Raise your hand if birthday cake keeps you coming back for more *raises hand.* A sliver here and a silver there turns into a whole slice. I’m always cutting the corner piece for some extra frosting action. There is this a certain taste that comes with birthday cake that you can’t quite put your finger on, but you know only birthday cake has this taste.
Tbh it’s probably just a sh*t ton of sugar, but in the case of these boozy birthday bars, I think it’s the Amaretto. Almond flavoring is on the top of my list when it comes to baking. (Have you seen my Scandinavian Almond Bars? To die for.) Amaretto liquor is essentially almond extract in a milder (and more alcoholic) form.
I was worried about putting such strong flavors into one dessert, but in this case it worked. If anything, I think the Amaretto made the birthday cake flavor even stronger and that, in my opinion, is never a problem. Boozy birthday bars are, in my opinion, more satisfying than actual birthday cake because they have a better texture—dense, almost gooey—and go above and beyond with the combination of Amaretto and birthday cake.
In short, these dense, pudgy, boozy birthday bars are sprinkle-covered sugar bombs, worth every bite and are the perfect treat for indulging on your big day. So go ahead, make them!
Boozy Birthday Bars
- 1 box of Funfetti cake mix
- 1 stick 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup Amaretto liquor
- 1/2 cup from a 14 ounce can sweetened, condensed milk
- 1/2 cup sprinkles divided
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9x13 baking pan, set aside.
In a large bowl using a hand mixer or in a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, butter, egg and Amaretto. Add the condensed milk slowly and mix until combined. Next, using a rubber spatula, stir 1/4 cup of the sprinkles and all the white chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into prepared baking pan, sprinkle remaining sprinkles on top, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are just turning brown.
Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes so the center sets before cutting into squares.
Blondies remain fresh up to 10 days stored covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
If you wish to make nonalcoholic birthday bars, simply replace the Amaretto liquor with low-fat milk.