kitchen sink cake bars

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~ kitchen sink cake bars ~

I was craving a certain treat that I had enjoyed when Jeff and I were vacationing in Chicago. There’s this little coffee shop in the Water Tower Place Mall called “Sacred Grounds” that makes these huge cookies called “Kitchen Sink Cookies.” I remember they were chock full of chewy, crunchy, chocolaty, “stuff” and on Saturday I decided to create a bar inspired by that cookie.

preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

butter a 9 x 13 glass cake pan

In a large bowl, combine:

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 cup applesauce

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

stir until completely combined and smooth


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 cups old fashioned cooking oats (uncooked)

Mix well.

Fold in:

1/4 cup sweetened coconut

1 cup chopped dates

1/2 cup coarse chopped pecans

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

1 cup crispy bacon crumbles, cooled

2 Tablespoons bacon drippings

mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed

Spread the bar batter into the buttered cake pan, mixture will be thick. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until completely set and golden brown.

Cool completely, cut into squares, drizzle with maple glaze (combination of powdered sugar, milk and maple extract.)



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  6 comments for “kitchen sink cake bars

  1. February 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Ah, I was hoping these weren’t actually *made* in the kitchen sink… that would be kind of “ick”… now I see it’s because of the myriad different ingredients inside! Sounds delish, and bacon……aaaaaaaahhhh!

    • Melissa
      February 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      LOL! That’s exactly what my husband said. “Um, are you sure you want to call them ‘kitchen sink bars'”? hee hee. But, I had to…everything but the kitchen sink in there. They turned out pretty darn yummy. xo

  2. February 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Wow, Melissa! Those sound amazing! How can they not be with both crispy bacon *and* bacon drippings?! Quick question: do you use the warm drippings, or drippings from the jar in the ‘fridge?

    • Melissa
      February 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Kirsten! thanks for commenting! either cold or warm drippings will work 🙂 xo

  3. Judie Carter
    February 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I am Australian, can you please tell how big a stick of butter is, weight wise.

    • Melissa
      February 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Judie 🙂 A stick of butter is 1/2 cup (1/4 pound.) Hope this helps! enjoy the recipe.

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