Last night I wanted to make something special for my hubby, because I am going to be out of town next week, so I fired up the old computer, called up Pinterest and clicked on the first recipe that caught my eye. I loved the fact that these bars were simple to make, used a vanilla cake mix, which, in my pantry will be gluten free, since I have celiac disease, and I liked the name.
In Texas, when I was a teen, living in the country and cooking for my mom, dad and brother on a Sat. night, instead of “cruising the drag” with the other high school kids, I became quite skilled at making chess pie. It is a basic custard pie with a distinctive flavor. These bars taste quite similar, but they have a cake mix crust and a vanilla/cream cheese flavor.
To make this recipe gluten free, substitute the vanilla cake mix for a Duncan Hines gluten free vanilla mix, and make sure to buy gluten free vanilla.
We loved the crunchiness of the cake mix “crust”, so I think I will doctor it a bit at Christmas time, adding cherry pie filling or nuts to make the recipe more festive.
On a 5 🙂 scale I would give this Pinterest repin a 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Worth the download!
Thanks Amanda and Kevin