Tasteolotie, SeriousEats, Kitchen Artistry, etc. It’s a full time job doing my submissions so it’s always nice when I get accepts :)

  20. Grace — April 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm (#

    Averie, you always take thing to the next and more amazing level! Thank you.

  21. Katie — April 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm (#

    Wow. Just…

  22. Audra@The-Baker-Chick — April 30, 2012 at 4:10 am (#

    I’ve been putting off trying the cookie butter because it just seemed too decadent and addicting. But- I must say these bars look insanely good. I may need to bite the bullet soon :)

  23. Julie @ Table for Two — April 30, 2012 at 5:38 am (#

    oh gosh, I love this!! I love the first picture of how the filling is almost dripping out the sides..looks so delicious!!

  24. Heather — April 30, 2012 at 5:56 am (#

    Wow- these look like a trip to childhood in a bite. I will make this when I’m with my cousins next time- for them of course ;)

  25. Christine (The Raw Project) — April 30, 2012 at 6:09 am (#

    Awesome recipe with great pics, how fun! I’ve never worked with Funfetti cake, but it looks interesting. I’ve tried Cookie Butter, it’s awesome, but have resisted buying another jar. :-P

  26. jackie @ marin mama cooks — April 30, 2012 at 6:35 am (#

    Happy Monday Averie. I have never tried cookie butter. You are tempting me to go out and purchase some though. I already have some addicting habits when it comes to peanut butter so I don’t think I want to add another one to my list. I absolutely love grilled peanut butter & jelly sandwiches especially with fig jam. You can also find me dipping a spoon into the jar of peanut butter mid-day (oh, it’s not the healthy stuff either, it’s Jiff).

    This latest creation of yours looks so gooey and yummy and I love all the vibrant colors. Funfetti is the perfect name. How many creations have you come up with thus far? I really think there is enough for a book, just saying…

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 at 8:10 am (#

      These happen to be so gooey, even gooier than most. And I loved the Funfetti specks of color, too. If you are a hardcore PB lover like I am, you will just fall in love with cookie butter. LMK when you try it! Not if, but when :)

  27. Melissa (Better Fit) — April 30, 2012 at 6:45 am (#

    Wow- I’ve never even heard of cookie butter! Have I been living under a rock?! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 at 8:09 am (#

      Possibly but in the best possible way b/c the stuff is so good it may have been a blessing :)

  28. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 30, 2012 at 6:53 am (#

    Holy moly, Averie! These look ridiculously good! I had never heard of cookie butter, but now I’ve got to get over to Trader Joes and find some!

  29. JulieD — April 30, 2012 at 7:05 am (#

    I love this! I loved Funfetti when I was a kid, these look so yummy!

  30. Amber K — April 30, 2012 at 7:16 am (#

    I have many good childhood memories of Funfetti cake, especially with that frosting that had the bits in it!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 at 8:08 am (#

      You with the insane sweet tooth: this is your recipe! :) Adapt to make GF and roll with it!

  31. Jacqueline — April 30, 2012 at 7:21 am (#

    Hey I thought you should know that you can make your OWN cookie butter with any type of cookies. I made this one and it was deadly delicious. Give it a try!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 at 8:08 am (#

      Fun post and I’ve seen other people make Oreo spread but figured since there is a filling it those, the spread would turn out a bit different (or better, creamier). I have done the same thing with Nutter Butters years ago. I should try it with molasses cookies.

  32. Bev Weidner — April 30, 2012 at 7:32 am (#

    Now those are some PURDY cookies!

  33. Tracy — April 30, 2012 at 8:00 am (#

    I………. need…………….. more……………… Biscoff Spread!!!! LOL. Well, I actually have mixed feelings about cookie butter spread because I LOVE IT SO MUCH but I will eat the whole jar by myself in less than a week…. If it had the protein of almond butter I wouldn’t feel so guilty. I think I just need to wait until I have a party or picnic that I need to bring something to and then make these : D

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 at 8:06 am (#

      I don’t even worry about the protein or lackthereof. I just mindlessly dive in :)

  34. Marina@Picnic at Marina — April 30, 2012 at 8:42 am (#

    What a sweet post Averie! It sure made my Monday! Although I am one of those, for whom it would be tooooooo sweet (Hey, I cut the sugar in half or less in anything I make, even jams!), but I love reading and your pictures! :)

  35. Catalina @ Cake with Love — April 30, 2012 at 8:46 am (#

    Wow Averie, why did you post this bars? They look so good, now I have no choice just to bake them and stuff my face, I won’t even share probably, they just look so damn delicious!!

