White Chocolate Cookie Bar Recipe

white chocolate cookie bars

White Chocolate Cookie bar recipe

Last month we got snowed in here in North Carolina-a whopping 3 whole inches. The day before the snow came I did what every good Southerner does before a snowstorm and stocked up excessively on my milk, bread and eggs.

While I was at the store I thought to myself, if I’m going to be stuck inside with my three boys for a day or two I might as well try a few of those recipes I’ve been storing in the back of my mind.  I loaded up my cart with baking supplies and spent two days testing new recipes. This recipe, for White Chocolate Cookie Bars, was a huge hit with my boys and neighbors and I’m very excited to share it with you today!!


1 box yellow cake mix
1 box instant white chocolate pudding mix
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup +1/2 cup white chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl mix cake mix, pudding mix, water, oil, and eggs until well blended.
  • Add in one cup of chocolate chips and combine.
  • Spread mixture in a greased 9×13 baking pan and sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  • Bake 25-30 minute until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool before cutting. Makes about 20 bars.

white chocolate cookie bars

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family did!

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pretty Handy Girl

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pretty Handy Girl

It’s that time of year! Time to bake some delicious cookies for Santa (and friends, of course. Oh okay, and for me!) I don’t bake sweets often, but when I do I like quick and easy recipes. That’s how I created this simple Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I can’t take all the credit, because Betty Crocker did most of the work by making the mix ;-). But, I dressed it up a little with some sea salt and Wether’s Original caramels. Oh and I enlisted the help of my boys (who never turn down the opportunity to make cookies.)


Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pretty Handy Girl

  • Betty Crocker Chocolate Cookie Mix (Gluten Free or Regular) makes approx. 24 cookies
  • Bag of Werther’s Original chewy caramels
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Stick of butter

Having a mixer and a chopper makes this cookie making event even easier!



Unwrap the caramels. I used approximately 1 bag per cookie mix.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut the caramels into small pieces. Let the kids smack the chopper for extra fun (hold the base and let them smack the top.) Set aside the caramels. [Read more...]

DIY Scented Room Spray

DIY Scented Room Spray | Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Scented Room Spray | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m not exactly known for my short and sweet tutorials. But, I assure you this recipe for making DIY scented room spray is exactly that…short and sweet! What I like best about this DIY room spray is that it uses natural ingredients and natural scents. The chemical or fake smell of commercially bought room deodorizers really bothers me.

Ingredients & Supplies: [Read more...]

Pinterest Tested – DIY Translucent Powder and Greek Yogurt Pancakes



You know when you see something on Pinterest and you think, “That has to be too good to be true!” Well, these were two such pins that I recently tried and they lived up to their claims!

The first is a DIY Translucent powder from Great Oak Circle.


I made the recipe per instructions, only I ended up using 2 parts corn starch:1 part green clay and a small amount of cocoa. Be forewarned it will have a slight Kermit-de-Frog color, but it doesn’t change my hue. I’ve been wearing the powder for a month now and it cuts shine! At the end of the day my face has no shiny oily nose or forehead! (Granted with this heat and humidity I have been sweating a little.)


The second pin I tried was a recipe for Greek Yogurt pancakes by Everyday Belle.


I have to tell you I will never make regular pancakes again! These were so yummy and very filling in a good way (not the usual airy full that wears off and leaves you hungry after an hour.) I did have to add some milk to the recipe to thin the mix. But, it was still a thick pancake batter.

Please pin these projects from their original sources: Homemade Translucent Powder from Great Oak Circle and Greek Yogurt Pancake Recipe by Everyday Belle

Have a Pinterest pin you want me to test? Leave a link in the comments below.


Red, White & Blueberry Fruit Pops



Summertime is here and cool popsicles are a must on a hot day. Sure you can buy a pack of popsicles at the grocery store, but this mama is trying to eliminate food dyes and increase the healthy desserts. With that goal I set forth to create festive fruit popsicles using a few ingredients I had on hand. And I used my newest kitchen appliance, the Ninja (which I absolutely LOVE! And am not paid to say that.)

Ingredients: [Read more...]

How to Survive without a Kitchen during Renovation



I’ve been asked many times how we’re surviving without a kitchen. I have to admit, there were a few weeks of adjustment for us, but now things are humming along relatively easily. We have a makeshift kitchen and a dishwashing set up that works for us. But, living without a kitchen is a bit like being on SURVIVOR. Come on in and I’ll show you the behind the scenes peek into our lives and share some tips to help make your kitchen remodel a little easier should you choose to take on the challenge! [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Peppermint Oreo Recipe


Welcome to Day One of 10 Days of 15 Minute DIY Gift Ideas!

Want a quick and easy holiday recipe you can make with the kids? When you don’t have time to bake, but you still want to give a homemade holiday treat, try this recipe for Peppermint Oreos! (Recipe adapted from Centsational Girl’s recipe for Chocolate Wafers with Peppermint Buttercream Filling.

Quick Peppermint Oreos

Only 3 ingredients: [Read more...]

Grilled Corn Pesto Pizza


grilled pesto corn and tomato pizza recipe

I have been pinning lots of grilled pizza recipes, but honestly I’ve never grilled a pizza before. Frankly, I was grossed out by the fact that Pretty Handsome Guy has been grilling salmon, burgers and hot dogs on the grill. (Not grossed out by the food, just the accumulation of oils and grease.) Our grill has not been cleaned in five years. I didn’t want my fancy gourmet pizza to be contaminated by those greasy meats and their cooties. (Call me a grease-a-phob. Go ahead.)

Procter & Gamble sent myself and the other Lowe’s Creators a nice gift basket of products for cleaning my grill.

  • Dawn Grill Cleaner
  • Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

(All of them are available exclusively at Lowe’s, so grab them next time you’re DIY shopping.)

It didn’t take much to persuade me to tackle that big greasy beast. I confronted the challenge full force with gloves, an entire roll of paper towels and a garbage bag. I was determined to slay that nasty oily grill. [Read more...]