  36. Koko — April 30, 2012 at 9:07 am (#

    These are SO fun Averie! Just the burst of color and flavour I need when I’m sick ;-)

  37. Deborah — April 30, 2012 at 9:10 am (#

    I have definitely eaten more biscoff straight from the jar than I have actually baked with it! :) These look so good – I love funfetti!

  38. Deirdre @ Ladies Holiday — April 30, 2012 at 9:41 am (#

    Had to have a cookie butter intervention after getting a friend hooked…We’re now enrolled in CA…
    I tried the biscoff cookies the other day and darned if they didn’t taste just like the butter! Will try the smoothie recipe soon!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 at 10:45 am (#

      a cookie butter intervention = LOL

      I remember you told me you corrupted a few friends with it :)

  39. Patricia @ thecastironvegan — April 30, 2012 at 9:51 am (#

    These look incredible….I’m usually a fan of sweet desserts but I finally tried the Biscoff spread a few months ago and I found it a bit sweet. Delicious, but sweet. I tried making a ‘flooded’ bar cookie a few weeks ago, using coconut milk, but it didn’t quite turn out right. I will try again and post when I am successful!

    For those of you who are having a hard time finding Biscoff, look near the peanut butter. Our local grocery store, Ingles, carries it, and we are in the middle of NOWHERE in the rural south – so I bet most places have it too!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 at 10:44 am (#

      I have heard that Walmarts consistently carry it and of all places, stores like TJ Maxx & Marshall’s in their housewares section often have jars of it.

  40. Melissa C. — April 30, 2012 at 10:49 am (#

    I have not tried funfetti cake… but it looks like it’s right up my alley! I’ll have to get a box or two

  41. Let Me Eat Cake — April 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm (#

    I’m so obsessed with cookie butter! there is nothing better well at least i thought but then you went and added goodness upon goodness to it! these bars look incredible

  42. Nicole {Sweet Peony} — April 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm (#

    Woah these look so good! I love all the colors & the drippy glaze on top!

  43. Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm (#

    Ohhhh what a treat! I have never heard about cookie butter and I’d love to try it – it looks like an instant addiction! The funfetti triple chip bars look absolutely tasty and the rest of the treats look phenomenal as well. Love your thinkin!

  44. BigFatBaker — April 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm (#

    I have been wanting cookie butter/biscoff spread so badly but NO ONE around here carries it. And honestly, I shouldn’t order any because I’m sure i’d be addicted. The second I find some I want to make your bars! Drool

  45. Jolene ( — April 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm (#

    I tried the cookie butter recently, and I will definitely be buying it again. It is great in oatmeal.

  46. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 1, 2012 at 5:19 am (#

    Oh my!! What a fabulous idea!!

  47. Alphatech Solutions — May 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm (#

    these look so delicious, mouth watering treats

  48. Hannah — May 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm (#

    Oh I’m so envious; we don’t have cookie butter here! This looks so fun :)

  49. molly — May 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm (#

    Wow, those funfetti bars look amazing! I made some Chocolate Chip Cookie Butter today that would be delicious in your recipe, thanks for the idea!

  50. Jess @ thefitspirit — June 8, 2012 at 3:26 am (#

    These all look amazing! Great idea using cake mix! I’m going to see if I can get cookie butter shipped to Australia, sounds to die for.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 8, 2012 at 8:57 am (#

      And if you can’t find it, just use peanut butter or almond butter and put a sprinkling of cinnamon or even a tablespoon or two of crushed graham crackers/crumbs into the PB and give it a stir. That will give you something on the right track of cookie butter.

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